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.

Summary of Expertise
  • Arboricultural and horticultural consultation
  • Landscape design emphasizing sustainable practices and appropriate horticulture
  • Botanical reconnaissance surveys, plant community mapping
  • Site-specific and natural systems-based habitat restoration design
  • Tree surveys and evaluations assisting planning & design processes; tree protection plans
  • Estate garden pruning and care; custom propagation


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

Continuing Education

UC Berkeley Extension: Certificate, Professional Sequence in Editing (August, 2011)
UC Berkeley Extension: coursework in Landscape Architecture

Professional Experience
Editorial Assistant Pacific Horticulture magazine
Horticultural editing, Garden Design website
Private consultant in horticulture, arboriculture, and landscape management
Santa Rosa Plain vernal pool botanical surveys
Past Experience
Horticulture editor for Garden Design magazine
Quadriga Landscape Architecture and Planning, Inc. Santa Rosa, CAr
City of Santa Rosa Parks gardener: Luther Burbank Garden
LSA Associates, Inc. Pt. Richmond, CA
Hanford ARC- Applied Restoration and Conservation, Sonoma, CA


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

Sonoma Family Meals: food preparation for fire relief
Madrone Audubon: co-editor of Leaves newsletter
Sonoma County Volunteer Center: editing
Sonoma County Historical Society: volunteer propagator, Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experimental Farm
Representative Projects
    Langelier Residence, St. Helena, CA+
    Arborist Monitoring along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunitas, CA; LSA Associates, Inc.
    Airway Drive Tree Survey, Santa Rosa, CA
    The Shops at Austin Creek Tree Survey, Santa Rosa, CA
    Willits Bypass Botanical Survey, Seed Collection, Endangered North Coast Semaphore Grass (Pleuropogon hooverianus) Transplanting, Willits, CA; Jones & Stokes/ICF
    North County Corridor Botanical Reconnaissance, Oakdale, CA; Jones & Stokes/ICF
    Bodega Coastal Trail Botanical Survey, Bodega Bay, CA; Jane Valerius Botanical Consulting
    Jordan Winery, Healdsburg, CA+
    Chateau St. Jean Winery, Kenwood, CA+
    Shorenstein residence, Sonoma, CA+
    Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen, CA+
    Toyon Farm, Napa, CA+
    peermusic, Novato, CA+
    Adobe Associates Engineering, Santa Rosa, CA+
    Sonoma Airport Consolidated Mitigation Area, Santa Rosa, CA**
    Shiloh Vernal Pools, Santa Rosa, CA**
    Duran Wetland Mitigation, Windsor, CA*
    Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Gilroy, CA*+
    Gray Lodge Hardwoods Revegetation, Gridley, CA*
    Redwood Village Wetland Restoration, San Rafael, CA*
    Oak Hill Park Grassland Restoration, San Rafael, CA*
    Belle Terre Grassland Restoration, Novato, CA*
    Fairfield Business Park Wetlands, Fairfield, CA*
    Clay Bank Rd. Extension Vernal Pools, Fairfield, CA*
    Lonestar Quarry Revegetation, Clayton, CA*
    CordeValle Golf Course, San Martin, CA*
    Traditions Wetland Mitigation, Petaluma, CA*
    Park Meadows Wetlands, Cotati, CA*
    Napa Valley College Tree Evaluation, Napa, CA
    Native Grassland Restoration, City of Cloverdale, CA*
    Terrazzo at Fountaingrove Reconnaissance Botanical Survey, Santa Rosa, CA
    Terrazzo at Fountaingrove Tree Evaluation, Santa Rosa, CA
    Annadel Estates Tree Evaluation, Santa Rosa, CA
    Windsor Mill/ Windsor Creek, Windsor, CA*
    City of Willits Wastewater Treatment and Water Reclamation
    Tree Survey & Tree Mitigation Specifications, Willits, CA
    Cottage Hospital EIR biological section, Santa Barbara, CA#
    Contra Costa County Animal Control Facility Initial Study#
    Contra Costa County CNG Facility Initial Study#
    Ukiah Airport Initial Study, Ukiah, CA#

    * Habitat restoration project manager/designer
    ** Mitigation monitoring
    + Design, consultation, and landscape management
    # Planning/Permitting documentation