Zenaida Sengo–horticulturalist. author. designer. maker

Zenaida is the author of “Air Plants the Curious World of Tillandsias”, a horticulture and design book focusing on bringing unique plants in and around the home. Her styling, succulent and epiphyte expertise has appeared in both Sunset Magazine and Garden Design Magazine and The New York Times.  She brought her mix of desert style from her California and Philippine roots and focuses on bringing textures and warmth into spaces with pottery and textiles. With her bachelors and MFA in fine art, she brings a uniquely artful  approach to designing beautiful spaces. Zenaida is currently residing in Moab, UT devoting herself to designing within a harsher desert climate, concentrating on ways to still grow interesting low water plants, and add sculpture into difficult desert gardens.  Her research and design is part of her next book project on cacti and high-desert gardening and ecological living. She makes her own planters and sculpture locally and her studio and cactus shop is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm; Thursdays and Fridays from 6-9pm at 1360 Highway 191 above and affiliated with Desert Sun Ceramics. If you’d like to make an appt. to guarantee Zenaida at the studio, email zsengodesign@gmail.com otherwise all sales can be acquired through Barb, owner and operator of Desert Sun Ceramics. (ceramic studio memberships also available)

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  1. Georgette Tufts

    Hey! your book Air Plants in one of the first books I bought. I’m sure you have seen some vendors selling tillandsia that have been painted and dyed different colors to make the impression that they would be budding soon. I was upset when I found out my plants were painted. I’m personally not a fan of the painted ones.

    I’m running this blog as a hobby that just talks about my experiences as a new tillandsia enthusiast.

    My question to you is weather or not the painting or dying of the plants are harmful to the plant. Can it really become a detriment to the plants by inhibiting their abitlity to draw moisture from the air?

    Thanks so much. I’d really appreciate your thoughts and expertise.

    • Hi I’m sorry I’m just finding your comment/inquiry so I”m late to reply to this. I too find the dying unfortunate. However I’ve known it to happen with little consequence to the health of the plant. I don’t know enough about what is used in the dying process to speculate, but I would estimate, that with some synthetic chemical sprays and especially thicker paints, that it would inhibit the plants normal ability to draw in moisture and photosynthesize. But that’s just my opinion, I’d have no way to know for sure without trying it myself, and that’s just something I’d never do! I appreciate your concern for your plants and your dedication to informing yourself and others. Keep it up!

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