My 20 year old niece Alex and I visited the San Diego Botanical Gardens last November. It was great bonding time for me with this smart and beautiful young woman who holds wonderful promise and enjoys adventure like I do. I had wanted to visit the gardens — once named Quail Botanical Gardens — for some time and was grateful she was game for the excursion.
The gardens could take up a whole blog post, in fact several, and I came away with several projects in mind inspired by what I saw. But the succulent lady gave by far the deepest impression. Since moving to San Diego, I always was drawn to the imaginery ways others used succulents in pots and in art, specifically using wire forms. Alex — short for Alexandrea — and I came upon a volunteer in the garden who was working on a very elegant Victorian lady wire form giving all her grace and beauty with succulents. I was truly awestruck and imagined many possibilities.
Patience is essential with any art, whether in gardening or other forms. A week later I had to share my enthusiasm for what I saw with my friend Kris. Game as I to experiment with the possibilities of succulent art, Kris and I made a play date to create just that.