Have Debra Lee Baldwin Address Your Group!
Garden photojournalist and bestselling 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.
are customized for every group and updated often.
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 by 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.
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.
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.
How to Refresh and Propagate Succulents.
Debra shows how to prune overgrown succulents, and harvest and start cuttings. Using a variety of different succulents as lab rats, she explains what these popular plants require in order to look their very best. Option: Attendees bring their own succulents to this hand’s-on demo (and/or workshop) to be snipped, clipped, repotted and discussed.
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.).
For Event Organizers: Speaker Introduction
Debra Lee Baldwin, an award-winning Southern California photojournalist, designer and artist, is widely hailed as the “Queen of Succulents.” Debra’s specialty is showing how to use these sculptural, waterwise and easy-care plants in a variety of creative and appealing applications. Debra launched the gardening world’s interest in succulents when her first book, Designing with Succulents, came out in 2007. She went on to write two more Timber Press bestsellers, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Debra’s three books have a combined total of over 100,000 copies in print. During a decade spent scouting and writing for Sunset magazine, Debra learned what she calls “the Sunset aesthetic,” which she applies to everything she shows in her books, newsletters, and presentations. More than 1.5 million people have viewed her YouTube videos. Debra’s own half-acre garden has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, San Diego Home/Garden and other publications. She lives in Hidden Meadows north of San Diego.
Comments from 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
“Just wanted to tell you what an incredible impact you’ve had on our island. We think of you with such warmth. A neighbor and I were chatting about our Garden Club and she said, ‘you know, my favorite of all the speakers we’ve ever had was Debra Lee Baldwin.’ You really opened our eyes to, and gave us a love for, succulents.” — Clare Doyle, president, Boca Grande Garden Club (a Garden Club of America affiliate), Florida
“I put to use many of the things I learned from you and your books and my garden is now a show-stopper. I should put up a sign giving you credit!” — Christy Bradley, Junior League of Pasadena Garden Club, CA
Past Speaking Engagements Include ~
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
View Debra Lee Baldwin’s page on the Great Garden Speakers website.
Contact Debra to schedule a presentation.