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Spectacular Succulent Gardens

March 22, 2013 by Megan | 4 Comments

Aloe polyphylla

No trip to Monterey is complete without a stop at Succulent Gardens. The big Aloe polyphylla on the right was HUGE. It’s in a wine barrel.

Caution, Succulents

Matti’s been playing around, taking crazy pics with the panorama camera setting on his phone.

Echeveria

Aeonium

Echeveria ‘Cassyz Winter’ all cresty

That’s me on crutches…

Don’t miss out on the giant Succulent Globe by Succulent Gardens at the SF Flower & Garden Show this weekend (the nursery is closed during the show).

Succulent Table Spotted

March 24, 2012 by Matti | 9 Comments

 

Succulent Pallet Table

Succulent Pallet Table

The San Francisco Garden Show is going full force this weekend.  That’s where we found this beauty…succulents growing down the center of a table made with pallets.  Okay, okay…it’s our Succulent Pallet Table that was first featured at the Sunset Celebration Weekend, and is still making the rounds.  After all this time, we’re glad to see that the succulent babies are looking happy.

Matti and Megan with the Succulent Table

Matti and Megan with the Succulent Table

Wanna see the best parts of the show?  You must check out Bamboo and More, where Gerhard Bock and Candy Sweetstuff captured the cream of the crop.

Succulent Gardens' Growing Wall Garden

Succulent Gardens' Growing Wall Garden

Speaking of greatness, we never miss see Succulent Gardens when they are at a show.  Here’s a peek at one of their Succulent Vertical Gardens that Robin Stockwell masterfully creates.  BTW, all the plants for our Pallet Table came from Succulent Gardens…they grow the best succulents found anywhere.

Anne of Green Gardens

Anne of Green Gardens

Another person we had the pleasure to meet for the first time was Anne of Green Gardens.  Anne is filled with garden info and brought in some of our Mini gardens to the Show.  Stop and say hello.

Sproutopia Horton Hears a Who

Sproutopia Horton Hears a Who

The first place we darted to was Sproutopia.  Kids and gardening…what a perfect combo.  I’m always impressed how children design there special 2×2 foot space.  In two words…No Fear.

Succulent Pallet Table

Succulent Pallet Table

There’s still plenty of weekend left to…..Go to the Show, See our DIY Pallet Table, then Head over to watch Star Apple Edible Gardens at 2:30PM Sun.  Stefani and Leslie will amaze you how easy it can be to Grow Food in the City.

– Far Out Flora

Sunset Celebration Weekend

June 25, 2011 by Matti | 7 Comments

Gaillardia

Gaillardia

Hard to believe that it’s been 3 weeks since Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend.  Lots o great plants, projects and food.  One of the star plants we loved was this Gaillardia (pictured above) aka the Blanket Flower…drought tolerant perennial from the Sunflower Family.

Succulent Table in the Test Garden

Succulent Table in the Test Garden

Our DIY Succulent Pallet Table made a hit in the Test Garden.  It hit the SF Chronicle and a bird tells me maybe coming out soon in a magazine.  Made from two old shipping pallets and a couple of old table legs scavenged for cheap at a garage sale, it has a mega succulent planting down the middle.

Succulent Garden's wall of goodness

Succulent Garden's wall of goodness

Succulent Design Genius, Robin Stockwell and his crew from Succulent Gardens always put together a dazzling display…this year was no different with their vertically planted gazebo.

Johanna Silver...

Johanna Silver...

We were happy to catch Johanna Silver speaking on Self Watering Containers.  As the Test Garden Guru, Johanna regular tries out techniques to make your plants grow.  We love her quick, down and dirty approach turning any project into something assessable.

Lavender & Nasturtiums

Lavender & Nasturtiums

The Nasturtiums and Lavender were freaking out with that hot spring heat down in Menlo Park.

Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Oranges & Lemons'

Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Oranges & Lemons'

Dig gardens booth

Dig gardens booth

We had the chance to talk with Laura Schaub from Dig Gardens.  Many uses of plants including these giant balls of succulents.  Her display area was gorgeous…love all the reclaimed lumber and other rustic objects.

Dog house

Dog house

This is the one that blew me away.  I thought at first it was just a raise planting bed.  But after wiping the drool from my mouth, I realized there was more…check it out…they’re dog houses.   Sustainable Pet Design builds these babies.  Great work on rethinking beds both for plants and the pooch.

Can wait for next year’s Celebration Weekend…  Hey, you can keep the party rolling and see last year’s fun.

– Far Out Flora

June 14, 2010
by Megan
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We heart Succulent Gardens

Last week we drove a friend down to a conference in Asilomar (near Monterey). We stopped off at Succulent Gardens in Castroville for a plant drool fest on the way down.  It’s pretty much the coolest nursery around. Our first … Continue reading