Robin’s Succulent Sphere

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photo-2Robin Stockwell (right), owner of Succulent Gardens Nursery, has a reputation of creating over-the-top displays for the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Like two years ago, a cube house with succulent walls and a moat. Robin’s known for his vertical displays of succulents—entire panels consisting of little plants with different colored leaves. So take a look at this. Does it look familiar? Yep, Robin has made a huge succulent globe for the show this year, which is taking place right now through March 24. Below are photos of the globe under construction. Details are on the Succulent Gardens website.



It took the production crew about 200 hours to plant (not including prep time for cuttings).

Planting was completed in late August 2012.

About 30,000 cuttings were used.

The eight sections will be connected at the show and mounted on an armature and will stand about 15′ high.

It will be powered by a motor and spin on an axis tilted at the same angle as the earth. Maximum speed will be two revolutions per minute.

The eight sections, when assembled, will weigh about one ton.


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Debra Lee Baldwin
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.
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Jeannine March 22, 2013, 1:15 am

This sounds super! I would love to see it! Jeannine

Gareth March 22, 2013, 6:41 am

It looks like a lot of hard works gone into the sphere and I love succulents !!

Town Mouse March 22, 2013, 10:14 am

Wow! Can’t wait to see it! This is so amazing – I love the Garden Show!

katherine March 22, 2013, 4:27 pm

Love it!!!!! Wish I could have seen that in person!!! That is great!

Jean March 22, 2013, 6:20 pm

I love how there are geniuses everywhere. It just takes a laser-like focus on that one thing that is special to you and something amazing is produced. Thanks for introducing us to Robin Stockwell’s unique corner of the universe.

Nelson March 25, 2013, 2:03 am

Is this for real? Never thought that it would be possible using succulents. Brilliant idea.

John March 25, 2013, 8:50 am

Wow what cool project! I would love to see that in real life, thanks for posting!

Charlie@Seattle Trekker March 25, 2013, 11:30 pm

I love the creativity. Thank you for taking multiple shots to see how they did it and how they constructed the globe.

Cassidy March 30, 2013, 10:56 am

Keep seeing photos of this and wish I could have seen it in person!

brisbane retaining walls April 1, 2013, 2:46 am

Wow, that sounds so cool and wonderful! I would love to see that in real life. Such a great project!

Candy Suter April 4, 2013, 2:11 am

It was so wonderful seeing you there honey bun. I too wish we could have had more time together. But we will have tons of fun at the Succulent Celebration! I can’t wait.

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