About Debra Lee Baldwin
Debra Lee Baldwin’s mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of “plants that drink responsibly” through her books, articles, photos, videos, social media and more. Over her 25-year career, Debra has continually discovered cutting-edge design, shared expert knowledge, and defined her own engaging style.
Widely known as the “Queen of Succulents,” Debra is an award-winning garden photojournalist who launched worldwide interest in succulents in 2007 with her first book, Designing with Succulents. Her crowning achievement (no pun intended) is the book’s completely revised and updated second edition, released in 2017.
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 thrifting, birding and watercolor painting.