Saxon Holt

Succulent Extravaganza 2014, Recap

– Posted in: Succulents
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That red echeveria really did glow like it was plugged into a light socket. It was at the fourth annual Succulent Extravaganza, which took place at Succulent Gardens nursery near Santa Cruz, Sept. 26-27, 2014. "Attendance was up about 65 percent---approximately 2,000 visitors over two days," nursery owner Robin Stockwell told me. Below: My GGW [...]

Time for Action – Kids Outdoors

– Posted in: Miscellaneous
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I opened my morning newspaper (yes, dating me…) and felt sick.  Not because of global wars, ebola, climate change, or because the Giants had lost to the Dodgers. The full page ad on the back of Section A is from NBCUniversal and Comcast, my local cable giant, proudly announcing they are "bringing media and technology together [...]

Photographing a new Rose

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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A new rose takes years to reach the market.  The process of breeding, testing, analyzing, selecting, and then propagating enough to sell, and then marketing, all have timetables.  The rose above that I photographed for Star Roses two years ago with no name is now being released.  When I was asked to photograph this rose, all I [...]

Gardening Is A Sacred Act

– Posted in: Garden Musings
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"Gardening is a sacred act. When you dig a hole in the ground, and feel the soil in the palm of your hands or as it crumbles between your fingers, you’re participating in a ritual that’s been taking place since the dawn of humankind. There's a rhythm to gardening that soothes our souls and awakens [...]