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Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:07

Employee Succulent Creations at Mountain Crest Gardens, Week 4

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Week 4: Cassie, Succulent Coffee Table

For week 4, Cassie has provided us with a coffee table that has a unique view!

Being a

family owned business, we like to run the nursery like a big family. We thought a fun blog project would be to invite all our employees to make their own Succulent creations. We are asking one employee a week, starting alphabetically, to do so. At the end of each week we will “showcase” that employees design at the nursery, on the blog and on our Instagram.

Why a re-purposed coffee table?

I chose to do a table because I have been experimenting a lot with paint and furniture. The table presented itself and I decided it would be a good idea to paint the table a darker color so as not to take away any attention from the plants.

Glass removed for a clearer look at the plants below.

How long did it take to make it and how many plants did you use?

It took me about 3 days to complete the project. I used around 42 plants.

Side view of the bottom level.

How exactly did you make it?

I took the table apart, sanded, painted and clear coated it. Then I cut a hole in the center, added brackets for the glass and put the glass in. I took two planters, put colored live moss around the borders and planted them up. I also added rope lights to give it a little shine. (And, maybe some more clear coat just to be safe!) The table is roughly 3' x 2 1/2' and the glass is 1'x2')

Rope lights give this table a little sparkle!

What are some of the plants you used and why?

I used varities of Hawortha, Aloe, Echeveria, Crassula, Aeonium & Falcaria.

I was able to use the Aloe & Echeveria as large centerpieces in which to create the designs around.

Side view of table.

What are your favorite succulents?

My favorite succulents would have to be the air plants " Tillandsia Juncifolia RED"

I enjoy air plants the most because of their ability to grow outside of dirt. I can use them in many of my crafting projects, really making them to come to life.

What are the most difficult succulents to work with?

I would say that the Aloe, Cactus & Haworthia because they are very prickly and always get you right in the most sensitive places, like under your fingernail.

Why or what do you love about working at MCG?

I think my favorite part of working at MCG is the dirt, just kidding. I love the fact that there are just a small group of us who are able to grow and ship such large amounts of plants to people who truly enjoy gardening.

Cassie, our featured staff member for week 4.
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