Welcome! This site, as well as my three books on succulents, YouTube videos, newsletters, and more are dedicated to helping you grow and enjoy a wide variety of “plants that drink responsibly” in landscapes, gardens, containers and design projects. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting! ~ Debra Lee Baldwin

It’s Here! It’s Here!

It’s the 10th anniversary, completely revised and updated, second edition of the book that launched global interest in succulents: Designing with Succulents. Illustrated with 400 gorgeous photos—basically a brand new book—it encapsulates the essentials of the original along with a decade’s worth of appealing and innovative ideas. View the book’s 2-minute YouTube trailer. 

Read succulent expert/blogger/photographer Gerhard Bock’s review.

Join me at celebratory book launch events.

Order your copy now. 


Northern CA Book Launch Fri-Sat., Sept. 29-30

Join me at the 7th annual Succulent Extravaganza! I’m launching my new book and speaking twice.  At Succulent Gardens nursery, Castroville, CA. Free.

At 10:45 each day, to celebrate my new book’s release, I’ll present “Designing with Colorful, Textural Succulents.” Part One is Friday; Part Two, Saturday (different presentations).

Watch my Highlights of the 2016 Succulent Extravaganza (4:20). 

View the book’s 2-minute YouTube trailer: A Look Inside Designing with Succulents. 

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“The growing interest in succulents on the part of the gardening public can be attributed primarily to one person: Debra Lee Baldwin.”

~ Australian nurseryman and author Attila Kaptitany, in his address to the biennial convention of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America.

“Your books are the very best and most useful on the subject of succulent gardening. Great work!” ~ Pat Welsh, author, Southern California Gardening Month-by-Month.

“One of the best speakers we have here.” ~ Ron Vanderhoff, Roger’s Gardens Nursery, Corona del Mar, CA

“Just a fabulous newsletter (but all are fab!). I picked up MANY ideas for enhancing my garden…Thank you, Debra, for the time and expertise you put into this endeavor. I am always inspired by your newsletter and your lovely, informative books. 😊 ” ~ Newsletter subscriber Pat Boylan, Salinas, CA

“I am really enjoying your Craftsy class and all your YouTube videos.  You have a wonderful sense of humor while imparting invaluable information.” — Deb Dahlseid, Point Loma, CA