Drought Tolerant Garden: Gardening With Succulents

Nels ChristiansonFor our November meeting, Nels Christianson presented on The Drought Tolerant Garden: Gardening With Succulents, featuring varieties of succulents in local gardens as well as gardens beyond California.

His talk focused on how to plant a drought tolerant garden using succulents that have recently become so popular.

Nels is an active member of several local Bromeliad Societies and Cactus and Succulent groups in the Los Angeles area and is the Editor of “Dry Times,” the monthly Sunset Succulent Society Newsletter. He is president-elect of the Westchester Chapter of the American Begonia Society. He currently grows more than 500 cacti, succulents, not to mention also Bromeliads.

Nels often remarks that “Hobby” is his middle name! In addition to being an avid gardener, Nels is also a ceramic artist. In fact, many of the succulent plants that he grows are growing in his own pots.

Sharing Table

Our Sharing table was overflowing this month, with lots of succulents brought in for sharing. Everyone went home with something.

Local Sources of Succulents

21201 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Duke Benadom, Simi Valley
Specializes in Aloes

John Matthews, Somis
Specializes in Haworthias, Gasterias, Aloes

Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino
Two public sales per year, May and October

Sunset Succulent Show and Sale, Culver City
First weekend in May

Catus and Succulent Society of America show and sale
At the Huntington
Last week in June or first in July

Further afar:

Yucca Do Nursery, Giddings, TX
Agaves, aloes, Yuccas, drought tolerant plants
Large selection of Agaves