Hi there! I'm Travis, the plantsman behind The Garden Scout. For as long as I can remember, I've loved cultivating my own slice of nature in the form of plants, whether in a pot on my back porch, or in the garden. Here on this website I want to provide relevant information based on my own experiences and bring communities closer through a shared love of plants.
Happy Earth Day everyone! To celebrate the beautiful world we live in, I visited my local nature preserve and and gathered some pictures of five cool native plants that are underutilized in the garden setting. I will keep the writing brief - this will be a mostly visual post. Here we go! Cinnamon Ferns thrive in any garden given some shade and moist soil. In their native habitat, they can reach over four feet tall, usually topping out at two to three feet in a typical garden setting. I discovered a patch of Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) growing along the woodland edge by a trailhead. This shrub makes beautiful, somewhat fragrant flowers in mid-spring. The rest of the year it has round green leaves that change to a soft golden yellow in autumn. It would make a great addition to an informal shrub border, woodland edge, or shade garden. False Indigos (Pictured: Baptisia alba var. macrophylla) make a great native alternative to the more finicky lupines. If you're interested, check out the amazing selection of cultivars available through Plant Delights Nursery. To me, no garden is complete without the addition of Louisiana Irises. You might be surprised to know that ...Read More →
I have always been fascinated with plants. I have always been fascinated with photography. Put them together and what do you get? Plant photography (surprise!). Since this is such big part of my life, I figured that today is the day that I finally share some tips and tricks for photographing your garden. Although I'm not a "professional" photographer, in the sense that I don't make a living off of my pictures, I have devoted a great deal of time to figuring out my camera and the art of composing photos. You know, now that I think about it, why am I not selling my photos? Hmmm... I may just change that sometime in the future. 🙂 Let's get this conversation rolling! I'll start by discussing equipment. There are hundreds of options out there for equipment, but the only thing that is truly necessary is the camera itself. A tripod, such as this inexpensive option, is useful for longer exposures to stabilize your camera, but is not necessary for basic garden photography. Pretty much any other piece of equipment you can think of is extra. Now let's breeze through the never-ending topic of cameras. There are three "classes" that I ...Read More →