Debra Lee Baldwin in her succulent garden

Debra’s Own Garden

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My goal with my own garden is to create a three-dimensional art form that serves as a backdrop for videos, photo shoots and casual get-togethers. Whether in books, photos, videos or presentations—or with plants, rocks, and sweat---I'm invariably about entertaining and sharing in equal measure. It’s one way I define joy.

Debra Lee Baldwin in her succulent garden

Yours truly in the lower garden with "Big Blue." Photo by Craftsy.

Debra's Garden

My steep, terraced half-acre garden as viewed from my house. 

Succulent rock garden

IMHO, a garden can never have too many rocks. This sloping bed is home to dwarf aloes and haworthias growing in a pumice-rich mix. 

Succulent lily pond by Debra Lee Baldwin
My dry pond has thin, nearly spineless cactus pads I ordered from Florida (!). The "water lilies" are graptoveria rosettes. 

Succulent tapestry garden

One of two succulent tapestries by designer Laura Eubanks.

Related articles:

My succulent meditation garden

Spring in my succulent garden

Succulent garden design essentials

How to grow succulents

I've filmed numerous YouTube videos in my garden. The most popular shows how to replant an overgrown bed:Debra shows how to trim and replant succulents

If you REALLY want to come see my garden, I do occasionally give private tours for visiting VIPs. Email me. 

My garden is also featured in my book, Designing with Succulents (2nd ed.).




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  1. Jody Granger on July 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I have been admiring your wonderful web page! I would love to come and be at one of your lectures. You have an amazing talent.

    • Admin on July 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Aw, Jody, thank you! I would love to have you come and see the garden. (You qualify for my special friends-and-family discount: free.) — Debra

  2. janice Jenkins on August 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Do you do landscaping design at people’s houses? Mine? I am overwhelmed. We just took out our lawn and have a 3,300 sq. ft. front yard, not including a driveway. It is also sloped. Most of my neighbors are putting in a few succulents with gravel or bark, but my property is a lot larger. Any suggestions? I do own your book Designing With Succulents. It is helpful and beautiful. Hope to see you in Sept. in Vista. Wish it was today!

    • Debra on September 18, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Hi, Janice — I emailed you a referral to a landscape designer in your area. Let me know how it works out!

  3. Marie Pham on September 17, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hi Debra. Do you know where I can buy the red ruffled echeveria that you showed on your youtube channel? ? I emailed nurseries from your recommended list and no one has it to sell. I look on line and no one has it. Please help.

    • Debra on September 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      I’m not sure which plant you mean—I have over 50 YouTube videos—but Oasis Water Efficient Gardens in Escondido, CA has dozens of colorful ruffled echeverias. The best thing to do is to go there, but you didn’t mention if you’re in the area…perhaps not? It’s possible that Carmen, the manager, could get one to you via Altman Plants’ online store. You do know that echeverias can be shipped without soil, right? The heads re-root easily. Makes shipping a little easier.

  4. sue g on March 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    love the description of the locust-like leaves. Mine are the neighbors’ eucalyptus leaves 🙁 Blown today, back tomorrow.

    • Debra on March 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Ha! So true. Is there a tree that doesn’t shed? Oh, wait, most succulent trees don’t!

  5. Lydia Dunaway on March 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Deborah, Happy Spring to you and Jeff. I’d like to try to get back to California at some point this summer and would love to show Barry your beautiful garden when we’re there. Love your new videos!! All the best,
    Lydia Dunaway
    St. Augustine,

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  7. Gary on April 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Wow what a beautiful garden, l really enjoyed checking it out, l only have a small space but one of these days I’II be confident to share what I’ve put together, but for the moment not a lot as I’ve really haven’t been at it for long and not a lot to show

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