Through the Eyes of a Photographer A View of Western Hills Garden with Saxon Holt

Join Pacific Horticulture board member and nationally acclaimed garden photographer Saxon Holt for the chance to walk Western Hills Garden and see this unique landscape through his expert eye. The morning walk will focus on photographing a complex garden and the afternoon session will concentrate on shooting individual plants under challenging lighting conditions. Each two-hour program includes a directed walk with Saxon and time for each participant to capture their own images with advice and encouragement from him.

Founded by Lester Hawkins and Marshall Olbrich in 1960, Western Hills Rare Plant Nursery was a mecca for gardener lovers around the world. Recently restored to by owners Christine and Tim Szybalski and under the care of garden manager Stacie Miller, the garden is once again open for public tours on a limited basis.

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Morning section: 10am to noon—9:45am check in and registration

Afternoon section: 1:30 to 3:30pm—1:15pm check in and registration

Cost : $40 for PHS members, $45 for general public
Questions call Pacific Horticulture at 510-849-1627 or email

On Sunday, June 4, Saxon is offering an all day photography workshop that will be a more intensive learning experience. This workshop is limited to 10 students; $199.00 registration fee. Visit for details and registration information.