In March of 2012, I had the good fortune of being able to travel to the west coast to attend Spring Trials, courtesy of Proven Winners. It was my first trip to California and there were many things that made it memorable.
|Debra and her sweet Lily in her garden in 2012.|
Debra was one of our mentors when Jenny and I wrote our book, Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants. As a veteran author, she provided all kinds of encouragement and challenged us with ideas, all of which proved valuable to us as first-time authors. (Thank you, Debra!)
While I was at the Proven Winners location near Bonsall, Debra stopped by to see their plants and extended an invitation to me to come and visit her garden on my way back to the airport to return home. The chance to see Debra in her garden was too good to pass up.
If you're a fan of succulents at all, I probably don't need to tell you who Debra is, but just in case you haven't heard of her, she's the author of three bestselling books on the subject: Designing With Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Even if you never grew a single succulent (unthinkable!), these books are full of beautiful images making them enjoyable just to look through, but they are also jam-packed with ideas and information on growing this unique group of plants.
|I pretty much drool over agaves, large and small, but this one was really LARGE.|
It was taller than me.
|Imagine stepping out your front door and having to look at this. Such a travesty.|
|Doesn't this just make you want to hop, skip and jump to see what's at the other end?|
|I love the pottery and the aloes.|
|I'll take my morning tea right here, please.|
|Debra has this rainbow of succulents potted up on her balcony. Yummy!|
Not only does Debra walk the walk as a succulent expert, she's an artist too. She creates beautiful watercolors of the succulents she grows. She sent me a calendar for 2015 that features a dozen gorgeous images of her paintings.
|Image from Debra Lee Baldwin|
I've done one watercolor in my life and that was several years ago. I found it to be a daunting task, but when Debra did a blog post explaining her process of painting watercolors of her succulents, she made it sound much easier than I remembered. I might just try again, this time painting some of the flowers from my garden.
Debra has offered to send one of her 2015 Succulent Watercolors Calendars to one lucky reader! Just imagine getting to display this artwork on your wall all year long. All you need to do is this:
1. Leave a comment to this blog post, telling me which month's painting from the calendar is your favorite (mine's November - I think)
2. Fill out the Rafflecopter form with your contact information. I will be using Rafflecopter to pick a random winner.
The giveaway will end at midnight EST on Friday night, January 9, 2015, and all entries must be received by that time. A random winner will be chosen and the winner will be notified by email.
If you can't wait to see if you're the winner, you can purchase one of Debra's calendars here. Debra blogs at Gardening Gone Wild and on her own website, which has a wealth of information for succulent lovers.
|From Debra Lee Baldwin's garden, 2012|
I was given a complimentary calendar from Debra as well as being able to offer one for a giveaway. All thoughts expressed here are my own.