18 Jun Prickly Treat: We Shop (and Shop) at the LACSS Drought-Tolerant Plant Festival
California’s severe drought should be a wakeup call for every babe and babette in our state to take immediate steps to reduce water usage. One of those steps is, of course, drought-tolerant gardening. There are some beautiful examples of it in our neighborhood and on our Instagram feed, which we hope to share with you here (through photos and interviews) in coming weeks. Our own garden is not starved for agave, jade, aeonium, yucca and other xerophytes, but we know we can do better, and do more, in trying to do right by our precious resources.
Yes, this is an unsexy cause. But the upside of drought-tolerant gardening is that drought-tolerant plants are just — so — dang — beautiful.
So beautiful the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society held an event, the Drought-Tolerant Plant Festival, dedicated to plump, sassy, water-saving flora. The day after we hit up Dwell on Design, we headed up to Encino (gotta love that “Encino Man cast” is the second suggestion that comes up when you Google this LA burg; good to know my brain is on the same page as the rest of the internet) to find some fleshy plants to plant in our yard.
We were not prepared. I mean…the Mammillaria genus was out in force, gorgeous and glowing with blankets of white spines and shocking yellow flowers. Remember those buttery bishop’s cap Astrophytums we sweated in Santa Barbara? We finally got one of our own, and for a relative song. But the plant in our haul that people stopped us every few feet to admire was the Euphorbia avasmontana. Picture a green candelabra drawn by Dr. Seuss. Or keep scrolling to see them all in the flesh, including pricing.
And so many more plants, taken home by fellow gardeners and xerophyte-philes, proudly displayed (even for show prizes!) by the plant lovers who cultivate them.
This Friday we bring you shots of this spiny, drought-tolerant splendor. Have a great weekend!