Debra Lee Baldwin

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San Diego, California 92026

Garden photojournalist and author of three books about succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin specializes in showing how top designers use architectural, waterwise and easy-care succulents in a wide variety of creative applications.

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     Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Her mission is to share the beauty and practicality of these remarkable plants with gardening enthusiasts worldwide, regardless of their climate or space constraints.

     Debra has given presentations at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, the Denver Botanic Garden, the Philadelphia International Flower Show, and for Garden Club of America affiliates---to name a few of many prestigious venues. Her own garden near San Diego has been featured in Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens, the San Diego Union-Tribune and other publications.

     One of the horticultural community's most engaging speakers, Debra has the ability to entertain and enlighten in equal measure. She looks forward to showing your group how to add beauty, sophistication and whimsy to their gardens and outdoor living spaces. 

      Debra typically explains how top designers use geometric, architectural succulents with spectacular blooms and foliage of every color—including cherry red, sky blue and magenta-black. She introduces various types of succulents, discusses their care, describes what makes each interesting and unique, and explains how to create lovely, low-water vignettes and potted arrangements.

     Debra customizes her presentations to best meet the needs and interests of specific groups and regions. For example, cold-climate and/or space-constrained gardeners tend to be best served by her container gardening presentation, which shows how anyone, anywhere can successfully grow and enjoy a wide variety of lovely, waterwise, low-maintenance succulents and their companion plants.

     With Debra's expert guidance, your attendees will better understand basic design principles and how to use sculptural aloes, agaves, echeverias and more to beautifully express their individual styles.  

     View a video of Debra demonstrating how to make a succulent container garden.

     For additional information, please visit the Presentations page of Debra's website.




Designing with Succulents (slide presentation)

Succulent Container Gardens (slide presentation)

Beautiful Succulents for Your Garden (plant show-and-tell)

Succulent Potting Demo (Debra shows how)

Succulents Simplified (slide presentation)

Succulents: Planting, Propagation and Design (slide presentation)



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Audience Reviews

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Succulent Stylist on the Go!

Tacy Andersen from Bandon, Oregon - 10/22/2014 04:53:24

Wonderful, delightful, attentive to her audition, humorist, informative, and easy to listen to in giving ideas. Open minded to new thoughts and ideas and great eye for imagination. A good mentor for anyone wanting to open their eyes to art of nature within the succulent world!

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Mary Brown from Ramona - 09/21/2014 09:38:00

Great sense of humor! I learned about dry stall. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed her presentation!!

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The Queen of Succulents

Cathryn Golden from San Diego - 06/07/2014 10:36:14

Debra Lee is truly the QUEEN of succulents. Not only is she amazingly knowledgeable, but she also bring the FUN to working with them. Her presentations are full of useful tips and creative ideas. Do NOT miss her presentations when you have the opportunity!!!!!

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