September 25, 2014; Castroville, CA—Robin Stockwell, who has spent 11 years building Succulent Gardens into a widely respected horticultural resource for the Monterey and San Francisco bay areas, is now selling the Castroville retail and wholesale nursery to a family who plan to continue his vision while expanding the business’s reach.
Effective October 1, 2014, Stockwell will sell the company to brothers John and Dennis Rodkin, and Megan Rodkin, John’s wife.
(John and Megan and family, right)
“I feel confident that John, Dennis and Megan will not only continue to manage Succulent Gardens in the ways that I have, but that they will improve everything across the board, for my plants, employees and customers, and for the world of horticulture.”
Stockwell will remain at the nursery, mentoring the team. “Robin will be able to focus on the plants while we take over many of the headaches that affect small business owners,” John said.
Dennis added that “Robin is the go-to person on succulents. We wouldn’t do anything to squander that. He’s created something terrific, and we want to roll forward on the rails he’s laid.”
The Rodkin brothers have a long relationship with horticulture. John grew up in the wholesale nursery hotspot Fallbrook, California. His older brother Dennis also grew up in San Diego, where he worked in a plant nursery and for landscape designers before becoming a journalist. A longtime Chicago reporter who is moving to the Castroville area to be at Succulent Gardens, Dennis was a garden columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Home and Garden magazine from 1994 through 2011, and wrote for several national gardening publications during those years. John, a technology entrepreneur, and Megan, an attorney, live and work in the Bay Area.
Stockwell (pictured, right), who started Succulent Gardens in 2003 and has been its founder, owner, grower and manager, is excited about the experience and ideas that the new team brings to the table. “They have skills and abilities to take the nursery to a new level and make it a major player in the horticulture industry,” he said. At the same time, Robin will be able to shed the day-to-day management responsibilities and "play with a transition to retirement while focusing on mentoring, the vision, and the plants.” “I will continue to speak, attend garden shows and work with the Succulent Gardens staff."
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