Some people ask me how I got into collecting air plants. It all started about a year ago when we moved to a new place. The style of the home is modern and I wanted to fill it with a fresh style. I loved the new Jungalow look but wanted an even fresher more modern approach.
Googler that I am, I started researching plants. To my delight, I found that there were many species of Tillandsia outside of what I had seen at Home Depot! Big, small, leafy, furry, green, grey - even red! I did a search on local air plant sellers and found Cuffel Farms in San Diego. The shop owner, Andy, had a beautiful assortment of air plants and also plenty of knowledge to share! A friendship was born! And I took home my first Tillandsia!
Now for the pairing. How to display these little cuties? I began sourcing different types of beautiful wood, starting with manzanita slab. I was somewhat familiar the bush/tree native to the Southern California desert and I liked the idea of using a local resource. So I went ahead and purchased a few slabs and began a trial and error process of sanding and finishing. The beauty of the grain!
The rest is history. And now I love finding new ways to display this beautiful genus of plants! Stay tuned!