When I installed this patio garden in sub-irrigated planters last summer what you see below was what was in my minds eye. It didn't happen because it was not my property. I gave the garden to the owner in payment for storing my plant lab after my donation offer was rejected by Balboa Park management. Foolish decision it was.
What a surprise it was last week to find these spectacular succulent bowls at Costco. They were gone in no time at $60 a bowl. That was no surprise. I'm in and out of Lowe's and Home Depot garden centers frequently and have never seen quality succulent planters like these.
If I were staying in San Diego and had space I would have bought one, deconstructed it and installed a bubble SIP reservoir like this. It is the method I designed for high fired ceramic planters with a bottom drain hole. Using this method there is no need to drill an overflow drain hole in the side. No easy job with high-fired ceramic planters.
I didn't think to find the name of the grower who supplied these planters. It is most likely someone in the local Southern California area. Kudos to the grower for doing an outstanding job of design and installation. All garden centers should be so lucky to have planters like these for sale...with sub-irrigation plumbing of course.
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