In April we attended the Perth Garden Festival at McCallum Park. This year we made our display themed on The Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Setting up our display took a gut wrenching 7 days, with the help and support of friends and family. There was sweat and there were tears, but in the end it was all worth it! We were very humbled to have recieved a Silver Exhibit Award from the Nursery and Garden Industry of WA. All in all, the 4 day event went down without a hitch, and we had an absolute blast!
Planning and preperation for our Succulent Mad Hatter Tea Party display began back in August last year. We wanted to create a table setting as the focal point, with weird and wonderful succulent bits and bobs filling the rest of the space that reference the rest of the book.
We sourced our teacups and books from local op-shops. The cactus chair we picked on a road side collection and simply secured chicken wire under the seat's frame. The sign reads "Please be seated". We planted variegated String of Pearls and variegated Mini Kitty into the dishes tub below to recreate 'bubbles'. Don't forget to do the Dishes!
The white rabbit attempting to fit into his rabbit hole amongst the Aeoniums and Senecio barbertonicus. The bottles labelled 'Drink Me', which shrinks Alice and makes the door look giant. On the door is a clock made with a succulent wreath frame. Planted as the numbers are Echeveria 'Ben Badis' and longissima.
Above is a massive miniature garden Kaye created at the festival. It would have been too heavy to transport had we made it proir to the event. Here she planted a large Crassula ovata 'Gollum' as a miniature tree. In the garden is Crassula Lanuginosa var. Pachystemon, Echeveria elegans and Sedum makinoi 'Ogon'.
Below is a vintage TV I transformed into a terrarium with the help of my partner. A project I have wanted to do for years, we replaced the television tube with acrylic. We heated the acrylic to get it to curve at the front. We planted it up with hypoestes, Soleirolia soleirolii and Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus'.
Classic Succulents in 50mm tubes. Groundcovers, fillers, spillers and uprights!