Sinister Succulents


  What do Halloween and succulents have in common? They’re sometimes creepy and delightfully sinister. I’m challenging my Instagram followers to post photos on a page I created: #scarysucculentsdlb. On Oct. 31, my 8-year-old grandson will choose the creepiest, scariest images. Four winners will be notified Nov. 1 and can select as a prize one[...]

Glass Flowers of Harvard

Glass Flowers Exhibit Harvard Museum of Natural History

The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, popularly know as the Glass Flowers is in the Harvard Museum of Natural History, a fantastic, fantastic museum in Boston. The exhibit has recently been cleaned and refurbished and with new cases with crystal clear glass and organized by plant family to enhance it as a teaching tool[...]

My Autumn Succulent Wreath

Autumn succulent wreath by Debra Lee Baldwin

A garden club at which I’ll be speaking later this month asked if I’d donate “an arrangement for the raffle.” Sure, why not? I have several self-imposed criteria: It has to be a “wow” so attendees will buy tickets; it needs to be innovative and incorporate succulents; and it should be autumn-themed. Inspired by numerous colorful succulents in my garden,[...]

A Post-Wild Garden Revolution

"The Hermit's Garden" by Kate Frey and Ben Frey at The Late Show Gardens

“As our climate changes, so must our gardens”.  So begins the description of the upcoming garden symposium in Santa Rosa, California, Changing Times, Changing Climate: Summit 2016 sponsored by Pacific Horticulture. Whether in California or anywhere in the world that we garden, this message must be heard. Whether or not we agree on the causes, or the timetable,[...]