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Laura Balaoro


Sunday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Sunday after the Succulent Celebration, I'm hosting a very special brunch featuring succulent superstar Laura Balaoro, who will delight you with a hat-decorating demo. You'll also savor a luscious (dare I say succulent?) catered brunch, and I'll take you around my own personal, half-acre succulent-showplace.* This final spring event in my garden is shaping up to be a fun, friendly, not-to-be-missed celebration!

Space is extremely limited. Reservations are first-come, first-served and close May 30. Email me for details.

Psst! That afternoon, come with us to the big Cactus & Succulent Society Show in San Diego's Balboa Park.

About Laura Balaoro ~ San Jose Master Gardener, garden designer and workshop instructor Laura Balaoro has a large and lovely garden that incorporates a wide variety of succulents in eye-catching combinations.

Laura's Garden

I know few people so dedicated to helping others appreciate and grow succulents. Laura teaches classes on propagation, writes an informative blog, and founded Facebook's Succulent Fanatics group (now with nearly 13,000 members worldwide). But perhaps my favorite thing about Laura, creatively speaking, is the flair and style with which she decorates hats.

Laura Balaoro hat

Above: Laura glued sphagnum moss to a hat brim, then glued succulent cuttings to the moss. Amazingly, they were fine in full sun during the two-day Succulent Extravaganza. Afterwards, Laura placed the hat in bright shade and spritzed the plants occasionally. They looked fine for months! Included are Aeonium 'Kiwi', Sedum 'Angelina', Crassula perforata 'Variegata', Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora', and Sedum 'Tricolor'.

Recently Laura came to my garden to do a hat-decorating shoot with top garden photographer Ed Gohlich. The article will be in one of Better Homes & Gardens' special interest publications---stay tuned for details!

Laura Balaoro
Ed Gohlich positions Laura's hands for a photo.

Marialuisa's Succulent Bouquets in BH&G
Timed perfectly for Mother's Day and June weddings, now on newstands nationwide is my article featuring San Diego floral designer Marialuisa Kaprielian of Succulently Urban. Below are a few of my photos from the day of the shoot. (I expedited the shoot and wrote the article; Ed Gohlich photographed it.) The cover is at left.

MariaLuisa KaprielianAbove: Marialuisa combines dried flowers with succulents for pops of color. Although fresh flowers are lovely with succulents, dry material obviously lasts a LOT longer. Such bouquets need no water and look fabulous for weeks, even months. Best of all, when you're done with a succulent bouquet, you can plant it!

Succulents have been good to MariaLuisa, who ships her arrangements nationwide--often with the help of her teenaged triplet sons. (!) This YouTube video I made of her bouquet technique has had nearly 18,000 views~

MariaLuisa Kaprielian video

More Fun and Informative Events in My Garden ~ Email me for details and to reserve a space.
Presenters, Debra's Events
Sat., May 9, 9:00 to 11 a.m. Mother's Day Succulent Bouquet Workshop. $175. Two spaces left.
Fri., May 15, Perfect Plant-Pot Pairings workshop with Designer Diana Clark. $195/person.
Fri., May 22, Create a Succulent Sconce workshop with Potter Marsha Rafter. $195/person.
Sat., May 23, 9 to 11 a.m. Intimate Tour of Debra Lee Baldwin's Garden.* $125/person.

*My garden is 45 minutes northeast of downtown San Diego in the community of Hidden Meadows. At all events, I'll take you around the garden, answer your questions, serve delicious refreshments, and make you feel so pampered, you'll purr! Email me to reserve a space...or two. Come with and/or treat a dear gardening pal!

Debra's own garden

Why not make a weekend of it? Request my list of San Diego Succulent Destinations

Succulent books

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