My Sea-Themed Potting Demo at Roger’s Gardens

For my sea-themed potting demo at Roger’s Gardens, I combined rosy-pink barnacles with cuttings of a pink-tipped, cream-striped crassula, and did a multiplant arrangement in a seashell pot. These were something I decided to do on the spur of the moment.
Roger’s Gardens (the largest independently owned garden center on the West Coast) is all about opulent, over-the-top displays of succulents and flowering plants. These fill lovely containers, often an urn or pedestal pot that gives the nod to classic East Coast or European design. When I arrived at at 8 a.m., I hit the ground running. Roger’s is a 75-minute drive from my home, and I was scheduled to go on at 9:00.

Above: My presentation at Roger’s Gardens, Corona del Mar, CA. I’m under the umbrella at far right.

After checking the presentation area, I made a beeline for the indoor retail boutique—an eye-candy cache of home decor enhancements that change kaleidoscopically with the seasons. The shop is full of items of glass, glossy metal, colorful fabrics, and themed stuff…which is what I wanted. I already knew two parts of my design equation—succulents and summer—all I needed was a third.

Above: I combined rosy-pink barnacles from the store with cuttings of a pink-tipped, cream-striped crassula.

Roger’s sells plenty of decorative pots, and this year large, ceramic-shell planters were new. I decided to fill one with succulents suggestive of undersea flora and fauna.  To see how it came together, start to finish, view my YouTube video: Succulents, Shells and Summer: Debra’s Potting Demo at Roger’s Gardens.

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  1. Juanita Ramirez on June 3, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    I truly enjoy watching and learning from your videos. will you be doing any more on line videos
    with Crafty? I came across it and had to ask! thank you for all the great info and tips on succulents 🙂

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on June 10, 2021 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Juanita — At present, I don’t have more videos in the works like my Craftsy class, but if you subscribe to my “Celebrating the Joy of Succulents” newsletter, you’ll be among the first to know when I do! Thanks for your interest.

  2. Rita on August 2, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Where is Rogers Gardens?

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