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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Find the Photo – a lecture with Saxon Holt

Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 2PM to 3:30PM
at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Join us for a lecture and Q&A with renowned landscape and garden photographer, Saxon Holt. Learn how to look at a beautiful garden (such as MCBG) and decide what to photograph and how to frame it. 

A photographer can be easily overwhelmed in the middle of a beautiful garden, coming away with just snapshots that are little more than reminders you were there. This happens to all photographers in the rush of excitement coming into beautiful places. Let the camera help you, and learn a few tricks on detailing what you see into distinctive stories in this lecture “Find the Photo”.

Building on his Think Like A Camera e-book and workshops, Saxon will use his photos from MCBG to illustrate composition, points of view, and telling stories with any camera.



  • The lecture registration fee includes Gardens admission for the day so plan to come early and see the sights!
  • The lecture will include indoor instruction, masks are optional. If you are sick, please stay home.


Audience size is limited, advanced registration is recommended to secure a spot. You can register online (click the appropriate registration link below) or at the MCBG gift shop. All educational program fees are non-refundable unless the lecture has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens. PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to register for the Perennial Photography Workshop you do not need to register for this lecture. The workshop fees cover attendance to Saxon's Find the Photo Lecture.


Lecture Registration .......................... $30 per attendee and includes Gardens admission for the day

Member Lecture Registration ............ $20 per current MCBG Member   *Verify your membership to receive discount


Saxon Holt is a photojournalist and sole photographer of more than 30 garden books, most recently Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates published by Timber Press.  

He currently directs the Summer-Dry Project (, an initiative to provide gardeners with information and examples to inspire sustainable, climate-adapted gardens in summer-dry and Mediterranean climates.

He offers garden photography workshops based on his e-book Good Garden Photography, found on the website where dozens of lessons on garden photography can also be found. “Being in a garden on a hunt for good photographs is a privileged time with plants. Photographers should be conscious to look carefully and compose within the camera frame.”
Saxon is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), a Fellow of GardenComm (Garden Communicators International), and owner of the PhotoBotanic Garden Library.

His work increasingly focuses on the relationship between gardens and the land, seeking a sustainable aesthetic that can enhance both gardener and the earth. 
“Gardens matter. Every small act we do adds resiliency.”


Date: Saturday, August 12, 2023