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Robin Stockwell

Robin Stockwell, Owner, Succulent Gardens, The Growing Grounds 

Robin Stockwell has been lauding the virtues of succulent plants since he started growing them in 1972. A veteran green thumb and past president of the Monterey chapter of the California Nurseryman’s Association, Stockwell talks regularly to gardening groups large and small. He has been featured in the Monterey Herald, the San Jose Mercury News, Sunset, and Garden Design magazine, and on radio and television.

Stockwell’s passion for succulents dovetails nicely with gardeners interested in water conservation and green gardening. These plants are ideal for landscapes in many ways: they boast beautiful foliage, which comes in almost every color of the rainbow; they bloom almost constantly; and they are hardy and require very little in the way of water, nutrition, and care. Even so, people are timid in using them and Stockwell wants to encourage gardeners to just get out there and plant them.

For ideas and tips, readers are welcome to visit the three-acre growing grounds of his Castroville nursery, Succulent Gardens. “The candy shop,” as it is known to landscape architects and designers, is open to the public Monday through Saturday. Its demonstration gardens and emphasis on education will empower anyone to get started using these wonders of the plant world.

 

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