Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Succulents Make a Great Green Corporate Gift


Not far from our home in West Marin, on a windy mesa just above the Pacific Ocean, is a world renowned botanical garden specializing in succulents.

The strange and beautiful plant forms we encountered while touring this magical 14-acre site last year inspired us to begin sourcing sustainably produced succulents as corporate gifts. We offer several types of small, pesticide-free succulents grown here in Northern California.

Succulents are a wonderful green promotion and a sensible alternative to cut floral designs. They are beautiful, drought tolerant, flourish with minimal care, and can be sustainably resourced.

Succulents have the ability to store water in their stems, leaves, or roots, or a combination of the above. They can be giant trees or tiny two-leaved miniatures. They come in an endless array of shapes, textures, colors and forms. Therefore, they are of great interest to collectors who appreciate their often other-worldy appearance.

More than many other plants, succulents are threatened by man's encroachment on habitat. So they are especially worthy of cultivation as either house plants or garden plants. We have a nice collection of potted succulents on our roof deck at eco imprints, and many mature specimens around our home in Marin. They take far less maintenance than their non-succulent counterparts, and they produce some amazing, long-lasting blooms — especially this time of year.

Even if you have a not-so-green thumb, you’ll do well with these hearty beauties!