About Debra Lee Baldwin
Widely known as the “Queen of Succulents,” Debra Lee Baldwin is the award-winning garden photojournalist who launched worldwide interest in succulents in 2007 with her first book, Designing with Succulents. Her proudest achievement is the book’s completely revised and updated second edition (2017). Debra’s other books are Succulent Container Gardens (2010) and Succulents Simplified (2013). All are bestsellers from Timber Press, the largest publisher of gardening books in the US.
Debra’s mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of “plants that drink responsibly” through her books, newsletter, articles, photos, videos, social media and more. A professional communicator for more than 25 years, she routinely discovers and shares cutting-edge ideas and interviews renowned experts. For the media and an ever-increasing fan base, Debra offers well-researched, visually appealing information intended to “entertain and enlighten in equal measure.”
Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include watercolor painting, thrifting, and creating ornamental feeders for birds that visit her garden.
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