My Circuitous Route to Writing Success

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When Designing with Succulents became a bestseller in 2007, few people knew what was really going on with me. I'm sharing it now because it might encourage others to persevere through difficult times. A bit of backstory: For half my life, I didn't live up to my potential due to fear of failure. A highly accomplished writer whom I liked, admired and envied [...]

Bay Area (and Beyond) Succulent Designers

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Purple Bike Wheel Vertical

At last fall's Succulent Extravaganza, I had fun showing creative designs by members of the Succulent Fanatics, a Facebook group founded by San Jose master gardener Laura Balaoro. My presentation and ensuing YouTube video went over so well, I'm doing something similar at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show on March 19. Designers whose ideas, [...]

Six Sux for my Show-and-Tell

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Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'

  Spring starts for me this year at the Fallbrook Garden Club in north San Diego County on Feb. 24. Guests are welcome, and all attendees will receive a gift plant courtesy of nearby Serra Gardens Nursery. I'll show photos of beautifully designed gardens and do a show-and-tell of outstanding succulents from Serra.  Among them are: Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'. Shown close-up [...]

Aloes in Kelly Griffin’s Garden

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Kelly Griffin is a succulent breeder for Altman Plants, the largest grower of succulents and cacti in the US. Kelly is renowned for his aloe hybrids---unusual and colorful succulents new to the nursery marketplace.   In Kelly's own garden are aloes yet to be introduced, that he's experimenting with, growing for flowers so he can harvest the [...]