During the winter months, when so many garden plants are taking a rest or going dormant, it is wonderful to have something which bursts into bloom and provides a shot of color when we need it most. 

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A Very Wet December

by Succulent Gardens

Succulent Gardens was inundated with 6.5 inches of rain by a massive storm Dec. 11 and 12, the most rain that has fallen on us in one 24-hour stretch in at least a decade.

It was the stormiest and wettest part of a surprisingly soggy mid-December, when a series of smaller rainfalls brought the month’s total to 11.25 inches of rain. That’s compared to about one-third of an inch in droughty December 2013.

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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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“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.

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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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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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