Saxon Holt

Vacation in Maui

– Posted in: Garden Travels
Storm damage Maui - plumeria blown from trees

Was I just in Maui County, Hawaii ?  Was last week a dream ?  And are there really gardens there ? First, lest anyone be concerned that the hurricane that struck Hawaii last week ruined my family vacation, I can only post photos of the damage.  The plumeria trees shook off their flowers, littering the [...]

Lavender Harvest – Photo Shoot

– Posted in: Garden Photography
basket of harvested lavender in basket on garden chair

I have just started working on a new herb book and most of the photos need to come from my library, so I began sifting through the inventory.  Look what I found.  What fun I had shooting this lavender harvest. Lavender is an iconic herb.  There are entire books on the subject, but for this book there would [...]

This is New Mexico ?

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Travels
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It is such fun to enter a botanic garden with no expectations, not knowing what, or if, there will be anything to photograph. I was in New Mexico recently, among other things photographing the Domenici Courthouse, a Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) project. SITES™, the landscape equivalent of LEED, now has projects becoming certified and I [...]

Photographing in a Garden

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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When you want to photograph a garden get inside it. By this I don't mean walk off the street and step inside the fence, or move from the backyard patio onto the lawn or path.  Immerse yourself in the garden, get under a tree, look through a gate, get behind a bench. By doing this you will give your [...]

Flowers for the Bride

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Annie's wedding flowers

Weddings and old fashioned flowers seem to go hand in hand.  So it is a wonderful new trend in the floral industry that local flower farmers are now being sought out as an alternative to commercial greenhouse and imported flowers. Even more cool, my daughter Annie found a local farmer in Virginia for her own [...]