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.
"There is plenty to inspire here, with lots of lovely photographs of plants spilling out of all manner of pots; and Baldwin's extensive information. . . has the hallmark of personal experience." --Booklist
"Seeing how gardeners turned birdbaths and tiered water fountains into flowing arrangements of sedum, aeonium, echeveria and crassula struck me as the perfect comeback to those who say succulents are boring." --Los Angeles Times "Succulent Container Gardens lives up to all of my hopes and expectations for the book. . . . if you're thinking that 2010 will be the year you give succulents a try, this book will help you create a unique and beautiful pot or two or ten. Not to mention give you enough information to keep your new plants alive for many years to come." --Gardens Illustrated "Offers plenty of ideas and inspiring photos to get you started." --Chicago Sun-Times "With gorgeous photos on nearly every page, Debra Lee Baldwin's Succulent Container Gardens celebrates these low-water, easy-care plants and shows endless ways to display them in your garden." --Sunset "This isn't just a book of photos. There are plenty of design ideas along with tips for growing these fascinating plants. In addition, you'll find a section on nonsucculent plants that make good companions." --Garden Gate "There is plenty to inspire here, with lots of lovely photographs of plants spilling out of all manner of pots; and Baldwin's extensive information...has the hallmark of personal experience." --Apartment Therapy "Baldwin will surely ignite a fire under green thumbs who are already drawn to this realm of intriguingly textural plants...Regardless of skill level, gardeners will draw on Baldwin's expert propagation advice for a cost-cutting way to expand one's garden." --Omnivoracious "The information is presented clearly and simply and would be great for a novice but still in depth enough for a semi-seasoned succulent-er." --Fine Gardening Online "Planting succulents in containers opens the way for a hobby within a hobby." --Associated Press "Considering repetition, color and texture, scale and proportion, in combination with the choice of containers, will enhance the sculptural beauty of the plants. Baldwin showcases classic containers, unusual art pots, and surprising containers--a child's toy fire engine, a rusty flour sifter, or a muffin tin...a useful and encouraging guide for growing succulents." --Pacific Horticulture "Baldwin opened the door of possibilities using succulents as fabulous design elements not only in colorful well scaled plant groupings in the landscape but as attractive showcase container plant gardens." --Press-Telegram