About Me

We can do it—we can create landscapes that care for our health and wellbeing.

About Me

With an emphasis on urban and suburban landscapes, I have been designing, building, maintaining, researching, and writing on and about landscapes that provide essential goods and services. I believe that we cannot care for the planet until we master how to ecologically care for ourselves.

With over 40 years of horticultural and landscaping experience, I have worked in hundreds of landscapes and taught thousands of students.

With over 40 years of horticultural and landscaping experience, I have worked in hundreds of landscapes and taught thousands of students.

My Experience

Forty plus years of experience, two master’s degrees, hundreds of landscapes, eight books, over 50 articles, teach at three universities, and have had a ton of amazing students.

I was drawn to the outdoors at an early age. It was a place of peace and restoration for me, even if sandwiched between boulevards and freeways. I have studied the giving and healing nature of our bountiful urban lands for decades.

Since 1980

Landscaping Contractor

Contractor and consulting, designing, building, maintaining, and monitoring landscapes in California.

Since 1985

Published Author

Exploring, researching, and documenting the dynamics of California’s urbanized landscapes.

Since 2000

Educator - USC, UCLA, and Cal Poly Pomona

Educator and teaching ecological land management classes throughout Southern California. The three universities I teach at are Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA Extension Horticulture, and USC’s School of Architecture and Urbanism.

Are you ready to take action?

Check out my services to see how I can help you create and maintain landscapes that regenerate health and wellbeing.

Looking to educate yourself?

I have dug deep into the ecology of California to develop strategies that improve our state’s ecological and urban health.