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A Photographer Looks at San Diego Botanic Garden

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A shady path through the Mediterranean Garden at San Diego Botanical Garden passes beneath an intertwined canopy of cork oak. Photo: Saxon Holt

San Diego is one of those Pacific cities blessed with a year-round growing climate. There is always something looking spectacular in almost any garden. So I went to San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in early March with open eyes looking to be inspired and to make some pictures.

Occasionally I see a cork oak (Quercus suber) used as a specimen tree in any number of well-considered summer-dry gardens, but in the Mediterranean where this tree is native there are forests of them. Somehow I doubt their native understory is anything like this grove at SDBG.

The Undersea Succulent Garden at San Diego Botanic Garden designed by Jeff Moore is planted with water smart succulents to simulate a tropical coral reef, overflowing with marine life. Photo: Saxon Holt

The Undersea Succulent Garden designed and created by Jeff Moore is a permanent fixture at SDBG. I saw the garden when it was first installed ...

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