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Announcing the Second Edition of Designing with Succulents!

 

Available for pre-order now. Ships Aug. 27, 2017

When publisher Timber Press proposed a celebratory 10th anniversary, second edition of Designing with Succulents, I figured all I’d have to do is change a word here and there and add a few photos. So I agreed to what seemed like a reasonable deadline—six months. But as soon as I dove into the project, I realized so much had changed that a complete rewrite and almost entirely new photos were in order.

To meet the deadline, I worked 12-hour days and weekends, often in pajamas with uncombed hair, too much coffee, and a dog that needed to go out. With the guidance of a terrific editor—Lorraine Anderson—I ripped the book open, pulled out its innards, rewrote the text, and agonized over the photos. It was so difficult to winnow the selection to 400!

How can I express my pride in this second edition of Designing with Succulents? It’s like birthing a child (except that was easier). It’s my magnum opus. Above all, it’s my gift to you—to anyone—intrigued by these elegant plants and their potential to enhance gardens and landscapes.

And don’t you just love the cover?

The second edition of Designing with Succulents is available for pre-order now. It ships August 27.

Obtain a signed copy from me at the annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery in Castroville, CA (near Santa Cruz), Sept. 22-23; or at the San Diego Horticultural Society meeting Oct. 9. I’m speaking at both events.

The cover of the original edition of Designing with Succulents

Learn more about the book that launched worldwide interest in succulents: the first edition of “Designing with Succulents,” released in 2007.

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Jeff Moore’s Books 10% Off!

Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents 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).

Jeff Moore's book Aloes and Agaves

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.