Julia Bell, designer of several new Extravaganza gardens, and our talented staff will be on hand to demonstrate and assist you while you turn a glass jar into a living ornament, create succulent trees, and incorporate succulents into traditional holiday greenery swags, centerpieces and wreaths.  Assemble the materials at the nursery or take holiday decoration kits home for you and your friends.

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My production crew spent a week planting the globe. The cuttings were prepared the previous week. I used the small blow up globe, shown in the background, to mark which varieties I wanted used to represent the different oceans and land masses.  There were about 30,000 cuttings. We used Echeveria secunda, Echeveria pulidonis-derenbergii hybrid, Echeveria subsessilis, Echeveria secunda 'Blue Mist' and Sedum dasyphyllum for the oceans. For the land masses we used Sedum nussbaunianum in the drier regions of the world. For the frozen areas we used Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco' and Echeveria elegans. For other areas of the land masses, I used a combination of Sempervivums, Crassulas, and Sedums.

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In order to garden successfully with plants growing on a wall, it's important to recognize the difference from traditional gardening. Succulent plants are often found growing on cliffs in the crevices of rocks or on the cliff edges, clinging to what soil they can find. This ability to eke out a living in little soil makes them pretty good candidates for vertical gardening. Robin Stockwell, "The Succulent Guy," gives a step-by-step guide on living picture frames.

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