Orchid Black

Orchid is a garden designer whose practice focuses on California native plants. Her gardens have been featured on the Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) Garden Tour for 9 continuous years. With the Friends of Washington Park and TPF, she has been active in the design and restoration of Washington Park in Pasadena, originally designed by famed horticulturist Theodore Payne, which restoration won an ASLA Award. She teaches design and other classes at TPF, teaches Sustainable Garden Practice for UCLA Extension, and gives lectures and workshops on native horticulture and oak culture throughout Southern California. Her lectures have provided CEU’s for Landscape Architects and LEED professionals. Currently the Chair of the Chapter Council of the California Native Plant Society (cnps.org) she is a former Director of the Society and the President of the local San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of CNPS.

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