We are thrilled that our keynote presentation will be delivered by Kathy Brenzel, Garden Editor for Sunset magazine. Her topic is timely and the presentation sure to give attendees hands-on takeaways for effecting change in their own gardens and landscapes.
Succulent Extravaganza Schedule
Friday, September 26
12:00 p.m. Saxon Holt "Finding the Photo" (Tour)
Photo by Saxon Holt
1:00 p.m. Debra Lee Baldwin, Succulent Container Garden Demonstration (Speaker Pavilion)
Saturday, September 27
8:00 a.m. Coffee, doughnuts, and local strawberries
11:30 a.m. Anita McCarty how to work with giant Agaves and other succulents. (Speaker Pavilion)
1:00 p.m. Steven Sutherland on WoW designs with succulent plants. (Garden Talk)
4:00 p.m. Robin Stockwell, closing remarks (Speaker Pavilion)
Read the full schedule online >>
Below: Tim and Christine Hill's garden takes shape.
Our Landscape IS Changing!
Top designers from the West Coast have been working diligently to install brand new landscapes and gardens in advance of the event.
Others will be installing during the event.
All designers will have representatives on hand to answer questions during the event!
Many of the "presentations" this year are actually walk and talks with the garden designers and invited speakers.
(We will email a link for you to download a flyer with the map below in larger detail the week before the event.)
1. Bell & Flourish with Makers West 'Repurposed Riot'
2. Rebecca Sweet, 'Harmony in the Garden'
3. Bell & Flourish with Ross Landscape Construction 'Echeveria Extravaganza'
4. Simone Lajeunesse 'Prehistoric Chillin'
5. Dat Pham, 'Ebony and Ivory'
6. Michael Romero 'Under Sea Garden'
7. Senecio crassissimus
8. Organic Mechanics, 'Rustic Rampage'
9. Bell & Flourish with Ross Landscape Construction 'Aloe, Agave, Aeonium Landscape'
10. Desert Mandala, 'Living Mandala Garden'
11. John Greenlee, 'Grasses, Succulents and...'
12. Steven Sutherland and Associates (SSA), 'Succulent Sculpture'
13. Hill & Dale Landscape, 'Xeric - Mix: Plants, Patterns, and Sticks!'
How much does the Succulent Extravaganza cost?
How can I pay for all of the plants I plan to buy?
Cash or check only. No credit cards!
Nope! That's free too! There will be a taco truck onsite for purchasing lunch.
We will have parking attendents to direct you to parking across the street.
Prepare for a rain-or-shine event that is largely outdoors. Wear good walking shoes and bring sunscreen and a hat!
We suggest wearing layers and bringing your own shopping wagon. Carry water. Bring your camera, of course, with extra batteries.
Good thing you asked! All Extravaganza attendees will be given a discount at the Haute Enchilada if they make a reservation and say that they are Extravaganza attendees while making the reservation.
Can I pick up wholesale orders during the Succulent Extravaganza?
Unfortunately, no. There will be no wholesale orders processed or picked during the event.
How to Get Here & Where to Stay
Succulent Gardens Nursery
2133 Elkhorn Road
Castroville, CA 95012
We are located south of Santa Cruz between Highway 1 and 101 on the edge of the Elkhorn Slough.
Holiday Inn Express Marina
This is a newer hotel, minutes from shops and restaurants and only 15 minutes away from our nursery!
Sanctuary Beach Resort
This one is for those of you looking to splurge on your weekend in town. Beautiful hotel, right on Marina State Beach, minutes from shops, restaurants and only 15 minutes away from our nursery!
Best Western Watsonville
This hotel is located in Watsonville and only 18 minutes from our nursery!
Captain's Inn Moss Landing
If you are looking for an older quaint place to stay this might be it! Only minutes from several of our favorite places to eat in Moss Landing. This is the closest to the nursery at a mere 3 miles!
Take a Walk through Succulent Gardens
We didn't want to let the cat out of the bag before the Extravaganza. Now that the event has come and gone we're happy to take you on a garden walk through all of the new landscapes installed before and during the event.
To see all of the amazing little details you really must come visit. In the meantime, hopefully this will tide you over.
Simone Lajeunesse 'Prehistoric Chillin'
Michael and Danielle Romero 'Under Sea Garden'
Organic Mechanics, 'Rustic Rampage'
Desert Mandala, 'Living Mandala Garden'
Dat Pham 'Ebony and Ivory'
John Greenlee, 'Grasses, Succulents and...'
Hill & Dale Landscapes with Robert Armstrong, 'Xeric - Mix: Plants, Patterns, and Sticks'
Andrea Hurd 'Leaning Flagstone Succulent Bench'
Here's Who Bought The Nursery!
Robin Stockwell has sold Succulent Gardens to a family who plan to continue his vision while expanding the business's reach. On October 1, brothers John and Dennis Rodkin, and Megan Rodkin, John's wife, took over ownership of the place that Robin spent 11 years building into a widely respected horticultural resource for the Monterey and San Francisco bay areas
"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, who started Succulent Gardens in 2003 and has been its grower and manager, said he 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." He'll continue to speak at and attend garden shows and work with the Succulent Gardens staff.
Drop by the nursery to meet one or another of the Rodkins when you get a chance.
Plant of the Month:
Zygocactus, "Christmas Cactus"
Zygocactus are most commonly know as "Christmas Cactus." There have been many hybrids created through the years resulting in a vast array of flower choices. I chose this newsletter to feature this plant because now is the time to play around a bit with your older plants if you think they might need a bit of encouragement to produce flowers during the holidays. If your Christmas cactus plants naturally bloom during the holidays (without intervention) you will not need to follow the below method.
Over the years, there have been a number of "recipes" circulated intended to help people to force these plants to produce flower buds. The most common I have heard about is to place the plant in a cool, low light area (possibly a basement, or garage setting). Reduce watering and keep the plant dry, but not so dry the leaves shrivel. After about a month of this, if you are successful, flower buds will begin to develop. Once the flower buds begin to show, moving the plant into a well lit area, not hot sun, will allow the buds to develop toward the holiday period.
Production nurseries are able to produce a holiday crop in a similar manner by using shade cloth in greenhouses to reduce the daylight hours plants are exposed to, sending a signal to the plants to bloom.
I have seen beautifully sculptured Christmas cactus grown for many years indoors. They make great house plants. Older plants will often bloom twice a year, showing a light bloom in the spring and a more heavy bloom in the fall, around the holidays. The plant pictured above is grown outside on a porch under the California redwoods. In the canyons under the redwoods, the daylight hours are reduced enough that the plants come in to bloom earlier than they might with greater light exposure.
Good luck with you holiday blooms.
Retail Details: Fall in love with Succulents!
So much and catch you all up on! First of all let me say that the new owners John, Megan and Dennis are awesome! I know many of you have asked and have been curious about changes around the nursery since October 1. The enthusiasm they have for Succulent Gardens is palpable. As many of you know I have been part of the SG family for a little over 12 years. Having folks who love the nursery and care as much as I do is very special indeed. New and exciting changes are happening virtually daily, which will only serve to enhance your shopping experience and make Succulent Gardens a more dynamic nursery!
We have begun taking credit cards for retail customers for orders over $20. (It's not hard to get there; am I right?)
Nope. . .
Not difficult at all. . .