To plan an event or for more information, please contact Debra Lee Baldwin, Sunwriter7@cox.net.
Garden photojournalist and author Debra Lee
Baldwin shows how to use sculptural succulents to add beauty,
sophistication and whimsy to gardens and outdoor living spaces.
Presentations are one hour (45-50 minutes plus Q&A).
Before and after, Debra is available to meet attendees and sign books.
Designing with Succulents. Digital slide presentation. As Debra explains how to cultivate succulents ranging from ground covers to tall trees, you'll discover how succulents offer colors, textures and forms certain to inspire your creativity. She also shows what's new and exciting with architectural, geometric and stylish "plants that drink responsibly." Included are ideas for low-maintenance, easy-care gardens and landscapes; container arrangements perfect for patios, entryways and decks; and suggestions for great-looking, design-oriented projects anyone can do.
Succulent Container Gardens. You recognize appealing potted combos when you see them, but do you know why some have more polish, sophistication and pizazz? As Debra shows the work of acclaimed succulent floral designers, she demystifies their techniques and plant choices, and explains how their work illustrates fundamental design principles. Regardless of your skill level or style preferences, you'll gain greater confidence as you discover how to create succulent container gardens perfect for patios, entryways, and bright indoor areas---and to give as gifts.
Succulent Garden Solutions. Debra shows before-and-after photos of garden vignettes and landscapes that have been enhanced with succulents, gives plant selection and design suggestions, and explains the seasonal maintenance succulent gardens need. Container gardening is included. Primarily for Southern and coastal CA gardeners from the Bay Area south.
Plant Show-and-Tell. Ideal for nurseries. Debra introduces various types of succulents, discusses their care, and describes what makes each interesting and unique. May be piggybacked onto a digital slide presentation and/or followed by a potting demo.
Potting Demo. Debra demonstrates how to create a lovely succulent container garden or bouquet. May be combined with a digital slide presentation and/or plant show-and-tell. View a YouTube video of one of Debra's potting demos at Roger's Gardens nursery, Orange County, CA.
A SLIDE SHOW requires a digital projector, screen, microphone and darkened room, plus a table and chairs for the book signing.
A PLANT SHOW-AND-TELL OR POTTING DEMO can be done outdoors, and requires a work table, a clip-on microphone, separate table for the book signing, and supplies (nursery plants, pots, soil, water, etc.).
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored the Timber Press bestsellers Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Debra's half-acre garden near San Diego has been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune and Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens, and San Diego Home/Garden, among other publications. She specializes in showing how to use architectural, waterwise and easy-care succulents in a wide variety of appealing and creative applications.
Debra's perspective on design was fine-tuned as a scout for Sunset magazine, and consequently she acquired what she calls "the Sunset aesthetic.” It’s evident in everything she shows in her books, newsletters, videos and presentations. The title "Queen of Succulents" was bestowed on her by Sunset Garden Editor Kathleen Brenzel at the magazine's Sunset Weekend Celebration, where she and "King of Succulents" Robin Stockwell of Succulent Gardens Nursery (home of the annual Succulent Extravaganza) shared the limelight.
According to Australian nurseryman and author Attila Kapitany, in his address to the biennial convention of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America, "The growing interest in succulents among the gardening public in the US can be attributed primarily to one person: Debra Lee Baldwin."
"You received many accolades at our board meeting for your presentation. There were over 400 people there, an all-time record. It will go down as one of the most memorable evenings. What you are doing is magic." ~ Judy Bradley, events chairperson, San Diego Horticultural Society
"Presentation was superb...Very articulate, interesting, humorous and enthusiastic...Great speaker--best of the day--I never wanted succulents before but I now have a list to incorporate into my garden...Lively and dynamic speaker. Beautiful photos, relevant subject...Great slideshow--didn't want it to end...Loved it--we need more classes like this...Bring her back!" ~ Attendees at the UCCE Master Gardeners spring symposium
"Debra Lee Baldwin and her books have lit up the gardening world." ~ Ron Vanderhoff, nursery manager, Roger's Gardens, Orange County, CA
"Debra, you have given so much and have so much more to give. If there is any one thing I am convinced of about you, it is that while you have been a force in helping and motivating people to be adventurous with succulent plants, you are uniquely you...a writer, teacher, artist and more." ~ Robin Stockwell, owner, Succulent Gardens Nursery, Castroville, CA
Debra is a popular guest on garden radio shows from coast to coast.
John Bagnasco, co-host of Garden America, a national garden talk radio show, says, "Debra is the expert who has made cactus and succulents exciting. Whenever I'm asked about them I mention her and her books."
Epcot Center International Flower & Garden Festival, Orlando, FL
Sunset Magazine's Spring Weekend Festival
Eco-Xpo, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Succulent Celebration near San Diego
Honolulu Garden Club
Garden Club of America National Hort Conference
Philadelphia International Flower Show
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Huntington Botanical Gardens
Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle
Succulent Extravaganza near San Francisco
Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Portland
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Denver Botanical Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden
Los Angeles Arboretum
Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon, CA
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA
Master Gardener Seminars, San Diego and Orange counties
University of California, Davis
University of California, Berkeley
Charleston, S.C. Horticultural Society
Roger's Gardens nursery, Corona del Mar, CA
Sherman Gardens, Corona del Mar, CA
Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
Spring Garden Show, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA
San Diego County Fair
San Diego Horticultural Society
Spring Home/Garden Show, San Diego
Cal State Flower & Garden Show, Cal Expo, Sacramento
Junior League of Pasadena
Cactus & Succulent Society of America (CSSA) biennial convention
CSSA affiliates in California, Arizona and Texas
Public libraries, various locations
Garden clubs, various locations
Bookstores, various locations
Nurseries, wholesale and retail, various locations
Debra being interviewed by a Bay Area film crew. Photo by Rebecca Sweet.
Fri., March 6 through Sun., March 8, San Diego Spring Home/Garden Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds
Wed., March 18 and Thurs., March 18, San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, San Mateo
Visit my half-acre garden in north San Diego County. I'll give you a tour tailored to your needs and interests, show you my favorite succulents, and explain everything from soil prepration and watering to ideal location and sun exposure. I'm getting the garden ready so I can host group events, too. I'll give updates in my seasonal newsletter and on Facebook. Or email me for more info.
Succulent design and destinations. Schedule a one-on-one potting workshop with me, and/or I'll take you to gardens and nurseries, introduce you to experts and growers, and provide instruction about plants. North San Diego county has more specialty nurseries and a wider variety of perfectly grown nursery plants than anywhere in the world; beautiful, innovative succulent gardens (public and private); and talented designers who use the plants like a living palette. Minimum three hours, maximum two persons. Makes a great gift for a parent, spouse, friend or client. (Not included: cost of plants, pots and workshop materials. Guests are responsible for air fare and bookings, transportation to and from our agreed-upon rendezvous, hotel accommodations, meals and incidentals.)
Contact Debra to for more information, and to schedule a workshop, speaking engagement, media interview, etc.
My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog posts, newsletters, public speaking and workshops, photos, videos, merchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). My books: Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. ~ Debra Lee Baldwin