urbansucculents

Urban Gardening With Succulents in Beautiful Vancouver, BC


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I apologize for my Houdini act

Hey,

Sorry it has been over a month since I posted last! I have realized I fell off the blog earth right after I finished by final exams at UBC.  The next morning I jumped on a flight to Oahu to go spend a month volunteering for a non-profit organization called Surfing the Nations and a week later flew out to visit family in Denver.  After experiencing an adventurous start to a beautiful four month summer (I love University), here I am now, back in Vancouver, working at the garden store and as of yesterday launched kendal designs! 

I have always been slightly obsessed with the concept of creating and having people love my designs enough they admire them (or purchase them!).  Having gone to a visual arts school for high school, admiring the art work of other students in my class was a common practice (many of whom are still pursuing the arts at schools such as Emily Carr).   I was fortunate to be inspired by some pretty talented students back in high school and have always wanted to continue to create.  

Since I can remember, I have always been drawn to both art and nature and a conversation with the head of my high school arts program has always haunted me.  When I was in grade 11 I made the decision to drop the film class I was taking to take biology 11 (I was stoked because bio 11 was focused on plants and animals).  The head of my program was choked that I was replacing a heavily art based course with an science course.  The conversation basically entailed that I was making a mistake choosing the “academic” science path as opposed to the visual arts design path he envisioned me following.  This conversation has surprisingly haunted me because I felt as though it was a choice between visual arts and studying science/art at UBC.  This was shattered a few days ago when I got accepted to the forestry program at UBC I have been dreaming about and launched kendal designs! 

This day to me truly symbolized the mixing of two worlds that in reality where never separate.  Having a passion and flair for the arts only benefits any area you explore and/or work in and vice versa.  I could not be more ecstatic about my little local design company that so far is all about creating terrariums and the fact that I can finally chant “wood is good” at UBC and take countless conservation and forestry courses!  

Here are a few photos of my new creations for kendal designs! Instagram: kendaldesigns

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Dinosaur Terrariums

Hello!

I had the best day soaking up some vitamin D and thought I would share one of my favourite DIY projects, terrariums! My two terrariums make me giggle constantly (this is a result of me changing the position of the dinos so they look like they are snacking on my succulents or cacti).  They didn’t take long to make and they are a great addition to any space (it is almost like having a miniature world within a room).  These are the simple steps to creating a teeny ecosystem.

1)   Get your hands on some plants! These can be succulents and cacti (require very little water and attention) or mosses and other tropical (these will thrive in a moist environment)

2)   Find some fun containers. These can range from fishbowls to wine glasses anything will do (thrift stores are the place to pick these up for a steal)

3)   Potting soil and sand.  I first mixed potting soil with sand to help with the drainage (succulents and cacti hate their roots being wet) and added more sand to the top (this made it look pretty as well)

4)   Spice it up! I used rocks I found at the beach (make sure to boil them to get rid of the salt water before placing them in your terrarium if you do so).  My final addition has been my two dinos! I picked them up a whole bag of them at the thrift store for 99 cents. They are the best!

This project is great because each one has such a unique personality! They make great gifts and are extremely low maintenance.  These guys have been going strong for close to a month now and I barley water them.  About once a week I mist them with my spray bottle.  I have mine in my window and they seem content.  If you have any questions please ask or if you create your own I would love to see them 🙂ImageImage

Happy planting!

  

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