Highlights of Waterwise Botanicals Nursery’s Fall Garden Party

– Posted in: Succulents

There was so much beauty at Waterwise Botanicals nursery near San Diego during the recent Fall Garden Party, I’m going to let my images speak for themselves. Cue the rhapsodic music!

Columnar cacti, haloed by the late afternoon sun

Columnar cacti, haloed by late afternoon sun

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A tricholobivia in one of the display gardens has formed quite a colony

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Masses of coppertone stonecrop and graptosedum, in a display garden

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Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, backlit

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Succulent euphorbias, kalanchoes and yuccas in the main display garden

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I love it when local artisans come to brainstorm design ideas for succulents

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This display garden suggests the desert in bloom

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A succulent holiday tree, mainly of sempervivums and sedums was a workshop project

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Just when I think I’ve seen enough succulent topped pumpkins, one comes along that’s beyond gorgeous

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A miniature succulent garden at one of the workshops

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It was fun pairing succulents with art pots, like this fish with the living stone plant, pleiospilos

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I love the geometry and textures of columnar cacti, especially when illuminated by the sun

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Another workshop was about planting driftwood with succulents

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I’m obsessed with this red cryptobergia bromeliad, a colorful low-water companion for succulents

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An Echeveria cultivar tough enough to grow in the open garden

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Another shot of Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, backlit. Those filamented edges!

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A colorful dish garden suggests a miniature landscape

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Nursery manager Tom Jesch repurposed a toy truck as a planter for succulents

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During the event, I did impromptu plant-pot pairings.

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The nursery gave away hundreds of 1 gal. succulents to guests

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A green Echeveria cultivar formed a large mound in one of the display gardens

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Silvery blue Echeveria peacockii 

Waterwise Botanicals nursery is a terrific destination nursery in Southern CA, specializing in succulents and low-water companion plants for gardens and landscapes. The next big event there is the Succulent Celebration, held annually in late spring.

Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored the Timber Press bestsellers Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Debra is a regular contributor to Sunset and other publications, and her own half-acre garden near San Diego has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens. Debra specializes in showing how to use architectural, waterwise and easy-care succulents in a wide variety of appealing and creative applications. www.debraleebaldwin.com.
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Daniel Tyrrell November 7, 2016, 5:25 pm

Fantastic ideas, perfect for a gift

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