Yardsmart: Handmade art pots are an emerging art form

April 20, 2015 12:12 PM

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At the epicenter of our love affair with succulent plants, there's one hot trend toward the handmade. Those who grow these amazing water conserving species in southern California are no longer satisfied with the same old mass-produced pots for their plants. Maybe it came from a new appreciation for one-of-a-kind creations. Or perhaps it's an offshoot of shows where plantophiles display their most outstanding specimens, often in competition. These gatherings of the succulent-minded are the genesis of a new art form just emerging onto the national scene.

Succulent shows are all about staging. This considers the size and quality of a plant as it sits in just the right pot, often accented with a matching stone or driftwood. Staging doesn't limit style but opens the door to create unique compositions. Naturally you don't want your super fine specimen p...

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