These pumpkin/succulent combinations were created last year by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity. I attended a workshop Laura taught and learned how easy it is to make these beautiful arrangements. They can last up to 9 months because the pumpkin is not cut. To find out how to make one google “lauras pumpkins” or enter the same on the right of my website, where the search box is. Either way you will get the tutorial. Laura is giving a workshop on Saturday, November 3 at Gardens by the Sea Nursery. Go to her website www.designforserenity.com to register.
These are THE pumpkins everyone is gaga for! Created by Laura Eubanks of San Diego, they are the perfect combination for a Southwestern Thanksgiving. I took Laura’s class at Green Gardens Nursery in San Diego last Saturday, and now I’m going to share what I learned. First of all, it’s easy to get terrific results! Assemble the following: clear gel craft glue (Laura uses Aleene’s brand), a glue gun, spray glue, a pumpkin with a bowl shaped top, moss, small and mini succulents, seeds, pods and dried buds (can be collected under trees).
As you can see, the moss is ordinary — spray the top of the pumpkin well with the spray glue. You don’t want to glue anything on the sides as they won’t stick: confine the moss to the top. The moss should be 1⁄2 ” thick, patted down.
Now you are ready to start gluing on the larger succulents and buds with the clear gel glue. The larger pieces should be glued first, towards the center. It’s best to have no stems or cut them very short and to have a variety of colors if possible.
Next glue in the smaller succulents, buds, pods, etc. with the same gel glue. Tuck little pieces in all over, mixing up the colors. You can see the first photo for guidance. It’s best to have a lot of stuff as that makes the pumpkins interesting. Seeds and pods around the perimeter should be attached with a glue gun.
The pumpkin should dry for about 12 hours. Laura recommends the following care: keep out of direct sunlight, Mist with tap water once a week, keep indoors for up to one week at a time, best outdoors in a semi-shady location. Laura had a pumpkin last for almost 9 months, although there are no guarantees!
Laura is selling these along with Christmas pumpkins on her website, www.design4serenity.com. There is a limited delivery area as they are too heavy and fragile to ship. Laura and husband Greg Eubanks are both Master Gardeners, and they offer “design and implementation of intimate garden settings.” In addition, Laura is a Master Composter (!), garden lecturer, and conducts workshops. Thank you, Laura, for your generosity in sharing your pumpkins with my readers!
Green Gardens Nursery is a wonderful neighborhood business in Pacific Beach, a suburb of San Diego. They are getting geared up for the holidays with extensive offerings. Their website is www.sdgreengardens.com. They have a terrific succulent collection for sale, as well as some of Laura’s pumpkins.
On the web:
Friday, 11/4 — Sunday 11⁄6 Green Gardens Nursery (see above) will be having their Annual Holiday Open House with refreshments and a 15% discount on gift shop items. Friday 4 — 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am — 5pm. (858) 483‑7846
And fewer calories! Who would have thought that succulents and pumpkins could mix! Master gardener Laura Eubanks did. She will be giving a seminar at Green Gardens Nursery in Pacific Beach on Saturday October 22 at 2 pm on the creation of these beauties. Laura was kind enough to give the following information for those of us who cannot attend: “We won’t have need to cut into the pumpkins as all of the succulents are glued to a thin layer of sphagnum moss which, in turn is glued to the top of the gourd! With a little TLC, the succulents will root right through the glue and into the moss. I have succulent topped pumpkins from last year!” Ingenious! Green Gardens will also be selling some of the succulent pumpkin centerpieces at the nursery. (www.sdgreengardens.com) If you are not familiar with Green Gardens, take a trip to check it out! It’s a gem of a nursery that offers especially creative shopping during the holidays.
HOLD THE PRESSES: 10/16/2011 — I will be able to attend the pumpkin/succulent class on Saturday. I’ll take photos and supply instructions so you can make these at home!
Even people who hate squash love pumpkins — or maybe it’s just the idea of pumpkins that they love. I personally don’t think of pumpkins when I think of squash — which is almost never anyway. It must be painful to be a squash farmer except at Halloween. But most SoCal nurseries have fun with pumpkins in the fall — like Barrels and Branches in Encinitas (www.barrelsandbranches.com). It’s amazing how so many fallish plants such as mums are of a like mind, blooming in oranges, reds and yellows, like pumpkins and gourds. Many succulents coöperate also, like “Sticks on Fire” a form of the succulent Euphorbia Tirucalli. Barrels and Branches is a full service nursery with lots of great plants, pots and gift items but they get very frisky with pumpkins at Halloween!
On the web:
Pumpkin patches to enjoy:
Ventura County: www.venturacountyrealestatetalk.com/2007/10/03/ventura-county-pumpkin-patches-corn-mazes-and-hay-rides/many locations to choose from.
Los Angeles County: http://www.shawnspumpkinpatch.com /has 2 locations, in Santa Monica and Culver City.
Orange County: Irvine Park Railroad /www.irvineparkrailroad.com/a really big venue with bike and boat rentals, hayrides, train rides, moon bounce and a lot more.
San Diego County: Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center www.batesnutfarm.biz /has hayrides, a maze, pony rides and more.
For more SoCal events: www.pacifichorticulture.org/calendar/soCal/