Succulent Gardens is a wholesale/retail nursery dedicated to the growing of over 400 varieties of quality succulent plants. The nursery covers over three acres and the plants are displayed both in greenhouses and outside. Examples of the plants growing in containers and in the landscape may be viewed throughout the nursery. Sizes range from small 2" containers to large specimens. Customers include retailers, landscape professionals and the public.
Robin Stockwell, the founder of Succulent Gardens, has been working with succulent plants since 1972. Robin has been active in the nursery industry as a grower and retailer working with other retailers, growers, and landscape professionals for over 40 years. In 2014, Robin sold the nursery to John and Megan Rodkin, and together they are working to grow the nursery and further expand the appeal of these beautiful and amazing plants.
Julia Bell, Creative Director of Succulent Gardens, has worked in the landscape design business in the Monterey Bay area for the past 15 years, and is the owner of Bell & Flourish Design Collective in Santa Cruz. She has a background in botany, landscape design, and fine art, with an interest in native ecology. She pursued her formal education at UCSC, receiving a BA in Art, and BA in Biology, as well as through Cabrillo and West Valley College where she studied Landscape Design & Architecture, Horticulture, Engineering Technology, and Graphic Design. In addition to serving landscape professionals, Julia works on a variety of initiatives around the Nursery, including special events, on-site gardens, collaborations with outside organizations, and new projects.
Succulent Gardens promotes professionalism with succulent plants in a number of ways. Quality growing techniques are used to produce the optimum in color and form for each variety. Proper labeling, including the use of botanical names and data pertinent to successful growing is put on all plants that leave the nursery. Succulent Gardens supports educational seminars targeted at retailers, landscape professionals, and the public. Robin Stockwell has spoken at garden events such as the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show and Sunset Celebration Weekend. Robin, Julia and our expert staff also give educational talks to garden clubs and landscape professionals.
Take a look at this San Francisco Chronicle article about Succulent Gardens!