We just want to say a big thanks to everyone for a fun holiday open house last Saturday. We had lots of fun making Christmas crafts with succulents. Our parking lots were full of people and we enjoyed giving tours! Visit week through Saturday December 13th for a full crafting bar of evergreens adorned with succulents, jar ornaments filled with succulents and winter floral, succulent Christmas trees and a potting station.

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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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We are so excited for all of you to visit and attend the fourth annual Succulent Extravaganza! This year's theme "Succulents: The Landscape Is Changing" is resulting in great changes all over the Succulent Gardens Growing Grounds. Top landscape designers are busy installing brand new gardens for the event!  

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Some amazing speakers coming up at Extravaganza, many of whom installed beautiful demonstration gardens.  Check out the wonderful backgrounds of all of our esteemed guests!  We can't wait to see you at Extravaganza.  

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There really is a difference in attitude toward the plant material (succulents) now. There's a change in people's mentality throughout the world about what's going on with water, its availability, and its use as a valuable resource.

If you look at the sequence of what Sunset has done, you'll see that they've added many succulent varieties to their garden guide, succulents are on the cover, and they recently published a booklet on water conserving plants. Succulents are prominent in that.

The 2014 Succulent Extravaganza is planned to help gardeners, landscape professionals, and plant enthusiasts learn more about the many aspects of using succulent plants in the garden.

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The theme of Extravaganza 2013 is PASSION. Everyone speaking, volunteering, attending, and participating has a passion for succulents. While passion is the theme, creativity is the focus. All of the speakers and volunteers are creative, driven individuals with new ideas for incorporating succulents into, not just gardens, but daily life. From accessorizing with succulents to making more succulents to photographing succulents for lasting memories, everyone on the schedule has amazing ideas for ways that all of the attendees can go home and continue to cover the world with succulents.

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An amazing set of speakers lined up for Succulent Extravaganza 2013!!

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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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Succulent Extravaganza is almost here and we have a fantastic schedule of events lined up for you! From nursery tours to stellar seminars to demonstration tables and the fabulous free Friday evening Bar-B-Q, you're sure to have an excellent time and learn a lot at this second annual event. For more detailed information, including seminar descriptions, menus, and more, please scroll down to the details section.

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I think my first experience displaying plants at the flower and garden show was 2004. I had just completed the first 11 months of setting up the new Growing Grounds and had no idea what to expect. I decided to commit to a certain size booth and then set a goal to produce what I would need to stock it during the five days of the show. Once I decided to participate in the show, the next problem was logistics. How do I get the plants to the show and restock on a daily basis? My good friend Ron Michelson of Half Moon Bay Nursery, www.hmbnursery.com, offered to let me use a section of greenhouse to stage extra plant material. I rented a U-Haul box truck and boxed up all of the plants so that I could move them in an un-shelved truck, and designed a wooden structure to display the plants at the Cow Palace.

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