Snake plants tipped in red felt were in the works for two years. Photography courtesy of NorthPark Center.

The holiday landscaping at NorthPark Center is worth a trip for gardeners who want to see some rare treats, according to organizers. The people behind the display are consultant Judy Cunningham, William “Billy” Roberts of Nomad Studio, landscape manager Alice Goss and NorthPark owner Nancy A. Nasher.

Most unusual are snake plants tipped in red felt. You can see 800 of these sansevieria planted at NorthPark. Cunningham said it took two years to obtain the felt-tipped plants. A machine coats the tips of young individual stalks, which are then potted, according to the NorthPark communications team. Because sansevieria grows from its base, the felt tip remains unchanged as the plant grows. You can see some in front of A|X Armani Exchange.

Also new this year: the Red Amaryllis. About 200 of the waxy red bulbs are blooming in front of Sam Edelman and other stores.

Here’s a look at other plants by the numbers:

  • 2,500 poinsettias
  • 709 spruce trees
  • 180 holly bushes
  • thousands of pine cones, including 12-inch sugar pine cones, the largest in the world.


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