Debra’s recent appearance on KPBS has been making the rounds on both television and the Internet. Succulents are more popular than ever and San Diego is taking the lead in championing their success. If you are familiar with succulents, just getting into them or are here for something else, this information is pertinent to us all.


Watch the following, original video to learn more or click here to read the entire article!


Remember to check out Debra’s YouTube channel by clicking here. It’s filled with tons of great succulent content!



Debra Lee Baldwin, Garden Photojournalist, Author and Succulent Expert

Debra Lee Baldwin, Garden Photojournalist, Author and Succulent Expert

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4 Response Comments

  • Jo TucjerOctober 10, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I’m wanting some creative design to make a large layered succulent garden in a large dish planter on a stand in my garden in Melbourne Australia

    • DebraNovember 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      You might want to browse my free YouTube videos for ideas and/or refer to my book, Succulent Container Gardens.

  • Maria MunozAugust 19, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Debra, can you solve a mystery for many of us interested in eating nopales. They have been found to be very important in lowering blood sugar and are very nutritious. I know that Luther Burbank created a spineless nopale, but I believe that was for cattle fodder. Are there any sweet or sweetish noples with less spines for us more timid cooks? Southwestern cooks want to know.

  • DebraAugust 24, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Yes, there are spineless varieties, but they’re not widely cultivated. And even those without spines may revert (new growth has spines, darn it!) As for flavor, it’s definitely an acquired taste. I have a lot of near-spineless opuntia in my garden, and I figure it’ll come in handy if there’s ever a famine. I haven’t tried harvesting it, but now you’ve got me thinking I should!


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