Richmond gardener Johnny Tai’s “open garden” exhibition will be back this September, showcasing the beauty of succulents and cacti to the public.
Tai, who spent the past few years hosting a free show featuring thousands of succulents in his backyard, told the Richmond News that he has been overwhelmed with dozens of phone calls from people asking if the exhibition is going on this year.
“Some people told us that they couldn’t wait anymore, especially as the pandemic that put a halt on last year’s exhibition. So they are in dire need of having something to look forward to right now,” said Tai, adding that hopefully, succulents can lift them.
Succulent plants can withstand harsh conditions and they can survive anywhere, especially in areas where most plants are struggling to thrive, explained Tai, noting that succulents are used as a symbol of strong love.
“Although they don’t seem as charming as other plants in some ways, the fact that they can survive everywhere gives us hope and encourages us to stay strong and happy, especially during the pandemic,” said Tai.
“Believe it or not, they are the reason that keeps me feeling so fulfilled and motivated, even at the age of 78.”
The exhibition will be open to the public on Sept. 12 at 12300 Woodhead Rd. Visitors can safely walk the self-guided exhibit while adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks.