Succulents spruce up the garden, spread color

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published February 4, 2019

 A type of decorative planting that can be done with succulents will be one of the topics discussed at the Shelby Township Gardeners Club’s “Succulents in the Garden” presentation at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center in Shelby Township.

A type of decorative planting that can be done with succulents will be one of the topics discussed at the Shelby Township Gardeners Club’s “Succulents in the Garden” presentation at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center in Shelby Township.

Photo provided by Ivy Schwartz

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Gardeners Club will be bringing back memories of warmer weather ahead of the spring season with a presentation on a trendy and colorful plant that is simple to care for.

The free presentation will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 and will cover everything there is to know about the hardy plants called succulents.

“Succulent gardening is extremely ‘on trend,’ from both a conservation point of view (less water) and time management (nominal care)!” Ivy Schwartz, the garden club’s publicist, stated in an email.

Succulents are becoming a big part of indoor plant growing and gardening. Succulents are plants that have some parts that are normally thickened and fleshy to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. They are often found in small pots at local stores.

If you are someone who wants to understand the essentials for care and the different types of succulents, you’re in luck: The garden club is inviting Sue Keehn, a Harrison Township Beautification Commission member, to lay it all out.

The event will take place at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, located at 4101 River Bends Drive in Shelby Township.

During the presentation, Keehn will cover different types of succulents and their use for creative displays.

“The presentation will show and discuss various succulents for use indoors and out, and how to plant them for beautiful displays,” Keehn said via email.

Keehn will provide many details and tips to give the plants the best care possible, and she will explain their backgrounds throughout the presentation.

“The presentation includes types of succulents (Sempervivum, Echeveria, Sedum, various Euphorbia, Aloe, some exotic forms, etc.), how to plant and care for them inside and out, garden or planter design, (the) combining with other plants, and creative uses,” said Keehn.

When adding succulents to planters or gardens, the type of conditions you are putting them in can affect the life of the succulents. Some prefer the cold and some not so much. Keehn will have the inside scoop as to what you can do to make sure yours will flourish.

“The growing conditions will depend on the type you are interested in. There are some wonderful hardy succulents that look great in a Michigan garden and are perennial favorites. There are others that will not survive the cold and can be brought in or used in indoor gardens. Their architectural shape and unusual colors are very popular in today’s modern décor, along with being dependable plants of interest in landscapes,” said Keehn.

There will also be several succulents that will be given away in a free drawing for attendees during the event.

Informational flyers about succulents will be available for those interested in learning more at home.

Schwartz said she thinks it’s a great presentation during the cold weather, because everyone is looking forward to the spring and plants not seen during the winter.

“In midwinter, everyone is starved for color and warmth. The beauty of … Sue’s succulents will surely ease this deprivation,” Schwartz said.

The presentation is part of the garden club’s ongoing free talks and is open to all. No registration is needed.

The Shelby Township Gardeners Club is always accepting donations to help bring in new presenters, such as Keehn, to educate the public.

Part of the club’s mission statement is to promote interest and knowledge for its members and the community in gardening, flower arrangement and ecology.

For more information on the presentation or the garden club, visit www.shelbytwp.org/gardeners or the club’s Facebook page.