Valentina Lucena is a succulent and cacti lover. She is the owner of Living Décor Charlotte, and will be setting up shop at Hippie Fest on April 22 at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Here are some words from Valentina:
"Oddly enough my passion didn't begin at an early age. During my childhood my mother only had one houseplant and I paid it no attention...
It all began three years ago at a flea market in South Carolina. I purchased a small green spiky succulent and brought it home. I was given the instructions to water it once a week. Simple enough, right? So that's what I did and low and behold it began to bud. Every morning before work I went out on my porch to check on it until it finally bloomed. It was the sweetest little yellow bloom. It seemed symbolic to me at the time and felt as if that was the succulents way of saying thank you. I then began to collect different types of succulents and discovered all different types of blooms. The obsession came quite naturally. I then was challenged to make my first succulent wreath. It took me several hours and a lot of patience. The results were inspiring! I wanted to make different types of arrangements using all the plants I love and share them with everyone. I managed to get my own succulent greenhouse and started growing the "raw material" myself. It was a rough journey learning the ropes without a mentor or a succulent expert but the books, online articles, growers in California, and good old trial and error made it possible. Now I design arrangements using over 100 succulents and cacti. My arrangements vary from sphagnum moss wreaths to small wedding favors. I provide living home decor that gives people a chance to let love grow. My gardens are all handmade. Each arrangement has it’s own personality and style."
Don't miss Valentina and her gorgeous succulent gardens at Hippie Fest - Charlotte, NC on Earth Day :D Interested in participating as a vendor? Registration is easy at HippieFest.org/Vendor-Registration