In 1980 Robin Stockwell was in the wholesale nursery business growing succulent plants when he opened Succulent Gardens in the Barnyard Shopping Village. Succulent Gardens quickly developed a following and became more than a boutique, it became a place for people to relax and enjoy themselves while on a shopping excursion.
Robin stopped growing succulent plants in 1985, but in 2003, after 18 years away from growing, Robin opened a new location in Castroville, California and began growing succulents all over again. The new location, referred to as Succulent Gardens the Growing Grounds, is only 25 minutes away from the Barnyard location and is quite large with over two acres. Its success has been far reaching. In the short time the Castroville location has been open, Robin and his plants have received numerous awards and has been the subject of articles in many newspapers (Monterey Herald, Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose Mercury), magazines (Sunset, Garden Design, Pacific Coast Nurseryman), radio and TV. The nursery is considered the “candy shop” by professional designers and succulent enthusiasts and because of Robin’s expertise, the demand is high for plants from Succulent Gardens the Growing Grounds.
With this success, Robin wanted to “get back to his roots” and focus on growing and developing his succulent nursery, but after 29 years in the Barnyard Shopping Village he was concerned for his fellow merchants in the center.
The opportunity to work with Beau and Thompson Lange of Homescapes Carmel as they take over the Succulent Gardens space has made it possible for Robin to feel secure that he is leaving the Barnyard community with a new tenant that will make the Succulent Gardens space even more beautiful and dynamic.
For more information about Succulent Gardens the Growing Grounds, please visit www.sgcarmel.com