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Roger's Pick: The Wonderful World of Succulents - Part 3 of 3

In sharing with you this huge family of assorted plants, my pen has found it hard to contain its wandering with such an exciting collection of succulents from all over the world.

Since succulents come from such diversified areas as Madagascar, the deserts of Namibia, South Africa and Mexico, it’s important to understand their native habitats’ rainfall. Some receive summer rains and some receive winter rains, so it is important to remember this in your cultivation and caring for the plants, whether you’re a beginner or a connoisseur of these seductive gems.

There are private collector gardens all over Southern California, but a couple of great field trips to consider are the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. and Lotusland, just south of Santa Barbara. Both these botanical gardens have very old plant specimens and the experience of strolling through these gardens is like going to the Guggenheim museum and viewing the best art forms within the plant kingdom.

A recent field trip took me to Rainbow, Calif., to view some of the world’s striking succulent gems that are being cultivated and preserved at Rare Succulents owned by Petra Crist, a real walking encyclopedia on the caudiciform type of succulents. Check out http://www.rare-succulents.com to view some of these one of a kind succulents for the discriminating collector.

If you decide to explore this fascinating world of strange, bizarre and out of this world looking plants, consider joining the San Diego Succulent Society which is having an upcoming plant show at Balboa Park on June 5 and 6 in room 101 in the Prado building.

Besides having some crème de la crème of exotic succulents and cacti for viewing, the show also offers you a chance to acquire many of these collectable pieces from growers who come from afar to sell these unique plants.

This series on succulents was intended to perk your interest in one of the world’s exciting plant groups. With water as a factor in how gardens are shaped, these xeriscape plants offer tremendous opportunities.

Questions can be directed to Roger at (760) 728-4297.

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