Horticulture & Gardening

Designing with Water Wise Native Plants

Billy Goodnick
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Pritzlaff Conservation Center Classroom
January 27, 2024
8:30AM - 11:30AM

California’s native plants offer nearly limitless uses in your residential garden, from creating wildlife-attracting, naturalistic landscapes to cottage, contemporary or traditional style spaces. Learn the steps professional designers use to ensure that the finished garden is beautiful, useful, and sustainable.


Adults: $45

Students and members: $30

About the instructor:

For 22 years, Billy Goodnick served as City Landscape Architect for Santa Barbara. These days, he provides customized residential design and coaching in the greater Santa Barbara area, emphasizing sustainable practices and beautiful planting designs.

As an educator, he has taught locally at Santa Barbara City College, Master Gardeners and adult education, also traveling the country speaking at botanic gardens and garden shows. His writing has been featured in Garden Design, Sunset, Fine Gardening and 805 Living magazines and his TV show “Garden Wise Guys” was a popular, educational show on local TV for 5 years.

As an award-winning designer who worked his way up from swinging a pick to landscape architect, his presentations are enriched by years of professional design practice and animated by his earlier life as an entertainer. “That was too much fun,” is a typical response to Billy’s presentations and workshops. So is, “I thought there’d be a two-drink cover charge for the entertainment…and I learned a lot.”

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