Debra Lee Baldwin

Laura Eubanks’ Succulent Tapestry Design Secrets

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San Diego garden designer Laura Eubanks is helping me launch a series of events in my garden! Laura’s one-hour succulent tapestry installation takes place on Saturday, March 28 and includes catered refreshments and a tour of my newly refurbished garden located 45 minutes NE of San Diego. (Space is extremely limited. $150 per person. Email[...]

Bay Area (and Beyond) Succulent Designers

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At last fall’s Succulent Extravaganza, I had fun showing creative designs by members of the Succulent Fanatics, a Facebook group founded by San Jose master gardener Laura Balaoro. My presentation and ensuing YouTube video went over so well, I’m doing something similar at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show on March 19. Designers whose ideas,[...]

Six Sux for my Show-and-Tell

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  Spring starts for me this year at the Fallbrook Garden Club in north San Diego County on Feb. 24. Guests are welcome, and all attendees will receive a gift plant courtesy of nearby Serra Gardens Nursery. I’ll show photos of beautifully designed gardens and do a show-and-tell of outstanding succulents from Serra.  Among them are:

Succulents for Dummies

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When Designing with Succulents came out in 2007, I proudly showed it to my son, to whom the book is dedicated. He said all the right things…nice layout, great photos…and then casually asked, “But why so many Latin names? Why not use the plants’ common names? They’re a lot easier to remember.” Well for one[...]

Snow in Escondido? Seriously?

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Every winter, as a child on an avocado ranch northeast of San Diego, I longed to see snow blanket the garden like a Currier & Ives painting. It never happened. Decades passed. My husband Jeff and I bought a home on a half acre in the same city, but at a higher elevation (1,500 feet). In 25[...]