I’m at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA for the 2014 Succulent Extravaganza. This is the fourth time succulent lovers from far and wide have gathered here to tour this extraordinary nursery, listen to presentations by renowned experts, and, of course, shop Succulent Gardens’ immense selection of succulents.
Here are some photos I took this afternoon to whet your appetite. If you live in Northern California and have some time tomorrow (Saturday, September 27, 2014), make the scenic drive to Castroville and join us for the fun!
Free barbecue and tamales this afternoon
Small sampling of the thousands of pristine plants for sale
I know Agave attenuata is very common along the coast, but to me they’re special (we can’t really grow them in Davis because they’re very frost-sensitive)
More fabulous plants for sale
I’ll be going shopping tomorrow
Indoor retail area
One of the biggest attraction this year are the demonstration gardens created by a slew of well-know designers
Stacked-stone bench by Andrea Hurd
“Under the Sea” garden by Michael and Danielle Romero
Bell & Flourish with Makers West 'Repurposed Riot', planter by Lille Aeske
Desert Mandala garden in the Aloe polyphylla bed
Organic Mechanics garden featuring repurposed metal pipes and head stones
Julia Bell-designed garden
Agave attentuata ‘Boutin Blue’ and Aloe ‘Hercules’