ST. PETERSBURG — Jamie O’Berry’s favorite book as a child was The Secret Garden. As an adult living in a small blue house with a big back yard, she has a secret garden of her own.
Inside reside about 3,000 succulents and cacti.
There are succulents growing inside plastic dinosaurs and unicorns. Succulents hanging from a line that stretches the length of the yard. Succulents in teacups, in wine corks. There are ones in a glass Dutch shoe, a porcelain cat, a lantern, and a tiny dolphin.
There are some filling large pots and some with months left to grow out. There’s the prickly ones, the purple ones and the ones that resemble a string of pearls. There are the ones you should keep outside and the ones you can keep on your office desk.
There are so many that O’Berry, 34, loses track of her inventory. What started as a side project in 2010 eventually became a full-time job: People love succulents, and O’Berry, along with help from her father, delivers.