Thursday, July 10, 2014

Succulent Celebration Was Fantastic

I know this is really late since it has been a month since the celebration but better late than never!  This 2nd annual event was held on June 6-7th of this year.  It was held at Waterwise Botanicals in Escondio, CA.  I made the trip down by myself in my new Subaru Forrester.  And I had a blast!

There were fantastic speakers to listen to and beautiful succulents to drool over.  Garden Design was there to share in the reinvention of their beautiful magazine.  Lots of vendors shared their fabulous creations be they organic or inorganic.  And there were even potting workshops!  It was a fun filled, jammed packed two days!

Waterwise Botanicals

View of a section of display garden and plants for sale!

Tradescantie palida purple heart

Let's look at a few photos of the display gardens and growing ground.  This purple patch of Tradescantie palida was so beautiful.

Mural at Waterwise Botanicals

This beautiful vertical succulent mural met you at the entrance.  It was huge!

Waterwise Botanicals map

I loved this map of the nursery!

Waterwise Botanicals garden

These Tiki were here last year.  They look so cool!  The aloe in the foreground is a variety called 'Little Gem'.  It is suppose to bloom all year and should do great in Sacramento.  I got 3 of them.  They make pups like crazy!

Pond and growing grounds

Isn't this beautiful!  This is "The Hill"!  There are two ponds.  Each one holds the biggest black cat fish I have ever seen.  Tom Jesch, owner of Waterwise always gives a talk at these ponds while he feeds them.  What a wonderful man he is with the greatest sense of humor.

Display Gardens

To the left is the huge tent for the speakers.  Don't you just love this pouring pot!

Debra Lee Baldwin

Debra Lee Baldwin presented both days.  During both she did potting demos.  I think this is my favorite.  She stuffed this beautiful Talavera pot from the Madd Potter full of colorful succulents that went so well with this pot.  Madd Potter was one of the vendors and I went home with a few Talavera pots from them!  Next time I am down South I am going to pay them a visit.

Created by Debra Lee Baldwin

Ta Da!  The finished product!  Man I sure wanted to sneak this home!

Created by Debra Lee Baldwin

This is another incredible arrangement put together by Debra.  This time it is in a hanging planter from Pot Incorporated!

Waterwise Botanicals

This is just a small section of plants you could snatch up.  It was great, there was always a wagon rolling around and would take your selections to a holding area.  That way you didn't have to fight over wagons or lug the heavy pots around.  Waterwise was so thoughtful!  And get this, they had air conditioned portable bathrooms.  Really awesome!

Fat Plant Co.

Laura Eubanks company Fat Plant Co., had a booth with great things for sale.  I love this rusty old potted tool box!

Fat Plant Co.

And these succulent earrings were fantastic.  They were snapped up pretty quick!

Succulent Perch

Cindy Davison of The Succulent Perch had a booth with stunning arrangements like the above!

Succulent Perch

A pot in a pot!  Sensational!  Cindy's arrangement are amazing.  Wait till you see the next one.

Succulent Perch

Isn't this fish planter whimsical!

Keith Kitoi Taylor shared a booth with his girlfriend Donna of Melted Bottle and her new company Succulent_Pottery.  They came with many incredible pots, wall pockets and cut bottles for sale.

Aren't these amazing!  She holds clay workshops too!  The next is this weekend the 12th and 13th of July!  You can contact her on Facebook.

Kelly Griffin at Succulent Celebration

Time for another presentation and Kelly Griffin did not fail to impress us with his immense knowledge.  You know all those really great little aloe hybrids you have been seeing lately?  Well he is responsible for most of them!

The presenters were fantastic.  Jeanne Meadows gave a great talk on how she transformed her garden.  She even had photos showing every step.  Robin Stockwell was also a super speaker as usual.  Poor man had a terrible cold but flew all the way down South to attend the event.  He is such a fine man.  And we also heard from Peter Loyola the owner of the Succulent Cafe in Oceanside, CA.  He brought an old door than he turned into a piece of succulent art work.  See photo below:

Succulent Cafe

Stunning isn't it!

Created by Candice Suter

I wore this hat on day one!  I changed it up a bit from the Sunset Celebration.

Created by Shirley Kost-Haskell

I wasn't the only one sporting succulents!  This creation is made and worn by Shirley Kost-Haskell.

Susan Morse creation

Susan Morse made some fantastic succulent artwork!

Created by Katie Christiansen

Katie Christensen works at Waterwise and has some fantastic ideas!

Created by Katie Christiansen

Katie planted this piece of driftwood. And don't you just love that slag glass!  A vendor was there selling lots of driftwood that had holes drilled into it.  I bought some and will plant and share soon.

Care for a dip

Let's go back to Waterwise and their great plants!  Don't you just love this planted bath tub!

Waterwise display garden

I wish, I wish!

Euphorbia snowflake

Check out the Euphorbia 'Snowflake'!  So many in one pot!

Sedum praeltum 'green apple snap'

This is Sedum praeltum 'Green Apple Snap'.  I brought a few of these home and hopefully they will do well planted in front of the house.  Making plans to dig the lawn out.  Very exciting.

Kalanchoe marmorata

I should have brought one of these Kalanchoe marmorata home with me!

Waterwise for sale

Ok so yes I was drooling about now!


So many varieties of  Bromeliad and so many colors!  It's way too hot to grow them here and the cold would get them also.

Succulent lovlies

Feast your eyes!  LOL


The Euphorbias were so big and full!

Waterwise Duck


For sale at Waterwise

The color on these Agave quadricolor were so intense.  I will be planting these in front of the house.  They are eye popping!  And they do well here in Roseville.

Succulent goodies

And yes there were little ones to purchase too!

Agave colorata

Agave colorata looking all gnarly and cool!

So there you go folks!  Hope you enjoyed the pics and hope to see you there next year!

Until later:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


IttyBittyKitties said...

OMG I would have been a kid in a candy store there!!!! I'm in Florida and we don't have events like this! I want to travel to California JUST for the succulents!

Spiky Obsession said...

Looks like such a good day. We really need one of these in the UK.

Katie said...

Great post, and great pics! I'm bummed to have missed this year's Extravaganza, and you can bet I'll be there next year!

Jim Martin said...

Great Blog,thanks for sharing with those of us who could not make it to the Succulent Celebration!

michaele said...

Thanks so much for being our official Succulent Celebration avatar and doing looking, drooling and buying so we can enjoy your activities vicariously.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks all, I will post more pics on my Sweetstuff Facebook page.

Rock rose said...

Oh my! I'm drooling over your pictures. I guess I am too cheap when it comes to buying. You need a lot to make a really great impact. I need to rethink.

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Your photos are perfection, Candy Bear! So glad you made the trip.

gwenniesgarden said...

thanks for sharing this, your pictures are awesome !!!!!

Cassandra said...

WOW! This is amazing. I am crying, hahhaha. I wish there was something like this where I'm from. Totally gonna try to find out,

I really like that pot in a pot display. So rustic! And those euphorbias look very cool.

Thankyuuuuu for sharing!