Rebecca Sweet

Succulent Extravaganza 2014, Recap

– Posted in: Succulents
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That red echeveria really did glow like it was plugged into a light socket. It was at the fourth annual Succulent Extravaganza, which took place at Succulent Gardens nursery near Santa Cruz, Sept. 26-27, 2014. "Attendance was up about 65 percent---approximately 2,000 visitors over two days," nursery owner Robin Stockwell told me. Below: My GGW [...]

My Crazy-Busy Spring

– Posted in: Succulents
The must-have mouse ears at this year's Epcot Center's International Flower Festival were green plush with a ladybug bow.

  With a new book to launch, I accepted numerous speaking engagements this spring. The thing is, though, events are scheduled six to 12 months in advance. You check your calendar, and if there's a blank date, you blithely scribble it in. But as the date approaches, OMG, there are SO many details to corral: Tailoring the presentation to the group [...]

25 Top Holiday Nature Gifts For Kids

– Posted in: Garden Musings
kid's treenhouse in nature

With each new piece of research that documents how our childrens' wellness - physical, emotional, and spiritual, is in sharp decline,  you - as a parent - experience a pang of fear.  Our kids' addiction to technology and lack of connection to nature is the major cause of why we have such a preponderance of [...]