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

Summary of Expertise
  • Landscape design emphasizing sustainable practices and appropriate horticulture
  • Arboricultural and horticultural consultation
  • 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

California Native Plant Society
Redwood Empire Food Bank
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