Some Sunny Succulents

Christene Gilbert, owner of Sun Worshipper Succulents in Belleville, is the guest speaker at the next Tweed Hort meeting on April 2, 7 p.m. at the Tweed Library.

Christene tells us a bit of her story here:

My earliest memory of gardening involved “harvesting” stones from my parents’ potato field. Luckily that didn’t sway me from the love of flowers too.

About 20 years ago I opened Common Scents Garden Consultation where I grew annuals and hardy perennials in my 20X40foot greenhouse. Most plant businesses engage in other winter services in order to have a year-round income. That wasn’t something I wanted to do.  I met my husband, sold the greenhouse and went back to school and obtained my medical office administration diploma. I worked in the healthcare field for many years, but something was missing. I no longer enjoyed the commuting to Kingston for work and longed for plants back in my life. We had downsized to a 2-bedroom apartment and without a yard I fell hard for the small, easy-care succulents that I sell today. The fact that I hate everything “winter” related was the inspiration to name my business Sun Worshipper Succulents.

My past experience includes:

Former Master Gardener- Quinte/Tweed

Past president of the Belleville Garden Club.

Multiple speaking engagements including presentations to both public school and secondary schools, as well as area horticultural groups.

Owner of Sun Worshipper Succulents which I opened on November 6, 2020 which is where you will find me Wednesdays through Sundays 10-5. 

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