My experience with California’s native landscape began in 1960′s growing up in the eastern foothills of San Diego County.
My experience in the landscape industry began as a teenager working for my father who ran a small company providing residential maintenance services. As a young adult I found myself in other lines of work, but I always retained of sense of appreciation for landscapes both developed and natural.
In 2005 I decided to combine my aptitude for design with my love of gardening, and began researching a career in Landscape Architecture at Fullerton College. From the information gleaned, I chose a course of study in ornamental landscape design specializing in drought tolerant plants completing my course work and receiving my diploma in May of 2006 certifying me as a Landscape Designer.
The following year, after finishing a design course with esteemed landscape architects Anna Armstrong and Richard Walker at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Los Angeles, I began to recognize that there was much more to landscape design than mere aesthetics. At this point I decided to work exclusively with California native plants which eventually lead to the starting of my own company California Native Landscape Design.
I have designed gardens in San Diego, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and have lectured on design elements at Tree of Life nursery, and Wild Birds Unlimited.
I have written for APLD’s (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) The Designer Magazine and was recently published in The Journal of California Native Plant Society’s Fremontia.
Three Gardens I designed were featured in Orange County Chapter, California Native Plant Society’s Garden Tour this year, one of which won “Best Native Garden” in Roger’s Gardens’ California Friendly Garden Contest 2011.
I continue to design, consult, write, and blog at CaliforniaNativeGardenDesign and at my Facebook page of the same name.