An array of agaves including Agave angustifolia (top) and A. victoriae-reginae (centre)Now he collects, makes and organizes containers in a unique way that combines the eye of an artist and delicate coordination. He will set one bowl inside another to represent a mountain; explore the endless planting opportunities of rocks; and even use a brick with a small depression to create a landscape of diminutive sempervivums. A lot of alpines love places where they can get their roots behind a rock for warmth and drainage, so Parker will glue a few flat rocks together to re-create the crevices that occur in naturally eroded strata. ?I compose them first. And then put them in a container. It?s much like composing a drawing on paper, except you?re doing it with plants and stone.?

An array of agaves including Agave angustifolia (top) and A. victoriae-reginae (centre).