Debra Lee Baldwin

Aloes in Kelly Griffin’s Garden

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Kelly Griffin is a succulent breeder for Altman Plants, the largest grower of succulents and cacti in the US. Kelly is renowned for his aloe hybrids—unusual and colorful succulents new to the nursery marketplace.   In Kelly’s own garden are aloes yet to be introduced, that he’s experimenting with, growing for flowers so he can harvest the[...]

Succulent Watercolor Calendar Giveaway

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS! Nearly 50 people entered to win, so with five calendars to give away, the odds were about one in ten.  The winners are (drum roll): Marty O’Brien (Palm Springs); Odette Allen (Phoenix); Francine Schmidt (Vermont); Shirley Kost (Los Angeles); and Fernando Huerto (San Diego). Like photography, watercolor is all about light. When saturated paint right[...]

Stunning Succulent Arrangements

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I have wonderful news! I’m very pleased to announce my in-depth online class: Stunning Succulent Arrangements.  It’s available through Craftsy, a Denver-based company that offers a fresh, high-quality approach to online learning. Craftsy began in 2011, and their success has been phenomenal, doubtless due to their dedication to quality. Craftsy spends upward of $15,000 to develop[...]

Got a Pot? Elevate it!

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“Everything looks better elevated,” says San Diego succulent designer Diana Clark, who has wood stands custom-made to enhance her potted compositions. Diana, who calls her business “The Perfect Plant” because she pairs vessels found at antique stores or estate sales with a “perfect” succulent, created the plant-pot pairings shown here. As you look at them, ask yourself:[...]

Succulent Extravaganza 2014, Recap

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That red echeveria really did glow like it was plugged into a light socket. It was at the fourth annual Succulent Extravaganza, which took place at Succulent Gardens nursery near Santa Cruz, Sept. 26-27, 2014. “Attendance was up about 65 percent—approximately 2,000 visitors over two days,” nursery owner Robin Stockwell told me. Below: My GGW[...]