Visit to APEX crevice garden, Arvada, Colorado

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Lee Recca
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Visit to APEX crevice garden, Arvada, Colorado

Hello, NARGS members! I am a new member and am looking forward to meeting everybody in Steamboat. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the crevice garden designed and installed by Kenton Seth at the APEX center in Arvada, Colorado. At the time of its inception, it was the largest crevice garden in North America, at more than 1,000 sq ft, involving placement of some 60 tons of stone. Here are a few photos I took, and my companion, Bob Nold, will post others.

 

 

NB. Edited by forum moderator (Lori) - I clicked on "Insert" for each uploaded photo, so that the photos can be enlarged for viewing.  :-)

Lori S.
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Cool!  What is the first one that has both leaves and spines?  That's a very cute baby Joshua tree.  Looking forward to more photos from DBG!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lee Recca
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Lori, that is Maihuenia poeppigii, from Patagonia.

Lee Recca

Whyer
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Interesting construction. Searching online for more photos this seems to be a natural looking rock garden more than a crevice garden, if I compare it to Montreal etc. Don't know if there is an actual definition of a "crevice garden".

Brian

Lori S.
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Lee Recca wrote:

Lori, that is Maihuenia poeppigii, from Patagonia.

Oh, nice!  I thought it might be (that genus, anyway)... but then reflected on how little I know of cacti and succulents and figured I'd keep my mouth shut, LOL!  

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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I love Maihuenia!

John Weiser sent me some M. poeppigii cuttings, and they seemed to love our Minnesota summer, but winters I haven't figured out for my climate.  They seem to do best covered over outside compared to the fridge, but I think it's just too cold.  Trying again....

 

Maihuenia poeppigii

               

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Some, or at least one, of the local experts have been growing Maihuenia outdoors here successfully - in Zone 3, Calgary, that is. 

A couple of photos of Maihuenia poeppigii (or at least Maihuenia, if not that species?) from the garden of one of the said experts:

  

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Cockcroft
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Betty Lowry grew Maihuenia in her Renton garden and had potted up 3 plants that I have now.  I will try them outside in my scree this spring.  Our wet winters might be more harmful than the cold, so I plan to hold at least one plant back under cover.

Maihuenia poeppigii and Maihuenia patagonica in Patagonia

Maihuenia poeppigii in Patagonia  Maihuenia patagonica in Patagonia

Claire Cockcroft
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

Mark McD
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When I lived in Bellevue Washington for 4 years back in the 1980s, I grew Maiheunia poeppigii out in the open, unprotected from rain, planted in a raised sand bed, where it grew vigorously and increased in size quickly; I think it just needs really good drainage. Can't remember now where I got it, perhaps from Betty Lowry.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

penstemon
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The little yucca is indeed a Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia, probably var. jaegeriana. 

The cactus is Maihuenia poeppigii, as Lee said. I talked to Kenton after seeing this amazing garden and he said it needed more plants. And that I could plant things in the garden. 

 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

RickR
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Claire, is that snow in your second pic?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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