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A Succulent Extravaganza in Castroville

The Succulent Gardens living globe in 2103
David Laws

Succulent Gardens in Castroville is a retail/wholesale nursery specializing in succulent plants for landscaping and interior decoration. While there is no single dedicated demonstration garden area, borders, walkways, and sheltered corners throughout the 3-acre site overflow with plants, from containers of tiny Echeveria rosettes to giant Agave beds along the boundary fence. Growing trays pack the spacious greenhouses with over 400 varieties of every color, size, shape, and texture to create their own utilitarian mosaics.

Owner Robin Stockwell is noted for his dramatic, living mosaic succulent sculptures. He has created several unique displays for the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. After the 2013 show, he moved a 14-foot-tall, rotating world globe to his nursery. Visitors have one last chance to enjoy the spectacle of continents, oceans and islands delineated with living plants before they are removed and the structure dismantled in the “next couple of weeks.” If this is the focus of your interest, check the status before your visit.

The fourth annual Succulent Extravaganza!!!, two days of talks and demonstrations, will be held on September 26-27, 2014. Check the website for more information. At other times the nursery is open to the public from Mon – Sat, 9 am to 4pm.

Succulent Gardens is located at 2133 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, CA 95012. For more information visit:

Where to stay?
The closest bed and breakfast style lodging
is the Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing. Accommodations include rooms with a view of the tides in a former boathouse with beds crafted from actual boats. Additional rooms in a historic renovated Pacific Coast Steamship Company building feature nautical decor. Marina, about 12 miles away offers several chain motels; the numerous hostelries of Monterey Peninsula lie 20 miles to the south.

California Gardens Mobile App
California Gardens is mobile travel app, free from iTunes, that describes over 200 gardens that are open to the public on a scheduled or occasional basis. It includes arboretums, botanical gardens, public parks, college campuses, hotels, nurseries, wineries, and private estates that showcase the extraordinary variety of plants that thrive across the diverse climate regions of the Golden State. Download California Gardens from the Apple iTunes App Store (free) or Google play for Android

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