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Douglas Kent MS, MLA

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Douglas Kent started gardening when he was 14 and has never looked back. His experience can be summarized within four areas: Practical Experience, Education, Teaching, and Publications.


Practical Experience: Doug has worked for landscape contractors—and as a landscape contractor—for 28 years. He has helped design, install and maintain residential and commercial landscape throughout California. He used to be a Licensed Contractor (C-27:905192) and ran his own business for 15 years. His landscapes have appeared in such publications as Los Angeles TimesMarin Independent JournalNational Wildlife, Orange County Register and Sunset Magazine.


Education: Doug studied Ornamental Horticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, got a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Cal State Long Beach, and earned two Masters from Cal Poly Pomona, an MS in Regenerative Studies and an MLA in Landscape Architecture. Doug has passed all the tests needed to be a registered Landscape Architect, but has yet to pursue the professional distinction.


Teaching: Doug has been teaching land management courses at the John Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, since 2008. He also runs landscape seminars, trainings, and workshops across the state. 


Publications: Doug has written 8 books and well over 50 articles. Either as a columnist or freelance writer, his work has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles TimesOrange County Register, Southern SierranCoastkeeper MagazineMarin Independent JournalPacific SunFine GardeningSonoma County Press Democrat, and all of the Marin Scope newspapers. 

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