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Bloomberg Newsletter: Succulents are "Stylish"

Bloomberg article

View the entire Bloomberg article. My Sunset editor commented, "I think the writer's mention that succulents are having 'a moment in the sun' is a bit amusing. Succulents are the new essentials!"

Jeanne Meadow's garden

What Bloomberg DIDN'T Say...and Should Have

The reporter asked if I knew a CA homeowner who had replaced grass with succulents, so I suggested retired corporate exec Jeanne Meadow of Fallbrook, and provided photos of her world-class succulent garden (see above). Jeanne has been researching CA's water crisis with no agenda other than to raise public awareness, and is a respected, nonbiased authority.

"I've been to the dams and seen how little water is left," Jeanne says. "There's almost no snowpack for the first time ever. Southern CA's water allotment from Northern CA sources has been as little as 5% of what was contracted, because they just don't have it. We can draw on the Colorado River and lakes, but wells are going dry due to the draining of underground aquifers."

Even if future winters bring heavy rain, these aquifers "of which many are reported to be down to fossil water," Jeanne says, "won't be renewed, at least not in our lifetimes. It took thousands, if not millions of years to fill them."

The worst-case scenario might not be far off: As cities that once were supported by aquifers sink into empty caverns, the infrastructure is damaged. Similar to a severe earthquake, gas and water pipes break. Sewer systems and septic tanks, both of which require water to function, fail, resulting in a multitude of possible diseases and food-borne illnesses. 

In East Porterville, CA, where many wells have dried up, residents whose sewer and septic systems no longer function properly have had Porta-Potties placed in their driveways.

"If you ask the State for information, they send out thousand-page documents. Who has time to read all that?" Jeanne asks. She does, and has started a blog, Thedirtonwater.com, in order to provide CA residents "bite-sized pieces of information that they can understand, and that will help them make decisions based on the facts."

In a rationing situation, who should get the water? Farmers? Homeowners? Dare we let trees and landscapes die? What about the fire risk? Yes, of course install plants that store water (i.e. succulents), if available.  Ironically, the State is planning to require growers of succulents to cut back, along with other nurseries.

This is a complicated issue. But the way it stands now, if you live in California, in the coming days you should expect to hear from your local water company about mandatory cutbacks---and penalties that can run into the thousands of dollars if you fail to comply.

For more info, email Jeanne, go to Thedirtonwater.com or visit the website of your local water provider.


Sign Up for Fun and Informative Events in My Garden
Diana Clark

Email Debra to register, or if an event is sold out, to be on the waiting list ~

Fri., May 8, 9 to noon. Brunch, Tour and Succulent Bouquet Workshop. $175. SOLD OUT.
Sat., May 9, 9 to noon. Brunch, Tour, and Succulent Bouquet Workshop. $175.
Fri., May 15, 10 to 2. Brunch, Tour and Perfect Plant-Pot Pairings Workshop with Designer Diana Clark. $195.
Fri., May 22, Brunch, Tour and Succulent Sconce Workshop with Ceramic Artist Marsha Rafter. $195.
Sat., May 23, 9 to 12. Brunch and Intimate Tour of Debra Lee Baldwin's Garden. $125.

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“Thank you for opening your beautiful home and garden to all of us. It was a joy to see you again, meet your husband, your cute little dog Lily and all of the other kind "like minded" attendees. Truly I can not say thank you enough for providing such a wonderful afternoon, between your kindness, the delicious refreshments, your garden tour... my day was full and delightful.” – Sandra Palmer

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! Bring Mom or a gardening pal. Email Debra to reserve a space.

Debra's own garden

Why not make a weekend of it? Request Debra's list of San Diego Succulent Destinations

Succulent books

My upcoming Presentations -- Mark Your Calendar!

~Sat., May 2, 9 a.m., Roger's Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona Del Mar, CA.
View a YouTube video of one of my earlier presentations at Roger's Gardens.

~Fri.-Sat., Jun 5-6, Succulent Celebration at Waterwise Botanicals Nursery, Escondido, CA.
View a YouTube video of one of my earlier Succulent Celebration presentations.

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