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Robin Stockwell

Former owner, Succulent Garden Nursery and author, Succulents: The Ultimate Guide

Robin Stockwell began growing succulent plants in 1972 and his work with succulent plants has included overseeing a 3 acre production facility with 2 acres of greenhouses, growing over 300 varieties of succulents from seed, cuttings and division. In 2014 he sold his nursery and now works as a nursery consultant, teaching classes on succulents and writing his first book. Succulents: The Ultimate Guide To Choosing, Designing, And Growing 200 Easy Care Plants was just released in January by Sunset Books. Robin’s extravagant vertical work with succulents is well-known and has been featured in many media outlets, including Sunset Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. Robin has worked to help gardeners better understand how to grow succulents. In 2010 he launched “Succulent Extravaganza,” a free two-day event devoted to better understanding succulent plants and featuring many professionals sharing their own succulent experiences. The Northwest Flower and Garden show commissioned Robin to produce the gorgeous succulent heart for their 2015 show, “Romance Blossoms.” Robin’s plants have been in many award-winning landscapes and he has received special recognition from the Nor Cal Nursery and Landscape Show, the San Francisco Flower & Garden show, Sunset magazine and more. He was president of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Nurseryman and was on the founding committee of the Nor Cal Trade show and served as the second chairman.


Planting and Maintaining a Vertical Garden

Discover what vertical gardening is, and how you can create your own succulent planting to display in your garden. Succulent plant expert Robin Stockwell will give you detailed instructions so you can soon have a “living picture” hanging on a patio wall or fence. He’ll review plant selection and preparation, how to make cuttings, varieties that work best, how to plant your creation, ways to hang a vertical garden, and finally, the care it will need to grow and flourish.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Growing Gorgeous Succulents in the Northwest

Many succulents, but not all, are challenging to grow in the Northwest. But there are many more succulents to choose from than just Sedum “Autumn Joy.” Succulent plant expert Robin Stockwell shares the best varieties of Sedums, sempervivums, delospermas and echeverias that thrive in Northwest climates and give your garden some succulent pizzazz, along with tips on keeping frost-tender varieties healthy. He’ll also inspire you to use succulents in new ways, such as container bowls, groundcovers, sedum panels and even wedding bouquets.

Friday, Feb 24 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow