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Billy Goodnick
Works at St. Lynn's Press
Attended Cal Poly SLO
Lives in Santa Barbara, CA
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Thanks to Holly Hamilton and the folks at GardenTV for posting our interview at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2013. 
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Why not kick the garden gate open and do something bold? Cercis 'Forest Pansy' paired with Kniphofia 'Malibu' mix it up. (Design by Billy Goodnick)
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Behind these gates is a private home garden in exclusive Santa Barbara, and award-winning landscape architect +Billy Goodnick is giving the tour. With photos by +Isabel Lawrence . Enter to win Billy's book!
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Some water saving ideas from my interview with KCRW radio. 
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An exquisite example of color theory: Combining pale tints and saturated shades to create a harmonious but strongly contrasting composition. I call them "killer combos."
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Landscape architect, blogger, writer, college professor, drummer, TV-show host, design coach
Employment
  • St. Lynn's Press
    Author, 2012 - present
  • King Bee
    Drummer, 2001 - present
  • Santa Barbara City College
    Adjunct Professor, 2009 - present
  • 805 Living Magazine
    Contributor, 2009 - present
  • Fine Gardening Magazine
    Contributing Editor, 2008 - present
  • bgdc
    Landscape architect, blogger, writer, college professor, drummer, TV-show host, design coach, present
  • City of Santa Barbara
    City Landscape Architect, 1987 - 2009
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Santa Barbara, CA
Previously
Brooklyn, NY til I was 8 - San Francisco, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA - Santa Barbara, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Brooklyn, NY
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Entertaining educator, design coach, rock steady drummer
Introduction

Billy Goodnick discovered horticulture in his twenties, studying bonsai and collecting house plants in Los Angeles. Hearing the sage advice “Take the thing you love most and make it your hobby,” he shelved his career as a studio drummer and touring musician and began his horticultural studies.

Billy recently completed a 22 year career as City Landscape Architect for Santa Barbara, with scores of community-enhancing projects to show for his time.

Interesting work, but there’s room on the plate. He has been demystifying garden design for two decades teaching Adult Ed classes and lecturing throughout southern California.

He embarked on a new chapter as an educator in the fall of 2009, as adjunct professor teaching landscape design in the Environmental Horticulture program at Santa Barbara City College.

Billy is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine, writing his Design Workshop feature in each issue, as well as writing his Sustainable Landscaping: Cool Green Gardens by Billy Goodnick blog.

Billy recently expanded his work as the garden writer for 805 Living, a lifestyle magazine in the Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara county area.

Billy is the sole proprietor of bgdc, a landscape architectural consulting firm specializing in small-scale residential design. bgdc has received numerous design awards. His designs have been featured in publications and on-line articles in the greater Santa Barbara region.

Billy co-hosts Garden Wise Guys, the sustainable landscaping show on CityTV18, and wrote a much-read landscaping feature for Santa Barbara Homeowner magazine for two years, and has an on-line column at Edhat.com. Taking the sage advice of his youth, Goodnick drums for King Bee, a local rock band performing music spanning from Elvis to Elvis.

Fall 2009 saw the launch of LawnReform.org, one of Billy's collaborative efforts. The Lawn Reform Coalition is a website founded by concerned professionals dedicated to more intelligent, planet-friendly ways of downsizing, eliminating and intelligently caring for turfgrass.

Billy volunteers his time on the board of directors for Santa Barbara Beautiful, a non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees in public areas and recognizing and awarding landscaping and architecture that enhances Santa Barbara.

Bragging rights
My rock and roll band opened for The Doors when I was in high school. A few years later, I played with a group that toured with the Jackson Five.
Education
  • Cal Poly SLO
    1985
  • LA Pierce College
  • Van Nuys High School
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William Goodnick
We just completed our fourth stay at Hotel Del Sol and can't imagine staying anywhere else when we visit San Francisco. Love the location within walking distance of Chestnut Street (Peet's coffee is MUST) and Union Street. And access to the Marina and views to the Golden Gate are a plus. The staff is always friendly, accommodating, and the rooms are just right. But what I love most is the fun styling that touches everything about the hotel, from the art on the walls to the hand painted murals, the colored lights on the palm trees (just tacky enough to be cool) and even the mosaic room numbers on the door. And the free pastries and coffee in the morning are a special treat. Do I sound like I like the place?
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I've been visiting D'Ann Lawson for a few decades when my lower back or neck are giving me trouble. Not only do her treatments alleviate my problem but she's one of those energetic, positive-energy people who just make you feel better being around. And I've had occasion to have Kevin Fisher "lay on hands" and always please with the results. I highly recommend Lawson Fisher Chiropractic.
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