Founded in 2013 by two recent graduates of University of North Carolina-Wilmington, The Coastal Succulent is a design studio specializing in handcrafted, one of a kind succulent interiorscapes. Our main focus are terrariums, potted arrangements, and installations available for all occasions. From weddings and gifts, to home gardens, we offer a wide array of modern succulent landscapes both large and small.

Based out of Wrightsville Beach NC, The Coastal Succulent is available from multiple retail partners throughout the state and online. Working as a “green” company, we make huge efforts to operate as an environmentally friendly production by recycling materials such as soil, plants, and shipping materials. Combining both modern designs and inspiration from the coast, our creations bring together elements from nature such as sand, river rock, and driftwood.

Brandon Mckeown Creative Director & Founder

Growing up on the outskirts of Washington DC, Brandon relocated to Wilmington, NC over 10 years ago to obtain a bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina-WIlmington. As a child, his mother was an avid gardener passing along a love for growing, propagating, and caring for all different types of plants. He especially grew found of her succulent rock gardens, thus blossoming his love for these distinctive plants.

After traveling abroad, Brandon rediscovered his love for succulents in a new setting after a trip to southern California. Inspired by modern, western landscapes, the idea to create an innovative business in an environment where succulents were little know was born. Creatively, Brandon is responsible for bringing a unique vision where Pacific Coast gardening meets the Atlantic shores.

Thurston Pope Business Affairs & Founder

Born and raised in southeastern NC, Thurston graduated from University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a bachelor of arts degree, and immediately found himself working locally in the world of TV and film where he connected with a myriad of industry professionals. Years later while visiting these friends in L.A., a business idea based on his discovery of the area’s prevalent succulent plant was born.

An entrepreneur since a young age, Thurston envisioned creating a company fusing nautical, coastal elements with these desert natives in hopes of captivating a new audience, many of who had never seen succulents. Attention to detail keeps Thurston’s focus on business and development within Coastal Succulent, as does his love of of travel and pursuing a Masters’ degree at UNCW.


The Coastal Succulent’s mission is to provide one of kind, exceptionally handcrafted succulent designs for all occasions. We strive to create a positive experience for each unique customer and are committed to meeting even the highest of expectations. Environmental awareness is a priority throughout our company where we make huge strides to recycle and reuse many items within our creations and create as little impact as possible.

Providing interiorscapes for events such as wedding arrangements, fundraisers, gifts, centerpieces, and custom creations, we work to make each and every distinct product transcendent from the next, giving our customers something to treasure for years to come.