The dazzling Kifumi Keppler, Japanese-born and Sacramento-native for more than 50 years, displays her passion for the natural forms of life at her “Swig and Dig Mounted Staghorn Fern” workshop this January. The event takes place at Kepplers’ business HQ (1525 Fulton Ave.), where she’s scheduled to showcase her inventive wall ornament—fern sprawled across corkboard. Having studied ikebana—the Japanese art of flower arrangement—during her youth, Keppler has perfected the art of floral-inspired designs and services since 1972 when she opened Exotic Plants on Broadway. Following the shop’s inception, she’s bounced between Freeport Boulevard, Alta Arden Boulevard and Howe Boulevard before finding her current home for bonsais, succulents, orchids and plenty more. Founding her company with the goal of supplying the Sacramento region with live plants and accompanying services, her newly found passion, “moss art,” as well the natural fertilizer made from sea kelp that she sells, shows the evolutionary nature of a calming soul that’s looking to inspire fellow artists and plant lovers at this BYOB event. Choose from two crafting sizes—small ($40) or large ($50)—and register for this Wednesday, Jan. 22 (6–8 p.m.) event. For more information, visit

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 11 of issue #309 (Jan. 15 – 29, 2020)**