To plan an event or for more information, contact Debra Lee Baldwin,

Debra's Upcoming Presentations -- Mark your Calendar!
Tues., Wed. and Thurs., April 1-3, Epcot Center International Flower Festival, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Park admission required.
Sat. and Sun., May 17-18, 2014, Eco-Xpo, Los Rios Park, Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA
Sat., May 31 and Sunday June 1, Sunset Celebration Weekend Festival, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA
Friday-Sat., June 6-7, Succulent Celebration, Waterwise Botanicals nursery, 32183 Old Highway 395, Escondido, CA; (760) 728-2641. Free.
Sat., June 28, Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, MO; (314) 577-5110. Pre-registration required.
I'll be signing all three of my books (including the new one, Succulents Simplified) at all events.
If you've enjoyed one of my presentations, you can comment about it on the Great Garden Speakers website. Much appreciated!

Have Debra address your group

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.

DEBRA'S PRESENTATIONS are customized for each group and updated frequently.

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 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 occasional maintenance succulent gardens should have. Container gardening is touched on. 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.

Private Potting Workshops at Oasis Nursery, Escondido, CA. Maximum five attendees. Have Debra all to yourself or bring up to four friends. Bring your own containers and Debra will help you pair them with succulents from the nursery's extensive palette. Two hours, $300. Plants not included; potting soil and tables provided. You'll take home beautiful container gardens plus confidence in how to create them. Gift certificates available.

Venue requirements

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.).

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Speaker bio

Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored the Timber Press bestsellers Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Debra is a regular contributor to Sunset and other publications, and her own half-acre garden near San Diego was featured in Better Homes & Gardens. Debra specializes in showing how to use architectural, waterwise and easy-care succulents in a wide variety of appealing and creative applications.

According to Australian nurseryman and author Attila Kapitany, in his 2013 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."

Comments from event organizers and attendees

"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

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Debra is a popular guest on garden radio shows from coast to coast.

John Bagnasco, co-host of Garden Life, 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."


Debra Lee Baldwin's recent speaking engagements include:

Succulent Celebration near San Diego
Iowa Arboretum
Honolulu Garden Club
Garden Club of America National Hort Conference
Debra Lee Baldwin, Ruth Bancroft Gardens 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
Debra Lee Baldwin, Roger's Gardens 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

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Debra being interviewed by a Bay Area film crew. Photo by Rebecca Sweet.

Contact Debra 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