Today I went with a small group from my landscape-hort class to tour the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA. Brian Kemble, Assistant Garden Director, led us through the three-acre collection of cacti and succulents. The garden is designed as an example of water-conserving landscaping, but water conservation is not what was on my mind as I wandered through this garden. All I could think of was how stunning the plants were, with spectacular blooms and endless variety in their form and structure. I've never been that enthusiastic about succulents before, but I think I may be a convert now. Of course, I had to make a few purchases--an aloe, an aeonium, and a sempervivum.
I couldn't remember most of the plant names, so I've just thrown up all the photos without identification. My camera and my photography skills do not do these plants justice. The colors were much more vivid than they appear here.