About Me

I ran Bauer Fine Gardening Service for 10 years as a small but successful "upper-level" residential maintenance company in Pasadena, CA. I served many of the same clients for over 5 years. Working on the gardening end of things gave me a good perspective on how gardens can change over time, and I think I am able to design gardens with these natural changes in mind.


I am happy to be based now in beautiful Ventura, and I am eager to share the beauty of our native plants with new clients.


I have taught classes on native plant garden design and maintenance at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants and Wildflowers.


I am on the Ocean Friendly Gardens Committee of the Ventura County Surfrider  Foundation. We help people change their landscapes to reduce irrigation use and wastewater runoff.


I am a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.


I am on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Horticultural Society.


For a photo gallery of my own Ventura Garden, see My Home Garden page.


I have done a couple of interviews with Maryann Ridini Spencer for the Sustainable Ventura TV show. Sustainable Ventura is a very informative resource for everyone concerned about our local cities and environment. Many thanks to the City of Ventura's division of Environmental Sustainability for their wonderful show!


Click here to watch me talk about sustainable gardens (my section starts at 11:14). 


Click here to watch me demonstrate pruning and cleaning up your native garden in the fall.