Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents nursery near San Diego, was my go-to succulent pro back when I was a photojournalist specializing in all aspects of gardening. At the time, I saw Jeff as a quintessential San Diego surfer and family man who had a thing for a narrow category of plants.
Turns out, there’s nothing laid-back about this surfer dude. Over the ensuing years, Jeff has become a remarkable photographer and writer who is as engaging in print as he is in person. Moreover, he took on the monumental task of self-publishing two books. The first, Under the Spell of Succulents (2014, 244 pages, 800 images, $30), is a terrific overview, especially if you live where succulents grow in the ground year-round (Southern and coastal CA from the Bay Area south).
The recently released sequel, Aloes and Agaves in Cultivation (2016, 344 pages, 1000+ images, $40), is similarly luscious eye candy, and a comprehensive resource guide for anyone who admires these most dramatic of all succulents. Photographed primarily in California, “this isn’t about plants in habitat,” Jeff says. “It’s about how we grow them in California, with cultural tips and insights.”
Jeff’s books are available at his nursery and speaking engagements, and via mail order. Take 10% off with coupon code dlb2016.