Exotic Plants hosts ‘Swig & Dig’ workshop for couples; singles welcome, too
Create a beautiful succulent heart wreath that will last for years. (Photo courtesy
N & R Publications)
Need an idea for Valentine’s Day? Here’s a sweet idea: Succulent hearts!
Exotic Plants, Sacramento’s popular indoor gardening store, is hosting “Swig & Dig Date Night” on Friday, Feb. 11. The project will be succulent heart wreaths, offered in two sizes.
It’s a perfect pre-Valentine date for gardening couples. Make a heart-shaped succulent wreath that will look great for many Valentine's Days to come. Or make one on your own to give – or to keep.
Tickets include the wreath frame, planting medium, moss and succulents. Plus enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks.
The workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $65 (small wreath) for one person; $100 (small wreath) for two people; and $150 (large wreath) for two people.
Make reservations now on eventbrite.com: https://bit.ly/34z8hpA . Seating will be limited to allow for social distancing. Face masks will be required.
Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. More details: www.exoticplantsltd.com or call 916-922-4769.
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