Upcoming Succulent Shows & Sales 

San Diego Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale, vendor area (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Save the Dates! Upcoming Succulent Shows & Sales  Some of these open early for members. I’ve listed dates and times that events welcome the general public. Details may change as dates approach; click links to verify.  FRI-SAT May 17-18 (see above) Los Angeles C&SS Spring Sale, Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA New…

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See Josh Allen’s Rare Aloe & Cycad Nursery Near San Diego

Aloe vaombe in bloom mid-February (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Josh Allen is making his dream come true: Developing a nursery and botanic garden specializing in rare succulents and cycads. “There’s a big market for beautiful, hard-to-find plants,” he says, adding that creating new hybrids and “playing with plant genetics” are what he does best. He especially enjoys Aloe hybridizing and  breeding rare and desirable…

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Annie and Me at The Succulent Cafe

Succulent Cafe (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

During succulent celebrity Annie Schreck’s week-long visit to Southern CA, of course we went to The Succulent Cafe in Carlsbad near San Diego. As we sit amid walls of succulents and chat over lavender mocha coffee, Annie tells how she has “the coolest job in the world” despite its location

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Tom Cole’s Remarkable Rare Aloe Nursery

Aloe lukeana, red-orange

Tom Cole’s aloe-collecting hobby has turned into a unique nursery. Hundreds of seed-grown African aloes thrive in pots or in the ground at his Cold Spring Aloes near Lotusland in Montecito, south of Santa Barbara, CA.

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See Hidden Agave Nursery’s Rare Agaves

Hidden Agave nursery garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Hidden Agave Nursery is more than a source of rare and unusual agaves, it’s fast-tracking this popular succulent genus to its full potential. Owner Jeremy Spath specializes in species and cultivars that don’t get overly large, perform well in gardens, and are exceptionally beautiful. I share his fascination with

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Laguna Beach Succulent Gardens

Sansevieria, fountain at Laguna Beach Water District (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

On the Laguna Beach Garden Tour I go hunting for succulents. Nearly all varieties thrive in Laguna’s mild coastal climate. But what gets me every time are the flowering annuals and perennials that snuggle up to the succulents.

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Visit Pigment, San Diego’s Chic Succulent Boutique

Hanging succulent globes (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

See Pigment’s simple-but-sophisticated pots that frame succulents perfectly. Colors range from intense hues to white, cream and pastels. Many customers are young professionals living in apartments and condos with no space for gardening. Succulents are their pets,

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Rojas Succulents Nursery Tour

Crassula falcata variegated (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

If you’re looking for a great succulent nursery to tour, head for family-owned Rojas Succulents on 1-1/2 acres in Fallbrook, CA. They do everything right. Superb plant material ranges from garden succulents to collectible rarities, including unusual variegates (striped or multicolored leaves).

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