14 Oct summer fun : make & take a succulent garden

For our final Summer School-lite learning workshop we decided it would be fun to learn about something not related to design, business or city politics; instead we polished our green thumbs and took turns assembling our own individual succulent gardens.

The event began with Charity talking about some of our most recent fun projects. From a crisp new identity system to a sweetly styled photo shoot, it was fun to share recent studio happenings with our guests.

After a loose “how-to” the garden-making was in full swing. The guests negotiated with one another for their perfect container, then helped each another choose the perfect selction of plants for their garden. It truly was a group project.

Thinking about planting your own succulent garden? Here are a few tips:

1) First you want to gather your supplies. An assortment of succulents and cacti, cacti & succulent soil, gravel, decorative containers and gloves to protect those sparkly mani’s. I purchased most of my supplies at Gale’s Garden Center, Petitti’s and the soil at Home Depot (although they sometimes offer succulent plants as well!)

2) Choose your favorite container. Think about where you will place your garden in the space, this should dictate what type of container you use. I found the green organic-shaped one above at Unique Thrift!

3) Fill the bottom of your container with stones to all the roots of the plants to sit above the moisture. This is especially important when your container DOES NOT have holes.

4) Use the cacti & succulent soil (made with less clay) and cover the rocks about an inch or so below the top of the container.

5) Arrange a variety of plants to make an interesting arrangement. Think of it as making your own flower arrangement. Focus on variety of color, height and leaf texture. Ultimately you want to assemble something YOU think looks great…that’s all that matters. 

Remember to water LIGHTLY these plants do not need a lot of water. With that said they do HEART the warmth of the sun so put them on a table or shelf near a bit of Cleveland sunshine and they will flourish all winter long.

It was a great summer at the studio and we can’t wait to see everyone at Le Petit Parc next year! Happy fall, happy succulent gardens!