Robin’s Succulent Sphere

photo-2Robin Stockwell (right), owner of Succulent Gardens Nursery, has a reputation of creating over-the-top displays for the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Like two years ago, a cube house with succulent walls and a moat. Robin’s known for his vertical displays of succulents—entire panels consisting of little plants with different colored leaves. So take a look at this. Does it look familiar? Yep, Robin has made a huge succulent globe for the show this year, which is taking place right now through March 24. Below are photos of the globe under construction. Details are on the Succulent Gardens website.



It took the production crew about 200 hours to plant (not including prep time for cuttings).

Planting was completed in late August 2012.

About 30,000 cuttings were used.

The eight sections will be connected at the show and mounted on an armature and will stand about 15′ high.

It will be powered by a motor and spin on an axis tilted at the same angle as the earth. Maximum speed will be two revolutions per minute.

The eight sections, when assembled, will weigh about one ton.


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About Debra Lee Baldwin

Debra Lee Baldwin gardens on "an inhospitable half acre" in Escondido, CA, near San Diego. She is an award-winning photojournalist and artist with hundreds of articles and columns to her credit. Debra's books are Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens and Succulents Simplified.

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11 Responses to Robin’s Succulent Sphere

  1. Jeannine March 22, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    This sounds super! I would love to see it! Jeannine

  2. Gareth March 22, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    It looks like a lot of hard works gone into the sphere and I love succulents !!

  3. Town Mouse March 22, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Wow! Can’t wait to see it! This is so amazing – I love the Garden Show!

  4. katherine March 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Love it!!!!! Wish I could have seen that in person!!! That is great!

  5. Jean March 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    I love how there are geniuses everywhere. It just takes a laser-like focus on that one thing that is special to you and something amazing is produced. Thanks for introducing us to Robin Stockwell’s unique corner of the universe.

  6. Nelson March 25, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    Is this for real? Never thought that it would be possible using succulents. Brilliant idea.

  7. John March 25, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Wow what cool project! I would love to see that in real life, thanks for posting!

  8. Charlie@Seattle Trekker March 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    I love the creativity. Thank you for taking multiple shots to see how they did it and how they constructed the globe.

  9. Cassidy March 30, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Keep seeing photos of this and wish I could have seen it in person!

  10. brisbane retaining walls April 1, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Wow, that sounds so cool and wonderful! I would love to see that in real life. Such a great project!

  11. Candy Suter April 4, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    It was so wonderful seeing you there honey bun. I too wish we could have had more time together. But we will have tons of fun at the Succulent Celebration! I can’t wait.