a succulent collaboration

I'd have to say that succulents are right up there as one of my favorite things. There is something very enchanting about them. Whenever I'm flipping through gardening books or magazines I'm always drawn to the arid, desert like gardens that are full of cacti, bougainvillea, and yuccas. Maybe, it's because it is a garden I would never be able to have in Canada. Luckily, I can have a small version of my dream garden.

Look at this lovely planter filled with locally grown succulents from the Niagara region.

It is a collaboration between Toronto industrial artist Katherine Morley and innovative, organic gardener Sarah Nixon. When Sarah sourced these beautiful succulents from growers just South of Toronto she wanted to find planters for them that were also locally made. You see, everything Sarah does starts in her own backyard (and many others). She plants, weeds, and tends to intensively planted residential gardens throughout the neighbourhood of Parkdale in exchange for the organically grown flowers.

The flowers are then turned into stunning bouquets for brides, offices, yoga studios and private homes which she sells through her business, My Luscious Backyard. Each bouquet is unique to the growing season and is absolutely the freshest it can be often handpicked only hours before it is delivered. As a bride, you can even walk the gardens with Sarah a few days before your wedding and chose your own bouquet. Wouldn't it be nice to know that your wedding flowers were grown using organic farming principles and didn't travel for miles and miles on a jet plane to get to you? Look at this stunning bouquet Sarah made....

As you can see, Sarah believes strongly in keeping things local which is why she turned to artist, Katherine Morley for unique planters for her succulents. Katherine is a very talented industrial designer whose work has been featured in Canadian House and Home and Moco Loco. Her work ranges from ceramics to textiles to graphics to writing and performing music. She's one talented lady!

I think these three legged planters she designed for the succulents are absolutely perfect. I love the small grooves in each of the feet and the slightly irregular shape of the bowl; such a pleasure to look at!

And the best thing is, I can take this little garden inside with me when the weather starts to turn colder.