Heads up: Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens, September 26+27, 2014

120928_SucculentGardens_entrance-plantingThe 4th annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA will take place on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. That’s in two weeks, folks! If you love succulents and live in Northern California, you won’t want to miss this spectacular—and FREE!—event. Take my word for it; I’ve been to every Extravaganza. Look at my posts below to get an idea of what will be waiting for you.

The 4th Succulent Extravaganza promises to be even bigger and better. In line with this year’s theme, “Succulents: The Landscape Is Changing,” top California landscape designers such as John Greenlee, Julia Bell, Sean Stout and James Pettigrew, and Michael Romero either have or will be installing garden vignettes that showcase the use of succulents in a drought-tolerant landscape.

120929_SucculentGardens_Aloe-polyphylla_02In addition, well-known experts including Debra Lee Baldwin, Anita McCarty and Rebecca Sweet will give presentations. Kathy Brenzel, the garden editor of Sunset Magazine, will give the keynote address at 11am on Friday.

Brian Kemble, the curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, will lead garden walks at 8am on both days; renowned garden photographer Saxon Holt will do a photo walk at 12pm on Friday.

Let’s not forget the free (!) barbecue starting at 4pm on Friday, September 26 as well as the free coffee, doughnuts and strawberries at 8am on Saturday, September 27.

130928_SucculentExtravaganza_187And finally there are thousands upon thousands of perfectly grown succulents available for purchase (cash or check only; not credit cards).

This is one event you do not want to miss. Look for me wearing my Succulent Fanatics name tag.

WHAT: 4th Succulent Extravaganza

WHEN: Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHERE. Succulent Gardens, 2133 Elkhorn Blvd, Castroville, CA 95012. Phone: (831) 632-0482

WHY: Terrific lineup of speakers; demonstration gardens created especially for this event; great opportunity to meet fellow succulent aficionados; huge selection of succulents for purchase. Attendance is FREE!

SCHEDULE: The complete schedule of events can be found here.

120929_SucculentGardens_Agave-Blue-Glow- -Blue-Flame_05MY POSTS FROM PREVIOUS SUCCULENT EXTRAVAGANZAS:


  1. Look how amazing those plants are. I hope I can see them one day! It's such a shame that I live far away!


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