A life-long gardener, Saxon Holt spent his professional time as a commercial photographer until 1985 when he discovered the gardening market and could no longer stay indoors. He quickly developed a reputation as a photographer with a distinct vision and understanding of plants and landscapes.
His work has been featured in diverse publications from Architectural Digest and Pacific Horticulture Magazine, to Smithsonian and MoneyMagazine along with most major book publishers, as well as calendars, newspapers, and note cards. He owns the stock photo library PhotoBotanic, www.PhotoBotanic.com with more than 200,000 garden pictures where clients may license photographs directly from his collection.
His work and his own books increasingly focus on the relationship between gardens and the land, seeking a sustainable aesthetic that can enhance both gardener and the earth. In the seminal 2004 book Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates Saxon was determined "to change the aesthetic of what we expect to see in a garden photograph". The book received awards from both The American Horticultural Society and The Garden Writers of America.
His recent books The American Meadow Garden with John Greenlee (Timber Press 2009) and Hardy Succulents with Gwen Kelaidis (Storey Publishing 2007) allowed him to explore gardens that have an authentic connection to place. Both of these collaborations with author and publisher have been recognized as a Silver Medal, Outstanding Book by The Garden Writers of America.
Previous books include Grasses with Nancy Ondra, The Herbalist Garden with Shetoyia de la Tour, Small Patios with Hazel White, All America Roses with Rayford Reddell, 100 English Roses for the American Garden with Clair Martin.
Professionally, he is a member of SAA (Stock Artists Alliance), ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals), GWA (Garden Writers of America), and blogs regularly at the award winning garden blog, Gardening Gone Wild.
He lives and gardens Northern California where he has found the climate for plants and adventuresome gardeners to be a constant source of inspiration and is currently working on a book with herbalist Tammi Hartung, 100 Herbs That Heal (Storey 2011) while planning new ventures in multi-media.
All America Roses
Herbs for Health