OC Mart Mix needs to host a garden show

Another weekend misspent ostensibly holiday shopping (why pretend?), but in actuality just enjoying plants and landscapes, these courtesy of The OC Mart Mix. Although The OC Mart Mix was patterned after the Ferry Building gourmet marketplace in San Francisco, it’s starting to remind me more and more of Cornerstone in Sonoma, Northern California, written about here and here, which hosted The Late Show in 2009, a much-loved garden show that hasn’t made a reappearance yet. Like that garden travel destination, The OC Mart Mix would also be a great location for a garden show. Rolling Greens’ new location is here, there’s more garden-themed retail signing on like Inside Out 365, and the landscaping is a low-irrigation inspiration. Plus it’s 20 minutes away from me, all worthy and compelling reasons for The OC Mart Mix to take my advice to heart.


One of the courtyards

agave vilmoriniana and feather grass - oc mart

Agave vilmoriniana and Mexican feather grass


succulents in a crenellated-rimmed pot


Tall glazed pots at the entrances to shops were planted with succulents, like these aeoniums. Senecio mandraliscae is the blue dust ruffle planted in the soil around the base of the pots.

kalanchoe thyrsiflora oc mart

Wonderful to see mature specimens of so many familiar succulents like Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, the flapjack plant, its towering inflorescence resembling a leaning pagoda

tree aloe bloom OC mart

Blooming aloes were some of the nicest holiday decorations I saw all weekend.


OCMM, think of the garden show idea as my holiday gift to you. You’re welcome.

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7 Responses to OC Mart Mix needs to host a garden show

  1. Jason says:

    That aloe is really nice.

  2. Though I wouldn’t be able to attend, I’d cheer an OCMM Garden Show for your sake!

  3. Denise says:

    @Jason, that was a bloom on a tree aloe, A. bainesii. Lovely coral color, isn’t it?
    @Jane, I hope you attend the blog shindig in SF next year — if you do, you’ll see succulent-heavy landscapes there too.

  4. Hoov says:

    I’ve been meaning to get there, just so wrapped up with puppy exercise, holiday preparations, home maintenance, gardening… MUST make a point of it now, because of your beautiful photos.

  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    So lovely! Have I mentioned how jealous of your climate I am? All of my aeoniums and other tender succulents are living inside for the winter.

  6. I will consider these lovely photos my Christmas gift from you…thank you! Perfect.

  7. reuben says:

    Hi, Denise, I agree, they should hold a show there … As it is though there’s tons to see and be inspired by … thanks for sharing the pics with a lame shut-in!

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