Sempervivum forum: Crevice Garden Workshop

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Mar 27, 2019 2:12 PM CST
I wanted to share s workshop/lecture I went to last Friday at Far Reaches Farm in Port Townsend
The lecturers where Kenton Seth from Colorado and Paul Spriggs from British Columbia. It was instruction on how to build container crevice gardens and a crevice garden. Here are pictures.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 27, 2019 6:02 PM CST

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Julia this is so exciting. I have already chosen one of my larger shallow containers to try this. I will take photos as I go. Might have to have some advice from those following this thread. Tomorrow I begin, hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend. Hurray!
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Mar 27, 2019 6:33 PM CST
I can't wait to see your crevice garden container, Lynn. I find crevice gardens fascinating!
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Mar 27, 2019 6:43 PM CST
Will be fun to see what you do. Did you know that you can get more plants in a crevice garden because of the vertical rise? Hurray!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 27, 2019 6:55 PM CST

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I like the sound of that Julia, the more the better. Like Connie's two table gardens. Love those.

Connie, I will post photos. Hmmm, wonder what it will look like by Clinic time?
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Mar 27, 2019 6:58 PM CST
I think we will have at least a good idea of what it will look like even though it won't be "mature" yet.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 27, 2019 8:39 PM CST

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I have to really think about what plants I will use.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 27, 2019 8:51 PM CST
I love this!! Thanks for posting it, Julia.
Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Mar 28, 2019 8:22 AM CST
When I was attending the Perennial Plant Association convention in North Carolina last year Tony Avent's garden, he had set up three really long crevice gardens. Semps were prominent in this planting along with other succulents. It's a very good look.

I was lucky to have the worker that actually constructed these tour me through the garden so he was able to describe the construction. I think we'll see more and more of these.

Kevin

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JesseInCT
Mar 28, 2019 8:38 AM CST
I would have loved attending this. I love this look! Where to source the rocks is what I am wondering. I have been keeping an eye on Craigslist recently and emailed a guy this morning about some scrap slate pieces. My parents have more land than I, maybe I'll poke around the edges of their yard.

Has anyone read Rex Murfitt's book that Kevin suggested? I am curious if provides tips on what goes well together and design fundamentals. I love when Kevin makes those suggestions in his suggested cultivars chapter. "Plant these red rossetts near pastels to make them pop" stuff like that. I also would love suggestions like this in regards to companion plants.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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Mar 29, 2019 6:56 PM CST
Julia wow this looks so amazing!! Hurray! Hurray! I've played with these ideas a little bit, and I'm thinking of doing it in one of my troughs, but that'll be lots of work cause it has plants in it still Thumbs up Anyway thanks for the pics, it gives clear ideas of what to do with the rocks! I tip my hat to you.

Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 29, 2019 10:14 PM CST

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Greg one of your troughs would make a great crevice garden. Hurray!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 29, 2019 10:27 PM CST
I agree Hurray!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 30, 2019 3:09 PM CST

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Okay, I didn't get started until today with my miniature crevice garden. Sorry there is one piece of petrified rock in it. I couldn't find any more slate of flat pieces. *Blush*

I don't think the chunk of rock is working?

Here is the mix I made, equal parts Fox Farm Ocean Forest potting mix (which has a lot of sand and pumice already in it, #2 Chicken grit and pumice.
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I don't want to plant until I feel like I've got this right.
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Ideas are appreciated. Hurray!
Name: Karen
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Mar 30, 2019 3:17 PM CST
I like the flat pieces best, but I don't have any flat pieces in my piles of rocks. Actually it seems like anything goes. When planted I think that arrangement would look good, Lynn.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 30, 2019 3:26 PM CST
I think it looks fine too. Would the integrity of the formation be compromised if the pieces were staggered a little? Just a thought.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 30, 2019 3:32 PM CST

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Okay, using these rocks. Bev, how do you mean "staggered"?
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 30, 2019 5:30 PM CST
I just meant instead of all rocks being directly behind each other you could move the inside ones off from the other rocks just a wee bit. Not sure if that would affect the support system or even if you like the look. Shrug! Might not even make a difference but you never know...
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 30, 2019 5:50 PM CST

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Photo tomorrow. I just finished planting it. It will be easy to change if I don't like it. I planted the yellow form of allionii, Oxallis adenophylla, S. speciosum and Delosperma 'Grenade'. Different colors and textures. The delosperma blooms until frost and stays low to the ground and not an agressive grower. The oxallis blooms off and on but has low to the ground leaves all growing season.






I still have room to plant a couple more things for more color if needed.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 30, 2019 8:07 PM CST
Interesting plants with great color!

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