A Dream Come True

– Posted in: Succulents

Can you believe it? Twenty-five hundred people attended the Succulent Celebration and Book Launch June 7-8. I sold more than 350 copies of my new book, Succulents Simplified. Come celebrate with me!


“Roberto” the alligator was in attendance, along with his designer, Laura Eubanks.


I did a potting demo followed by a workshop.

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Candy Suter, who writes the popular blog Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents, took photos during the event and very kindly let me use them.


Members of the Facebook Succulent Fanatics group gathered for a group photo. Some came from as far away as the Bay Area and Utah! The founder of the group, Laura Balaoro, is in the middle, wearing a hat.


Nancy Pederson created the fun arrangement below during the potting workshop.


Don’t you love Susan Morse’s succulent bedecked hat?


I also did a plant show-and-tell.


Do you remember the recent giveaway here on GGW? I put my watercolor in an envelope, on the table, to give to winner Diana Clark. She’s wearing green and sunglasses that look like a butterfly.


Laura Eubanks made this tiara for me. What fun to be Queen for a Day!


My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog postsnewsletterspublic speaking and workshopsphotosvideosmerchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). My books: Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardensand Succulents Simplified.  www.debraleebaldwin.com 

Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
Debra Lee Baldwin
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Nancy Szerlag June 21, 2013, 5:52 am

Congrats Debra, Wish I could have been there. See you in Quebec.
Best, Nancy Szerlag The Detroit News.

commonweeder June 21, 2013, 7:36 am

Debra – you started me on the succulent trail more than a year ago. I now have a beautiful full succulent bowl, a hypertufa trough (that I made) and a big shallow terra cotta pot (filled with succulents from the hypertufa trough that fell apart) and all are thriving. Your books are wonderful, informative and inspiring. The book launch looks fabulous!

Judy Tillson June 21, 2013, 8:18 am

I was one of those 2500 people! It was great to meet you, I enjoyed your talk and all the other terrific speakers. Waterwise Botanicals did a great job putting this extravaganza together. Hope they’ll do it again next year.

Pam/Digging June 21, 2013, 10:38 am

Wow! 350 copies? That’s incredible, Debra. Your autographing hand must have been very tired afterward. Congratulations on such a good turnout and book sale.

Cindy Davison of The Succulent Perch June 21, 2013, 1:01 pm

It was a fabulous event! Congratulations on the success of the new book, my friend!

ana smiriglio June 21, 2013, 6:15 pm

Que lindas imagenes Debra. Cariños desde Argentina…….

Linda Jones June 21, 2013, 7:32 pm

I wish we could find those planter “heads” locally. The one like Nancy Pederson’s, above. They are probably cost-prohibitive to ship.

Linda Jones June 21, 2013, 7:34 pm

P.S. Glad your book launch went so well for you. I’m working my way through your new book — reading it word-for-word.

Candy Suter June 22, 2013, 1:05 am

What a wonderful time we had Debra! And what a fantastic way to launch your new book. The Celebration was a whirlwind of fun and succulents. I am glad you could use some of the photos and wish the one of you and Susan turned out better. Don’t know what happened. She looked so cute!

Arthur in the Garden June 22, 2013, 4:09 am

Wonderful! It looks fun!

Margaret (Peggy) Herrman June 22, 2013, 5:15 am

What a fabulous day Debra. Wish I could have been there. Love the container gardens. Truly fabulous. Best, Peggy

nancy June 22, 2013, 7:39 am

The succulent celebration at Waterwise Botanicals was so much fun and I’m so glad that I had a chance to attend your potting work shop. I think that “Gloria”, my head planter, turned out amazing because of the tips I learned from you. I can’t wait for the next celebration and to meet more of the Succulent Fanatics. 🙂

Aaron June 22, 2013, 7:52 am

Many Congratulations Debra! Not many people are fortunate enough to get a chance to launch their book.

Amy Beam June 22, 2013, 9:39 am

Loved, loved, loved this event. I only wish that I could have spent longer there. I did not plan adequately for child care. My mother-in-law and I are hoping this becomes a yearly thing. I loved meeting Laura Eubanks. The alligator was so cool and she was so nice to answer many questions that I had.

A big thanks to Waterwise Botanicals for hosting a great event!

Karen Chapman June 22, 2013, 9:42 am

Congratulations friend!

Cassidy June 22, 2013, 3:57 pm

Congrats! It was such a great event. Glad I was able to make it!

Diana June 23, 2013, 11:18 pm

Love your work Debra, and what a sweet Tiara you are wearing! I would have enjoyed the Grand Event, had I been in the area ????)

Michael Romero June 23, 2013, 11:22 pm

Congratulations!!! Danielle and I had such a great time at Waterwise both days of the celebration, Friday nights reception at The MeadowLs home was a highlight for both of us know seeing that beautiful garden was such a treat, meeting fellow Succulent Fanatics and all the other ‘succulent people’ was such fun. I hope Waterwise does this again next year. Thank you again for including Danielle and I in your new book, it is such an honor and certainly a highlight for us. Btw, everyone we met was so cool and down to earth, makes sense, we were surrounded by plant people. 🙂

Diana Clark June 23, 2013, 11:31 pm

The event was so well done. I had a wonderful time and am only sorry that I couldn’t return on the second day for more of the fun. If its an annual affair, I’ll be there next year for sure.

Diana Clark June 23, 2013, 11:33 pm

P.S. I know how to spell it’s, Debra. Sorry to have sullied your blog with what I consider to be an egregious error. 🙂

Patricia Lanza June 24, 2013, 7:51 am

Debra, Congratulations on your event and tremendous book sales. I am sending 200 to Tulsa in July so wish me luck I don’t have to bring any home. Keep up the good work!

Sheila P June 24, 2013, 9:33 am

Of course it was a smashing success, your generous, and nuturing spirit shines through as always. Congratulations!! A fan in Baja

Debra Lee Baldwin June 24, 2013, 11:42 pm

How can I thank all of YOU for your kind and gracious comments? I feel so fortunate that these fleshy-leaved lovelies have made it possible for me to make so many friends, both online and in person. When you come right down to it, it’s not about the plants, it’s about the people.

Troy June 27, 2013, 12:20 pm

Looks like you had a great, and very successful, time! Love the alligator!

Lily Parkes June 29, 2013, 10:42 pm

Hi Debra,

Congrats! I’m a fan of yours. I love your book! 😉

chandra July 9, 2013, 3:18 am

wonderful job

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