Succulent Book Author Debra Lee Baldwin in Palos Verdes

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Succulent Book Author Debra Lee Baldwin in Palos Verdes

Kit Wertz of Flower Duet (left) and reknowned book author Debra Lee Baldwin

Kit Wertz of Flower Duet (left) and renowned book author Debra Lee Bald­win (right) in Palos Verdes in May 2018.

Many years ago, the Doyenne of Suc­cu­lents and Cac­ti, Debra Lee Bald­win, con­tact­ed Flower Duet to see if we’d be will­ing to col­lab­o­rate on a book she was writ­ing about Suc­cu­lents. We said, “Yes!” and shared a num­ber of our flo­ral designs which paired dif­fer­ent types of suc­cu­lents with flo­rals and one of them made it into the book Suc­cu­lents Sim­pli­fied. All of the work was done via email and phone calls and over the years, there have been a few times where our paths almost crossed but we missed each oth­er.

This week, Kit was final­ly able to meet Debra at a won­der­ful lec­ture she gave to the Palos Verdes Gar­den Club (of which Kit has also been a guest speak­er on flo­ral design).

It was a great expe­ri­ences to meet a col­league and to chat in per­son!

We high­ly rec­om­mend all of Debra’s books and list them below includ­ing the one where we have a suc­cu­lent flo­ral bridal bou­quet fea­tured.


Illus­trat­ed with 400 beau­ti­ful pho­tos, this is a com­plete­ly revised sec­ond edi­tion which includes the essen­tials of the first along with ten years of new ideas from the Doyenne of Suc­cu­lent Design!


Baldwin’s third book about suc­cu­lents is “a kind of pre­quel to the pre­vi­ous two.” It’s a guide for new enthu­si­asts, a ref­er­ence for any­one seek­ing a good overview and some cool design ideas includ­ing a bridal bou­quet by Flower Duet on Page 209!


Shows how any­one regard­less of cli­mate or space con­straints can grow sculp­tur­al, low-water suc­cu­lents in a wide vari­ety of easy-care and beau­ti­ful pot­ted gar­dens.

— Best suc­cu­lents for pots
— Small-space solu­tions indoors and out
— Smart, sim­ple plant care tech­niques
— 300+ col­or­ful and cre­ative ideas


Fea­tures 75 illus­tra­tions by renowned Euro­pean artist Lau­ra Ser­ra inspired by my pho­tographs (includ­ing many from my books). Sen­sa­tion­al Suc­cu­lents show­cas­es an exten­sive array of suc­cu­lents and empha­sizes their melod­ic geom­e­try and exquis­ite pat­terns. This beau­ti­ful­ly illus­trat­ed book offers hours of restora­tive, cre­ative fun and a fresh way to enjoy your favorite plants.



By |2018-06-27T15:18:33+00:00May 27th, 2018|Book Reviews, Flowers, Gardens|Comments Off on Succulent Book Author Debra Lee Baldwin in Palos Verdes

About the Author:

Kit Wertz is a professional floral designer with 15 years experience. She is co-owner with her floral designing sister, Casey Schwartz, of Flower Duet based in the South Bay of Los Angeles. You can reach them at