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 late afternoon sun
A tricholobivia in one of the display gardens has formed quite a colony
Masses of coppertone stonecrop and graptosedum, in a display garden
Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, backlit
Succulent euphorbias, kalanchoes and yuccas in the main display garden
I love it when local artisans come to brainstorm design ideas for succulents
This display garden suggests the desert in bloom
A succulent holiday tree, mainly of sempervivums and sedums was a workshop project
Just when I think I’ve seen enough succulent topped pumpkins, one comes along that’s beyond gorgeous
A miniature succulent garden at one of the workshops
It was fun pairing succulents with art pots, like this fish with the living stone plant, pleiospilos
I love the geometry and textures of columnar cacti, especially when illuminated by the sun
Another workshop was about planting driftwood with succulents
I’m obsessed with this red cryptobergia bromeliad, a colorful low-water companion for succulents
An Echeveria cultivar tough enough to grow in the open garden
Another shot of Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, backlit. Those filamented edges!
A colorful dish garden suggests a miniature landscape
Nursery manager Tom Jesch repurposed a toy truck as a planter for succulents
During the event, I did impromptu plant-pot pairings.
The nursery gave away hundreds of 1 gal. succulents to guests
A green Echeveria cultivar formed a large mound in one of the display gardens
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.
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.