Archives for January 2019

Debra Lee Baldwin

Success with Succulents

Whether your garden occupies an acre or a patio, succulents can serve as easy-care, low water problem-solvers. As Debra introduces these textural, intriguing plants–which come in every size and color–you’ll find inspiration and ideas to express your creativity and beautifully enhance your outdoor living spaces.

Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens and Succulents Simplified, idea-rich bestsellers that have significantly impacted garden design in Southern California and beyond. Debra’s books are the first to show how to use these easy-care “plants that drink responsibly” as a living palette, rich in color, variety and texture.

Debra developed her appealing-yet-practical aesthetic during years of scouting and writing for and Sunset magazine and other publications. An in-demand speaker, she continually updates her presentations based on new and intriguing designs by top landscapers and creative homeowners.

Debra has presented at the Huntington, Denver, Berkeley and San Diego botanical gardens; garden clubs and horticultural societies nationwide; and major flower shows in Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. Her own garden in Escondido, CA has been in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset and San Diego Home/Garden, among other publications. 

Jeff Moore

Soft Succulents

Jeff Moore has operated Solana Succulents in Solana Beach since 1992. He gained a bit of notoriety for his undersea succulent gardens at the Del Mar Fair and Spring Home/Garden shows. A well-recognized expert, for the past 5 years he has been publishing beautiful and informative books on succulents. He is currently working on the fourth in the series. Jeff is married with two grown sons.

Jeff is the author of three books: Soft Succulents: Aeoniums, Echeverias, Crassulas, Sedums, Kalanchoes, and Related PlantsUnder the Spell of Succulents: A Sampler of the Diversity of Succulents in CultivationAloes and Agaves in Cultivation.

Rick Mandel

Ewing Irrigation
President, California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), San Diego Chapter

Philip Armstrong

The Lightfoot Planning Group
President, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), San Diego Chapter

With nearly 30 years of professional experience as a licensed landscape architect, Phil’s approach to project design applies creative and sustainable strategies that endeavor to realize a project’s full potential. As Senior Landscape Architect at The Lightfoot Planning Group in Carlsbad, Phil oversees staff resources that support a variety of project markets in both private and public sectors. He is an advocate for Low Impact Design and High-Performance Landscapes and has a proven track record of project success and client satisfaction. As a key member of a multi-disciplinary landscape and land use planning firm, he excels in coordinating project team professionals, owners and stakeholders in leveraging a collaborative design process for improved project outcomes.

Phil is the current President of The American Society of Landscape Architects – ASLA San Diego chapter. His executive board provides member support to over 200 fellow San Diego landscape architects and is preparing to host ASLA’s annual Conference on Landscape Architecture in November with over 7000 landscape architects from around the county and the globe in attendance.

Phil’s varied experience of shepherding projects from concept through construction includes; development support of residential communities, design of K-12 and community college campuses, sports field design, municipal facilities, streetscapes, and habitat restoration projects. He also provides assistance to Lightfoot’s planning staff on a variety of master and specific planning projects. He is a Carlsbad resident and enjoys camping, fly fishing and chasing a little white ball around the golf courses of North County.

Magen Shaw

Balboa Park Horticulturist
City of San Diego

Megan Shaw joined the City of San Diego as the Horticulturist for Balboa Park in 2017 bringing with her a broad background of experience in project management and environmental expertise.

She has already accomplished numerous updates to the gardens in the park and intends to diversify the urban forest to thrive in changing climactic conditions.

Magen Shaw double majored in Natural Resource Management and Restoration and Botany at San Jose State University specializing in plant communities of California. While there she ran the Environmental Resource Center for two years leading numerous significant seminars and projects.

Prior to joining the City of San Diego she worked for Davey Tree Service consulting with their forestry and biology departments throughout Southern California. She was Davey’s representative on a multidisciplinary/multi-industry working group for tree care for birds and wildlife. After working on the canopy study for Disneyland, she helped develop protocol for the tree inventory for Balboa Park.

Horticulture Judges

Each year the San Diego Horticultural Society invites a panel of judges for the garden displays, who are experts in their fields of design and horticulture. This year the panel includes:

John and Serena Noble

Coastal Sage Gardens