I spent the day at the Los Angeles County Arboretum last week attending the L.A. Garden Show and touring the display gardens and marketplace there. I was impressed with some clever succulent planters that were created by a group of Arboretum volunteers using re purposed natural materials like palm fronds and hollowed tree stumps. (The ideas people come up with when they have a lot of garden debris to dispose of!)
This Queen Palm frond was planted two months ago. A hole was drilled in the back of it to secure a hook for hanging . A “planting bag” constructed from chicken wire was fit into the frond cavity and filled with sphagnum moss, cactus mix, coco fibers and shredded newspapers and closed with wire.
Close up of chicken wire mesh that holds the succulents in the palm frond.
Arboretum volunteer Beverly Harris happily poses beside the hanging succulent bag and succulent chair planters that her group of volunteers made to sell at the garden show. Beverly said that the frond succulent bag took over 15 hours to make and they used chopsticks to gently insert each succulent cutting into the moistened planting medium.
I’ve seen lots of old tree stumps used as tables, but I love the way it looks as a planter for these succulents!