Great Article on Lawn Reduction in the West!

Succulent Lovers and Water Conservationists!

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This article, titled “Succulents and Wildflowers Leave Water-Wasting Lawns in the Dust,” written by Heather Kathryn Ross and published on EarthJustice.org is a wonderful testament to the growing interest in lawn reduction or removal and the possibilities of creating a gorgeous, waterwise garden instead. With so many options of colors, styles, sizes, textures, etc., of succulents they’re use in California these days is really a no-brainer.

We are happy to make daily, positive contributions to the water conservation efforts in California and are even happier to see how Californians in general are making great efforts to do the same. By using a variety of succulents and other plants that drink responsibly, beautiful rocks, boulders and decomposed granite, we are able to accomplish the task of water conservation while still creating beautiful gardens for our clients.

 

Make sure to click here to see the full article!

 

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Let’s keep up the good work, California!

Live Succulent Tapestry Installation!

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Event Info & Registration

Hello again! On Saturday, June 27th from 10am – 1pm, I will be conducting a live Succulent Tapestry installation at a lovely home in Thousand Oaks, CA. This event will be an opportunity for enthusiasts and landscape design professionals alike to see firsthand the transformation of a tired planter bed into a living work of drought-tolerant art. I recently participated in a similar event with the Queen of Succulents herself, Debra Lee Baldwin, in her incredible garden in San Diego. These opportunities do not come frequently, so don’t miss out!

The event will include light snacks and refreshments for all, as well as a small container and supplies with which to make your own small Succulent Tapestry to take home with you.

The cost of this event is $85, payable via PayPal or any major credit card. There is a link just below to complete the registration and payment.




 

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Fake Grass? Synthetic Turf?

As we find ourselves constantly on the bleeding edge of best-practices in California landscaping, the subject of fake grass/synthetic turf arises all of the time. While we have our own opinions on these lawn alternatives when it comes to aesthetics and functionality, we like to hear what others are saying about the subject. The blog post that we are linking to today offers some good insight on changing over to synthetic turf and what to expect after making the change.

 

ARTICLE: Fake Grass, Synthetic Turf or Stepford Lawns? from San Jose Green Home

It is probably worth mentioning that we almost always oppose the installation of synthetic turf, but we hope that this article can provide some useful information to those of you considering replacing that water guzzling lawn. Pass along the news to someone you know that might also be interested in lawn alternatives!

Exclusive Presentation at Village Garden Club of La Jolla

From The Village Garden Club of La Jolla’s Website:

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Join award winning landscape designer, Laura Eubanks as she shares her secrets of creating gorgeous succulent tapestries in the garden. Her action-packed and inspiring presentation will both delight and inspire you and is a must see for any succulent or floral design enthusiast. Laura’s presentation will inspire you to turn your garden spaces into works of living art!

Laura Eubanks is an award winning succulent designer and Master Gardener whose work has been featured in books, magazines, television, YouTube and at numerous local events throughout San Diego County and beyond. She recently returned from Brazil where she was a guest instructor at the International Floral Academy in Sao Paulo. Laura is a featured designer in Debra Lee Baldwin’s latest book, Succulents Simplified and as the pioneer of the moss and glue technique, she is the creator of the Succulent Topped Pumpkin and the iconic ‘Roberto’ the Succulent Alligator. Laura also inspires homeowners and garden enthusiasts worldwide with her unique approach to succulent design. Working with a combination of cuttings, rooted plants and succulent ‘compatibles’, Creating Succulent Tapestries in the Garden is revolutionizing the design community and offers a gorgeous solution to gardening responsibly through the ongoing drought crisis.

Design For Serenity at ExpoFlora 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil

Laura is off to South America again on May 29th. In addition to teaching her Moss and Glue technique to a group of international students, she will be leading a separate group of landscape architects in the installation of the first ever succulent themed landscape exhibit at ExpoFlora in Holombra, Brazil, located within the state of São Paulo. This event is visited annually by 350,000 people and Laura will be the first international guest invited to exhibit at this huge gardening event!

Last year’s ExpoFlora was a great success for the organizers and for all in attendance. Please take a look at some of the photos from the event here on ExpoFlora’s Facebook page!

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Fall Garden Party at Waterwise Botanicals

[dropcap style=”book”]T[/dropcap]he Fall Garden Party at Waterwise Botanicals was a huge success!  Hundreds of succulent enthusiasts enjoyed perfect weather, inspiring and informative talks and the opportunity to purchase Jeff Moore’s fabulous new book, Under the Spell of Succulents. Our own Laura Eubanks was front and center under the Big Tent delighting the crowd with her Succulent Tapestry demonstration! 

After walking the nursery and choosing her favorite specimens, she assembled a signature tapestry live and on stage while giving design tips, care instructions and advice for handling the various plants in her palate. At the end of the presentation, nursery owner, Tom Jesch, announced that one lucky winner could win her Succulent Tapestry Garden display in a raffle, sponsored by the nursery, in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more information!

Finally, as promised, we are including a list of the plants used in this demonstration, as well as a few important pieces of information on acquiring and using rocks in your tapestries. See just below the photo gallery for the information on rocks. For now, enjoy the plant list and ensuing photos!

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[list_item icon=”ok”]Crassula Argentea ‘Sunset’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Aloe ‘Blue Elf’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Aloe ‘Cynthia Giddy’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Crassula ‘Blue Waves’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Potulacaria afra variegata[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Euphorbia turucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Aloe cameronii[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Kalanchoe thyrsiflora ‘Paddle Plant’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Echeveria ‘Lotus’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Sedum nussbaumerianium (as fun to plant as it is to say!)[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Cotyledon ‘Ivory Shells’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Echeveria harmsii ‘Blush’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Ruschia pulvinaris ‘Pink Sparkles’[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”ok”]Senecio radicans ‘String of Bananas’[/list_item]

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The rock yards that we use most are KRC RockSouthwest Boulder & Stone, and Bedrock Boulders & Landscape Products. All are located in San Diego County and have detailed information on their websites (accessible by clicking the company’s name in the previous sentence). Don’t hesitate to take a trip out to the rock yards, ask a ton of questions and take home some sample rocks to see how they match up with your landscape!

 

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DEMO: Succulent Tapestries!

For the first time ever, Laura will be teaching a demo on creating Succulent Tapestries and we’re happy to share the news! On Saturday, November 8th in Escondido, CA, Waterwise Botanicals will be holding their annual “Fall Garden Party,” complete with seminars and workshops by important individuals in the industry including our very own Laura Eubanks. TillmanFeatured While the event kicks off at 9am, Laura’s demo starts at 12:30pm. We encourage you to take a look at the full schedule of events for that day at Waterwise Botanical’s website dedicated exclusively to the event– www.thefallgardenparty.com –so that you may start planning your day. Make sure to RSVP directly on their website as space is limited!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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