11 Jun You Had Me at ‘Aloe’: Notes From the Succulent Celebration at Waterwise Botanicals
Last weekend we attended the second annual Succulent Celebration hosted by Waterwise Botanicals in Escondido, CA. A grower, nursery, and all around bewitching place to spend an afternoon, Waterwise Botanicals specializes in legions of perennials, cacti, roses, and native, unusual and drought-tolerant shrubs and trees.
And of course, our most fleshed-out friends: succulents!
The Succulent Celebration brought hort lovers together with industry “movers and shakers” (as described by the charming Tom Jesch, who founded Waterwise with his wife Jackie), experts who served as speakers and vendors. Presentation topics included: “The Creation of Succulent Art” by Peter Loyola, creator of the showstopping Succulent Café; “Succulent Bonsai” with Tom; “Perfect Succulents for Containers” with garden photojournalist/legend Debra Lee Baldwin; and “Succulents Escaping Boundaries” with Robin Stockwell, owner of Succulent Gardens and the man Sunset Magazine crowned “King of Succulents.”
Alas, we were off the ball last week and weren’t able to catch most of these talks — so we’re already keenly looking forward to next year.
But we did wander a large slice of the property’s 20-plus acres, and buzzed around the booths. We saw more beautiful Pacific Northwest driftwood than you can shake a stick at, some of which was implanted with sassy succulent arrangements, we fell in love with the latest issue of the newly relaunched Garden Design magazine, we learned about nifty aloe hybrid that that stops wildfires cold. Not to mention the oceans of aeonium we navigated while drinking old-school cream soda from a food truck. Needless to say, this was a most successful Saturday.
And of course we brought home some plump new succulents for our garden. Hoarding-wise, we think we might be the past the point of no return…
Check out the memorable moments from the day below!