The Phoenix Garden Party

Saturday's Garden Party was so much fun! The Home Depot is hosting these #SpringMadeSimple events all over the country this month and next, where you can come and meet with a local blogger and learn about gardening from an expert.  I was in charge of the pot-painting table at Phoenix's Garden Party, and it was a blast to get to chat with local readers and do a little crafting. We used Sharpie paint pens to decorate little terracotta pots before planting them with succulents.

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Our gardening expert talked to us about how to keep succulents alive and happy and he shared how to make these really cool raised beds planted with SALSA ingredients!! Genius. He also whipped up that stack of pots in about five minutes flat by stringing the pots on a dowel through the drainage holes. I thought that was pretty clever.

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This is Jim, our gardening expert and all-around nice guy. He said succulents like to be flooded and then dried out. So rather than watering them on a schedule (like you might do with other houseplants), it's best to stick your finger in the succulent's soil and if it's completely dry for a knuckle or two, the plant is probably ready to be flooded again. Interesting, right?

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Jim was a wealth of gardening knowledge and was so fun to chat with while doodling on my pot. I went with a sort of marbelized pattern using my Sharpie paint pens. Those things are pretty amazing, btw. Have you tried them yet?

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Michael and the girls came by toward the very end of the event and the girls jumped right in with coloring and planting.

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Evie would have made a hundred pots if we had let her. She was totally in her element.

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This was right as she was telling me about what she was going to draw on her third pot.

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And this was right after I told her that two pots was plenty. #devastated

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It was a really fun event. Thanks to The Home Depot for inviting me to host, and a BIG thanks to those of you that came out for the party - especially those of you that drove almost an hour from across the Valley. Nicest readers ever. :)

To sign up for the Home Depot's Garden club (which has all sorts of tips and tricks and ideas for gardeners of all skill levels), head on over here. PS I learned at the event that signing up for the Garden Club is the one of the only ways to get coupons to the Home Depot.  :)


Unknown said...

Fun! Potted citrus trees also do well when they're soaked and then dried out. I got the sweetest and juiciest lemons doing that!

Joanna said...

Looks like fun! I have to say I always love seeing posts that involve your family. Your girls are just TOO cute!

Justine said...

Your family is so cute! Looks like a fun day and thanks for the tips about the succulents.

Maurie said...

I have been following your amazing blog for forever and am thrilled to see the girls you have been talking about. They are as adorable as their mother. I love your doodled clay pots and the long planter of succulents is incredible; it gives me an idea! I am in awe of your God-given talent and creativity! Keep up the inspiring!

Sarah Thorne said...

Love the picture of your precious family! You guys are too cute. I've been following your blog for so long, just want to say I appreciate it!

Kelly said...

You have a beautiful family! Thanks for the pot 'painting' tips!

Naz said...

Now if only the temperature goes above 50 then perhaps I'll feel that spring has arrived. Great tips and beautiful family picture.

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

My kids were trying to bring home african violets from HD this past weekend! I think some pot painting will be in store for our house soon! Looks like a fun event and love your pot design!

Lily L-M said...

My face would've been JUST like Evie's if you tried to stop me from making another one! too cute!

xo Lily

Robin Boyko said...

Hi Jenny, it was so nice to meet you on Saturday! I couldn't believe how I lucked out that you were at the Home Depot right by my house. Yay! The garden experts were great. Now if I can just keep my roses alive...

Julia Konya said...

Love all those succulents

kba22 said...

Jenn, so glad for all your success.
Your family is beautiful.

Chelsea Marie said...

I have seen so much of my sister in Evie since the post about when she was born and this just confirms it. I was the older sis who wouldn't have really cared about planting a succulent but my sister was ALL OVER "grown up stuff" like that from a young age. Wish I could have met you! I'm not to far from there. Count me in on the next event you go to! :)

Adrienne said...

My daughter and I had a great time at the Garden Party. Loved meeting and chatting with you. You are very lovely and so creative. P.S. Looking forward to a post from the shopping adventure you took after the Garden Party.

laura Madalene said...

What a beautiful garden! Our black thumbs are envious of your gift of gardening... We especially love Helen's lovely floral portraits which showcase every bloom at its best. This issue of Southern Living is a keeper!
your outdoor garden

Trisha Toelstedt said...

What a great idea & it looks like it was a wildly successful garden party ~ thanks for the tips on caring for succulents, too!

Yuko Jones said...

What a fun idea to decorate the pots with sharpie paint pens. The best part of this post is your little pumpkin, Evie. Her facial expressions are so precious that I just want to give her a big hug! She might become a master designer/gardener in the future!

Create, Cook, de Corazon said...

Jenny, it was so fun to have met you! Jeannine & I were thrilled! The home depot knows how to be a great host!
I loved potting the cutest succulent!
Thank you Jenny & Homedepot! Please host more fun parties!!

Gwen, The Makerista said...

Looks fun! Loved seeing a picture of you with your family. The girls are so grown up!


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