Debra Lee Baldwin is an award-winning writer and editor based in Southern California. Throughout her 18-year career, she has authored an inspirational biography, and has written hundreds of feature articles and columns about architecture, homes, gardens, landscaping and interior design, and people who have made significant contributions to our culture. Debra has won awards from the Garden Writers Association of America, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the San Diego Press Club, and has appeared on national television. Her own garden has been featured in Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, and San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazines, with the focus on her use of succulents in the landscape and steep slope design solutions. Debra is also a photojournalist and watercolor artist and has freelanced regularly for Sunset magazine since 1994. She writes for Coastal Living, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Decor & Style, Heirloom Gardener, and Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest. Born and raised in San Diego County, Debra attended United States International University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English literature.
Many people know about succulents, but using them in the landscape is another matter. Designing with Succulents shows us how; it's inspiring, practical, and complete - a treasure for any gardener who loves these otherworldly beauties. -- Kathleen N. Brenzel Sunset 20070201 Baldwin's alluring and stimulating guide offers a wealth of design ideas melded with informative cultural advice and opens gardeners' eyes to a breathtaking variety of succulents for any situation. ... Towering to tiny, the array of succulents presented is exciting and compelling. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20070415 One of the charms of her book is that it is so readable, while being a practical encyclopedia of all things succulent. -- Mary Curran Downey San Diego Union-Tribune 20070422 Baldwin hit the mark with her detailed work. ... Her easy to understand writing style is user friendly to the backyard gardener, yet the breadth of information is just as appealing to the expert. She manages to assemble a stellar set of photographs to show succulents as they exist out in the open air. Detailed captions give plenty of information to connect readers with these plants that are little known and less often understood. ... Baldwin should be commended for what might be the best succulent landscaping book written to date. -- Maureen Gilmer Scripps Howard News Service 20070429 Photos show landscapes of succulents, small container gardens, and many designs in between. ... Offers hours of engaging perusal. Monterey County Herald 20070505 Baldwin's book takes readers on a delightful walk through a wonderful land of colorful, elegant, and drought-resistant plants that few of us can identify by name. -- Jackie Houchin Valley News 20070505 Packed with tips and loaded with photos that will inspire you to add succulents to your garden, whether it's one container or an entire front yard. -- Holly Hayes San Jose Mercury News 20070609 [With] 255 pages filled with over 300 high quality photographs of exquisite plants and exemplary gardens, Designing with Succulents should be a necessary purchase for any gardener. -- Michael Buckner Let's Talk Plants 20070601 With useful resources, such as the 'plant palette' and a chapter on companion plants, this book helps the succulent gardener create a work of art. -- Jennifer Chance Colorado Homes & Lifestyles 20070601 Offers a plethora of possibilities for lending more visual appeal to the landscape. -- Micki Brown Victorville Daily Press 20070608 [A] lusciously photographed volume. -- Sarah E. Smith Oregonian 20070614 I love [Designing with Succulents] and you will too. It appeals to beginners, experienced designers, landscapers and collectors. A well-known garden writer and photographer, Debra spotlights versatile, fascinating succulents and cactus and their cultivation in various climates and soils. ... There are many luscious closeups of elegant, dramatic specimens and plant combinations. -- Jeanne Santangelo Novato Advance 20070620 We love Designing with Succulents ... as inspiring as it is practical, with color photos that show how to use these otherwordly beauties in borders, on slopes, between patio pavers, mixed with other perennials or grasses - even in undersea themed gardens. Sunset 20070701 Baldwin shares her expertise in a way that is immediately reader-friendly and writes about succulents ... in a clear, colorful manner. She's a skilled photographer whose photos ... add interest and excitement to this gardening tome. -- Peggi Ridgway Bloomin' News 20070701 If it were not for [this book] ... I might have given up succulents forever. But one can't help but be inspired by photographs that induce sighs and daydreams, and not a small amount of garden envy. -- Mariana Greene Dallas Morning News 20070713 Packed with practical advice on how to raise these fascinating plants. -- Holly Hayes San Jose Mercury News 20070708 [Baldwin] illustrates how novices and experts alike can create lush and vibrant gardens that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. -- Amanda Dameron Western Interiors & Design 20070701 A solid overview for landscape architects working with succulents. Landscape Architecture 20070901 [A] delightful and inspiring journey through the world of succulents, which are presented as viable options for private and public landscapes, particularly in regions where water is a serious concern. ... Throughout, the text is richly illustrated with photographs of succulents used effectively in gardens large and small, with or without other types of plants. This is an exciting new addition to anyone's library. Pacific Horticulture 20071101 Having recently finished reading Debra Lee Baldwin's book, Designing with Succulents, I am convinced that succulents are not only wonderful as showcase elements in ones and twos, but can serve as the backbone of your landscape design. -- Jennifer Jewell Colorado Homes & Lifestyles 20070901 The advice given is wise and borne of the author's firsthand experience, but is not too prescriptive and is full of great ideas with illustrations to match. -- Nigel Taylor Gardens Illustrated 20071001 Truly a guide to designing with succulents, not simply growing them. From planning a garden to coping with weather conditions, the prospective succulent gardener will find what they need on these pages. -- Rochelle Reed San Luis Obispo Tribune 20070921 New plantings as well as additions to existing gardens will benefit from Baldwin's presentation of color, texture, and shape in the form of drought-tolerant plant species. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20071101 If you have gardeners on your gift list who are living in warm climates, this gardening book is one they will treasure. And don't forget your indoor gardening pals. ... This book is the bible that tells how to grow [succulents] and then use them to create gorgeous landscapes and containers that become stunning works of art. -- Nancy Szerlag Detroit News 20071208 An excellent introduction to these increasingly popular plants, and how to use them in the garden. -- Joan S. Bolton Santa Maria Times 20071205 Provides inspiration for creating color, texture, and interest - just the qualities every garden's artistic director seeks. Let Debra Lee Baldwin introduce you to the fun of designing with succulents. -- Sandra J. Sandefur Perennial Notes 20070701 Those designing a new landscape and those hoping to add these botanical treasures into an existing garden will find Baldwin's gorgeously illustrated, detail-rich guide a worthy purchase. Library Journal 20081201