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Sep 7, 2012 1:12 AM CST
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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Over Labor Day weekend my DH and I took a motorcycle trip to northern Wisconsin and stopped at Simply Succulents. Actually, the name of their nursery is Big Brook – Simply Succulents is one of three businesses they run from that one location. The Big Brook nursery carries annuals and perennials, a nice selection of alpines and of course, succulents. Simply Succulents is their on-line business. They sell retail and wholesale. Their third business is making topiary forms. You really need to go to their website https://www.simplysucculents.c... and at the top of the page go to “video gallery” and look at “The Birth of a Baby Succulent Turtle Topiary”. It’s a great video and shows you how they make topiaries. Check out all their videos – they’re fun, well done and some have great music (like the Garden Fest 2012 video). There are videos of the garden fests held there the last couple of years too. Does that look like fun or what!

You just couldn’t ask for nicer people than Sue and Scott. They took several hours out of their busy day to “talk plants” and give us a behind the scene tour of their totally amazing greenhouses. Wow, I’m still drooling thinking about all the sempervivum and sedum I saw. And talk about a couple of hard working people. They literally built everything at the nursery themselves, including the greenhouses. In addition to everything I mentioned above, they have a large garden area at their nursery location showcasing many of their plants. I took a few pictures but kept getting side tracked with all the gorgeous plants they have for sale….wish I would’ve taken more (pictures, that is). I did manage to fit 10 plants in the tour pack on our bike. They survived the next several days on the highway well. Big Grin I’ve purchased from their website before and always received great plants.

Here are a few pictures of their gardens. You can see a lot more of their gardens on their website. Sedum is growing as groundcover all over - on the paths, in the stone walls, etc. Really nice.
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This gazebo is huge!
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Green roof
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They also have a real nice gift shop at their nursery with lots of great stuff including cool pots, fairies and other miniature garden accessories. It was a good thing we were on the motorcycle or I think I’d be broke!

Some of their cute fairy garden accessories and the beautiful display.
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They’ve been featured in probably every major gardening magazine in the U.S. and also on Martha Stewart’s website. Impressive!

Anyway, I'm just so excited about our visit that I wanted to share. Be sure to check out their website - lots of good stuff on there!
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Sep 7, 2012 8:03 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Wow, Chris what an adventure. I have some lovely plants I got from Simply Succulents. How fun to actually see the place they came from.
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Sep 7, 2012 8:52 AM CST
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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It's nice to see pictures of places I've purchased from. They were one of the first places I bought from and they send out a gorgeous print catalog every year since.

I wonder if they have to water their green roof?
I'd have to water one here since it's sooooo dry.
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Sep 7, 2012 9:51 AM CST
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy!
Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I'm sure they do Tabby, it's been awfully dry there too. I like their catalog too!
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