Succulent Extravaganza Recap

The Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery near San Francisco was an opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. I gave two presentations and was busy signing books, but I didn’t forget my dear friends at GGW. Here are a few highlights I hope you’ll enjoy. Photo of me by Rebecca Sweet. 

DSC_0023

Cathy Leiss of Brisbane, CA wore a succulent headband. The green of the rosettes contrasted beautifully with her auburn hair. Cathy’s a little shy.

photo-5

The Succulent Fanatics, a Facebook group founded by San Jose master gardener Laura Balaoro, had a display table with creations by members. Some of the items they made were whimsical.

SF1

Laura Balaoro filled a coffee cup and martini glass with succulents.

SFLauraB1

She made this succulent-bedecked bracelet, worn by her friend, Jeanne Eige, too. Laura also gave a presentation showing how to decorate hats with succulents.

SFLauraBforJeanne

Katie Christiansen of Seattle embellished a photo tryptic, which was displayed on the table, with delicate garlands of succulents.

SF2KatieC

Danielle Romero of California Cactus Center in Pasadena made this composition. I love the way the sansevieria explodes upward and frames a gorgeous, red-edged aeonium. Wouldn’t it be fun to work for a nursery that lets you creatively combine succulents in compositions like this, each one different? Danielle and husband Michael Romero—also a garden designer—brought their baby boy, Mikey, who stole the show.

SFDanielle Romero

Succulent Fanatic Deana Rae McMillion Shroll wore a hat decorated with a band of succulent rosettes.

SFDeanaRaeMcMillan

Tony Krock of Terra Sol Nursery in Santa Barbara demonstrated how to core agaves—a propagation technique. If you carve out the central core of an agave, it stimulates the meristem tissue to produce new little plants. Although this sounds drastic, it’s better than waiting years for an agave to bloom.

Tony

Another member of the Succulent Fanatics Facebook group, Kim Jordan Bryce, made necklaces for the members who attended the event. This is the card she gave me with mine. It shows a painting by a friend of hers who is an artist.

SFKim Jordan Bryce

Jen Golden wore an entire succulent garden on her hat. She admitted it was rather heavy.

SFJen Golden

Behind the presenters, the succulent globe that nursery owner Robin Stockwell made for the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show revolved slowly. It was one of the event’s must-see attractions. Nothing like it has been done before—it takes vertical gardens to a whole new level. (For more information on the globe, see my earlier post.) Here, Marialuisa Kaprielian demonstrates how to wire succulent rosettes, with Robin and wife Sanne looking on.

IMG_1899resized

Marialuisa is a San Diego florist specializing in succulents, and at the Extravaganza, she showed how to make a wedding bouquet that combines succulents with flowers.

Marialuisa1

Marialuisa’s bouquet was used soon afterwards by a bride for her wedding.

Marialuisa2

Presenters Kim and Kristin Scheidt, a mother-daughter design team, repurposed a fishing creel as a container for succulents.

Kim and Kristin Scheidt

Garden designer Gary Bartl of San Rafael, north of San Francisco, demonstrated his technique of combining rocks and succulents to make a miniature garden that suggests a rocky wilderness.

Gary1

This one features rose quartz.

Gary2

A relative (daughter-in-law, I think) of the Stockwells made cupcakes decorated with fondant succulents.

Cupcakes

Would you have liked to have attended the Extravaganza? I’d love to know what aspect of it interests you the most.

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. www.debraleebaldwin.com.

If you enjoyed this article, get email updates (it's free).


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 Responses to Succulent Extravaganza Recap

  1. Donna Jones October 6, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Hi Debra, The Extravaganza was such fun and it was fun to meet you! I just did a post about it as well and shared your awesome book! It’s here: http://www.theradishpatch.com. I’m working on some plantings after getting so many good ideas from you at your class…thanks! Donna Jones

  2. Jeannine October 6, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I love the martini glass and stirrer!

  3. Pam October 6, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Wow! What a great bunch of creative people at last weekends event! So wish I could have gone!

  4. Kelly October 6, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    This looks like such an unique event. I think it would have been fun to be around other succulent lovers.

  5. Susan October 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Thanks so much for the follow up report, making not being able to attend, almost tolerable. Every example you included is of interest!!! Kudos to all. Succulent Gardens is most generous and wonderful.

  6. Candy Suter October 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    So much fun! You got some super duper pics! I think everyone had a terrific time! Can’t wait for next year!

  7. Parker October 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Everything looks so vibrant and unique. I wish I could’ve been there to get a tour of the grounds.

  8. Melody October 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I love every single thing, but I’m most intrigued by combining rocks & crystals with succulents. I see a new project on my horizon. Thanks so much for sharing with us!