I learned at an early age to appreciate all the beauty that grew in my grandmother’s garden.  With a childhood of summers spent with my beloved Gramma, we grew everything from beautiful Gerber daisies to Beefsteak tomatoes.  Many happy times & memories go back to Gramma’s garden during that special time in my life.

Now I continue to develop my love of the garden and I’ve turned my interests to succulents. Many years ago I was given a gift of a jade plant and it’s still growing today along with many other succulent varieties in my at-home greenhouse.  Succulents endure through difficult and even neglectful circumstances and still seem to thrive with an amazing will to live.  I’ve has come to appreciate these very resourceful plants.



After spending many years experimenting with container plantings in my own personal garden and at the insistent urging of our family and friends, In 2012, I started my new busines “Succulent Designs of Vilano”. So far, the Jacksonville – St. Augustine – Orlando – Savannah – Fernandina Beach area art and farmer’s markets have been successful outlets for fun, profit and meeting new like-minded folks.  I’m always open to new venues to sell my designs.

13680252_10208336520682015_7316116875253487110_oMy husband, Barry, and I share our home in Vilano Beach, FL with our tribe of four Jack Russell Terriers, three cats and several dozen goldfish.  While continuing to develop new ideas and designs in my new and improved greenhouse, I like to work with my limited knowledge of photography.  I love to travel whenever I can to meet new friends who share my love of succulents and music.



” It thrills me when folks compliment my work.  

I’m doing what I like to do and sharing with people who are also

interested in the succulents I love. What could be better?”

Lydia Dunaway, 2012