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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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Jessica - FABULOUS job on this video. I can't wait to hear what I have to say when I get to Pittsburgh!
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 I don't know if worms have a sense of humor, but I think it's funny. 
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Does it seem weird that the package design for Plan B contraception pill looks like for sets of male genitalia?
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Subliminal marketing techniques? 
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Wrapping up the last of my three-part series on the anatomy of an outdoor room. Just like a house, gardens have floors, walls and ceilings. Which would you choose? 
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I like the idea of approaching the garden (or patio)  as a room.  Nice article too.

I haven't heard "Rain On The Roof" in years.  I remember a very unique lap steal sound in the arrangement.  Groovy ~
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I rant and scream about the boneheaded, f'ugly things people do to plants in the name of horticulture. So I've rolled out the first video in an upcoming Crimes Against Horticulture: When Bad Taste Meets Power Tools series. 
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Dennis: Thanks for helping spread the word. 
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Did you make it to the Portland Yard, Garden & Patio Show? Here's what you missed… 
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Billy this is RAD!!!  I would love to be involved somehow
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I'm not a marriage counselor, I'm a landscape architect. But sometimes I have to smooth out conflicting ideas of how a garden should look. Lucky for me, this property made it a little easier. 
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When I'm confronted with a couple with radically different visions for their garden, I don't panic (and I don't call a divorce attorney). Here's the first of two blog posts on an approach that might help keep the domestic peace around your yard. 
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Nadia - thanks!
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I was happy to deliver the low-water-using landscape message for KEYT new, our Santa Barbara ABC affiliate. We chose the garden of a client who has a great mix of usable spaces, small veggie garden and just enough lawn for her two Border Collies. 
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Landscape architect, blogger, writer, college professor, drummer, TV-show host, design coach
  • 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
Brooklyn, NY til I was 8 - San Francisco, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA - Santa Barbara, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Brooklyn, NY
Entertaining educator, design coach, rock steady drummer

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 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, 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.

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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.
  • Cal Poly SLO
  • LA Pierce College
  • Van Nuys High School
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