Site of the Succulent Celebration

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Garden Travels, Garden Visits, Perennials, Succulents

Will you be at the Succulent Celebration and book launch June 7-8 near San Diego? I’d love to see you there! To entice you, here are a few glimpses of the nursery that’s hosting it, Waterwise Botanicals.


Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, in pots and on the hillside, is one of the succulents that the nursery sells a lot of.


This is the catfish pond, with alstroemeria in the foreground.


Another view of the pond. You can see the flowers in the previous photo, now on the opposite side.


I climbed the hill to take this photo to show you.


These kangaroo paws are in one of the display gardens.


These are in the shadecloth area. Not all succulents can handle full sun—especially not echeverias (foreground). Others are yellow-orange Sedum nussbaumerianum and rosy Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’.


The succulents on the lower left are one of my favorites: Crassula perforata. It’s a great cascader. Near it are Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ and (lower right, with purple flowers) Kalanchoe pumila.


Does anyone know what species or cultivar of Opuntia this is? Even the nursery doesn’t know what to call it. The manager, Tom Jesch, says it looks like a poodle ran into it. Fascinating!

Hope to see you there!


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. 


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.
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Christie Sanders June 5, 2013, 4:43 am

Oh my! I just recently became familiar so I was ecstatic Aeonium “Zwartkop” in your first photo. A few weeks ago I purchased Aeonium “Voodoo”. According to the description it is more of a singular plant than a clustering variety. It is still a gorgeous specimen and has made me fall in love and want to know more about all Aeonium. Wish me luck with “Voodoo”. I live in Texas and sometimes the humidity is horrible. Thank you, Debra, for featuring the Aeonium and especially this black variety “Zwartkop”. What is not to love about a black plant???? It’s gorgeous. Thank you for featuring it in your latest newsletter. It’s like you read my mind or maybe it was just “Voodoo” for the little witchiness in all of us! xxoo cj

Belinda June 5, 2013, 6:43 am

The succulent nursery is just lovely. Congrats on the launch of your newest book. Would love to go to the celebration… if i lived closer than Indiana….
Best wishes for continued success. Cheers!

Washanda June 5, 2013, 9:14 am

I think that’s what my heaven would look like!

cynth June 5, 2013, 9:44 am

The unusual opuntia…wonder if it crossed somewhere with a choya??? Maybe its DNA could be cross-matched in a tissue culture. :

nancy June 5, 2013, 10:01 am

We haven’t been to Waterwise Botanicals in quite some time and look forward to seeing those beautiful rolling hills planted with succulents. It will be great to see Tom and Jackie again as well as meeting you, Debra Lee, and all of the designers whose work we have been admiring on “facebook.” Can’t wait for the succulent celebration!

Laura Balaoro June 5, 2013, 10:17 am

Wow! I am so looking forward to this event Debra as it will be my first time to visit Waterwise Botanicals.

Troy June 5, 2013, 12:04 pm

I wish I could make it- looks like you can find any succulent you could ever want there! Please show us some more pictures after the event!

Aaron June 5, 2013, 12:37 pm

Debra, Nice pictures and what a collection of so many exotic flowers, absolutely a visual treat for the eyes. Best part is that, they have arranged the flowers in such an orderly way that when we look at them from far, they look like a dream. This is really a very fine nursery.

Anna June 5, 2013, 1:29 pm

Looking forward to the event. Thanks for the sneak peak. I’ve never been to that nursery.

Gareth June 5, 2013, 3:09 pm

I’ve never seen so many succulents in one place!! I’ve said it before and ill say it again I love succulents the colours, textures and flowers are amazing!

Amy Beam June 6, 2013, 9:03 am

I am going tomorrow to hear you speak and I’m bringing my moth in law with me. We are redoing our entire yard so it is great timing!

Michael Romero June 6, 2013, 10:42 pm

Nice photos. I have that fuzzy Opuntia and I have not been able to get anyone to I.D. it for me. It is growing well in my garden.

Julia Yohe June 8, 2013, 9:39 pm

Hi Debra,

I would really love to witness the succulent celebration near San Diego but I’m on a vacation in Asia right now. I’m looking forward for a post celebration article since I really love to witness this event. BTW, I appreciate your effort for climbing a hill just to give us great photos. Thanks so much for sharing! 😀

Cassidy June 14, 2013, 3:06 pm

So glad I got to come to this and meet you!

Candy Suter June 18, 2013, 2:59 am

Great photos and wonderful time sweetie!

michael June 25, 2013, 1:39 am

That is great place,maybe the owner need great pergola for greeting more people,haha!

Curious Cargo June 28, 2013, 8:30 pm

All I can say is Wow!

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