During succulent celebrity Annie Schreck's week-long visit to Southern CA, we went (of course!) to The Succulent Cafe near San Diego. This patio-garden eatery specializing in pastries, espresso and colorful succulents in decorative containers. Location: 505 Oak Ave., Carlsbad, CA, three blocks from the beach.
Annie is the staff horticulturist and researcher who produces informational videos for the largest online succulent nursery: Mountain Crest Gardens.
As she and I sat amid walls of succulents and chatted over lavender mocha and chai, Annie explained she has "the coolest job in the world" despite it being "the middle of nowhere" in northern CA. In the video, Annie mentions some of her favorite succulents, including two she spotted while hiking the Pacific Northwest.
About the Succulent Cafe
I'm pleased to share this description of The Succulent Cafe from an article I did for a Better Homes & Gardens publication two years ago:
"Owner Peter Loyola's aim is 'to create an environment that appeals to all the senses.' He achieves this with fragrant coffee, flaky pastries, a splashing fountain, soft music, and colorful plants in textural containers.
"Loyola enjoys the challenge of planting succulents in objects such as wood pallets, vinyl gutters, and vintage kitchen utensils. 'The more patina the better,' he says, gesturing to a verdigris copper colander holding blue and pink echeverias.
"In addition to coffee drinkers, dogs on leashes, babies in carriages, and brightly dressed cyclists, visitors include tourists taking photos. 'Locals come here to unwind,' Loyola says. 'But if you're from Minnesota, you probably don't see succulents all that often, and you're mesmerized.'
"When designing with succulents, Loyola often places the largest plant in the center, then surrounds it with smaller ones. Containers may also have a cascader, like a fine-leaved sedum, string-of-pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) or burro tail (Sedum morganianum)."
See 40+ examples in the Gallery below.
More Annie Adventures
This video---part of a series of Annie's succulent adventures in my neck of the woods---introduces you to the effervescent, engaging Annie. In a different video, she introduces yours truly to her fans and followers.
Annie and I both welcome your comments and questions!