Douglas Kent MS, MLA

Douglas Kent started gardening when he was 14. His great aunt Catie, a Depression Era gardener, was his mentor the first eight years. Doug’s 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 Southern and Northern California, along with parts of Central 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. He also held a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master's License for 10 years. Doug has passed all the tests needed to be a registered Landscape Architect, but has yet to pursue the professional distinction.


Teaching: Doug started teaching sailing in 1987 and stopped in 2011. He started teaching gardening techniques in 1999 and will never stop. He believes that teaching is both an art and thrill. Currently, Doug runs landscape seminars and hands-on workshop across the state. He has also taught for Cal Poly Pomona, within the Departments of Regenerative Studies and Landscape Architecture, since 2008.


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. 


When not in a garden or classroom, Kent can be found with his family and goofy niece and nephews, biking-packing and foraging the West Coast, or at sea.

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