color in the garden

12 Tips on How To Use Color In The Garden

– Posted in: Garden Design
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There are several elements that make up a well thought out landscape: they include structure, shape, texture, scent, and movement. But for the majority of us home gardeners, the first element we take into consideration when designing our own personal paradise is color. Thanks to renowned garden authors like Penelope Hobhouse, who wrote Color In [...]

On the Path to Art

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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This will be a bit of a challenge.  Photos are supposed to tell a story, so I present a series of photos without comment. The set up:  I was in Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon looking to add two photos into my lecture "Finding the Photo".  I always try to add photos that are current and [...]

Kangaroo Paws

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Photography
Cover with text Kangaroo Paw - Anigozanthos 'Harmony'

As soon as I stepped out the back door of  Christina's house I knew her garden was going to provide all sorts of photo opportunities. Oakland, California garden designer Sherry Merciari had referred me to Christina when I asked about gardens with no lawn, but I didn't know what to expect.  When I saw the [...]

Yellow and Daffodils

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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What we see and what we capture with the camera are often different; too often if you are not careful to photograph with intent.  What my mind's eye sees when I enter my garden this time of year are yellow daffodils. But actually there are only a very few. In my mind's eye I am [...]

Red and Green at Christmas

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Visits
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I was photographing Quarryhill Botanical Garden for a magazine story last month and stumbled across these huge gorgeous red berries of Cornus kousa.  Why did I immediately think of Christmas? Before I go into a bit of lore, let me explain about "stumbling across" the picture.  I was in the middle of the garden working [...]