Variegata Studio
Consultants Garden Design, Horticulture, Arboiculture, Copyediting, Proofreading
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Who We Are Variegation

Denise Kelly
122 Alderbrook Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 707 290-4120

A motivated, experienced professional with a strong teamwork ethic and seasoned interpersonal skills with all levels of staff and authors. I am very project-oriented—with a positive outlook and the ability to work on concurrent projects independently. Excellent proofreading, editing, and organizing skills.

Professional Profile
  • Copyeditor for horticultural books and magazines
  • Garden design focusing on putting the right plant in the right place with sustainable maintenance practices for beautiful results that provide habitat and a sense of place
  • Seasoned environmental and natural resource management professional with expertise in technical report writing, peer editing, and report production
  • Collaborative work ethic with various levels of clients, editors, scientists, consultants, and staff
  • Solid background in project implementation—from initial estimates through construction and monitoring
Areas of Expertise
  • Technical report writing and editing
  • Botanical reconnaissance surveys, plant community mapping, invasive plants
  • Site-specific and natural systems-based habitat restoration design; landscape design emphasizing sustainable practices and appropriate horticulture
Professional Experience
Timber Press; freelance copyeditor
Garden Design magazine; Horticultural editor
Pacific Horticulture magazine: quarterly copyediting and proofreading
Variegata, Santa Rosa, CA: technical editor, consultant in horticulture, arboriculture, and garden design

Previous Experience:
North Bay Bohemian, Santa Rosa, CA: on-call copyeditor for weekly newspaper
Luther Burbank Garden: City of Santa Rosa part-time gardener, propagator
ICF International, Sacramento, CA: on-call botanist
Quadriga Landscape Architecture and Planning, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA: designer and specification writer
LSA Associates, Inc. Pt. Richmond, CA: restoration ecologist, assistant planner, permitting and mitigation documentation


University of California, Davis, CA Master of Science, Environmental Horticulture
Master’s project: A propagation study of three Carex (sedge) species used for shoreline erosion control at
    Lake Dorena, Oregon
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA Bachelor of Science, Horticulture
UC Berkeley Extension: Certificate, Professional Sequence in Editing, August 2011


American Society of Consulting Arborists, Registered Consulting Arborist #477
International Society of Arboriculture, Certified Arborist WE #1469-A
Professional Sequence in Editing Certificate UC Berkeley Extension

Volunteer Work

Madrone Audubon: co-editor of newsletter
Sonoma County Volunteer Center: editing
West Sonoma County Historical Society: volunteer propagator, Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experimental Farm