About Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is the owner of PhotoBotanic, a garden picture resource for photographs, workshops, and garden photography stories. A landscape photographer and award winning photojournalist with more than 20 garden books, he lives and gardens in Northern California.

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Dogwood – Finding the Photo

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It’s Spring !  At least here in California.  Since many friends across the country are still thawing out, how about we go looking for a photo in my garden?  My pink dogwood tree, Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’, is putting on quite a show.

‘Finding the Photo’ is a classic lesson from my Workshop series.  I ask my students to look at the garden and go beyond the snapshot.  Find that photo that tells a story, that narrows down the viewer’s attention to exactly what you want them to see. Continue Reading →

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San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

As the official photographer for the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show this year, I had access to a lift so that I could shoot down on the gardens.  I was up with these dragons overlooking  the amazing landscapes.

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I was also a judge for the Garden Conservancy so I had early access as the gardens were primped and ready to show. Come fly around . . .   Continue Reading →

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Maggie the Mannequin at San Francisco Garden Show

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The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is March 19-23, and what a surprise, the advertising theme is flowers.  But the fun thing is an injection of new energy targeting a younger audience and special events.

As anyone who has attended the Show in recent years knows, the Show is not in San Francisco, but in San Mateo Convention Center 20 miles south.  While this is convenient for a large audience that lives in these suburbs, it lacks the energy of a City atmosphere and is tough for public transportation.

New owners of the Show are looking for ways to move it back to San Francisco but in the meantime they are looking for new ideas to make it a success and an event with buzz. Continue Reading →

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Georgia O’Keeffe – Gardener

The current show of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, Modern Nature, at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum reveals the the gardener observing nature.

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The works in the exhibition are all from a period of her life when she painted at the vacation resort town of Lake George, New York, before moving to the Southwest where she spent most of her career.  O’Keeffe was married to Alfred Stieglitz during this time, the famous photographer and gallerist who almost single handedly popularized impressionist art in America.

We see her studies of the Eastern landscapes with the trees, leaves, and most remarkably the garden flowers from the summer garden of the Stieglitz family, seen with the appreciation of a gardener that seeks to celebrate plants.

“I wish people were all trees and I think I could enjoy them then.” Georgia O’Keeffe 1921 Continue Reading →

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It Rained !

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While most of the country has been suffering under a brutally cold winter, we in California have been waiting for winter rains.  It has been brutally dry.  We have not had a soaking rain for 13 months.

So you gardeners can imagine the joy  of our recent rains.  I spent each day this past weekend working in the garden, in the rain, in rapture.   The earth is breathing, sighing, releasing its bonds.  Immediately everything in my garden perked up. Continue Reading →

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