I am assisting my employer with the development of a sales brochure.  They would like to have a section in this brochure that lists the most commonly available/used plants, along with an image.


I am poking around the internet, but wanted to put the question to you folks as well.  There has to be a way to do this that is more cost effective than paying me to take 100+ photos! 

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Hey April,

Check out Plant Lust.  They have a good plant database, information, and photos.  I also turn to Monrovia and San Marcos as go-tos.  

Hope this helps!


I was hoping for a source where we could actually purchase and use the images in company marketing materials.  I could swear sites like that note the images are copyrighted and owned by the web host or Monrovia.  The larger, more general stock photo companies don't seem horticulturally trustworthy.

I have found a couple of sources, but they are pricey.

Have you thought of contacting Monrovia and asking if you can use there images if you site them in your brochure? Or any other growers for that mater.

Also contact Saxon Holt. He is a landscape photographer that has done great work with plants on the West Coast. If nothing else a place to start. 

I have wondered about asking Monrovia...maybe I'll shoot them an email.  After all, it would help them sell more plants.  All they can do is say no.

The best person to contact at Monrovia is Kathy Rudnyk.  You can friend her on Land8 here: http://land8.com/profile/KatharineRudnyk

Definitely, please give me a shout out.  We are here to help! 

Hello Katharine:

So, to answer the burning question: is it permissible to use Monrovia web photos for lanscape sales materials? It would certainly make such materials much more cost effective for a small business; as I noted above, the botanical stock photo sites charge quite a bit.  Mainstream stock photos are reasonably priced, but simply don't cut it.

April -

I will be happy to work with you...I have lots of landscape photos.

See some on my blog 'Serenity in the Garden' on blogspot.  or on Pinterest 'Johnsen Landscapes & Pools'


Jan Johnsen


if you 'like' archivitamins on facebook, they have hundreds of cut out trees and people. go to their albums and scroll down closer to the bottom, you will see.

A good and cost effective way is to Google search for images that you are looking for, and select all those good ones that don't have copyright restrictions. The process might be time consuming, but it will save you the money that you would have to spend on taking those images with the help of a professional photographer. 

Another source for images is Creative Commons. Use their search service to find images you can use commercially. Just be sure to read the license agreements. http://search.creativecommons.org/



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