Do you ever find yourself looking at the glossy photos of lush, colorful, perfectly manicured gardens in gardening magazines such as Garden Design, Fine Gardening or Better Homes & Gardens and thinking…no matter what I do, my garden never looks like that? Well, apparently, neither do those gardens!
I’d always assumed there was some creative editing happening in those photos, much like the way photos of models are often airbrushed or photoshopped to take off 10 pounds, but I never had confirmation until now.
I was reading a post on Genevieve Schmidt’s blog, North Coast Gardening about organic gardening and learning to love what you have growing in your garden (think natives or regionally appropriate ornamentals) rather than using all sorts of chemicals to make your garden some kind of artificial environment to support plants that really should not be growing there.
As Genevieve was responding to comments readers (including me) had left on her blog, she mentioned Saxon Holt, a famous garden photographer, and how he readily admits that he has ‘stuffed’ gardens with container plants before a photo shoot. Confirmation at last!
Of course I jumped all over that comment and Genevieve was kind enough to provide links to some of Saxon Holt’s comments about the topic. You can find these links in the comments section of the post on the North Coast Gardening blog but I thought I’d provide them here as well:
Amy Stewart on Garden Rant calls him out:
He responds with some good dish!:
And a favorite post of his that helped me “see” some better photos in my own gardens:
I hope you feel as enlightened, and vindicated, as I do!