Teaches: Edible Landscaping, Plant ID
Patricia St. John loves plants and loves to eat and design with edibles! Almost as much as she loves teaching about them at Merritt College in the Edible Landscaping class. She started out working in a nursery in Los Altos and quickly realized she didn’t know very much. So she enrolled at Foothill College and earned her AS degree in environmental horticulture. During her college days she became assistant manager of an organic garden supply store and education center. She then started St. John Landscapes and has been designing gardens for the past 18 years.
Patricia has completed around 450 garden designs on both sides of the San Francisco Bay and has had several of her gardens featured on garden tours, including a Bay Friendly Garden Tour. She has recently been removing many front and back lawns with low water use plants. Four of her gardens have received international design awards, her gardens have been featured in the new Sunset Backyard Garden Guide, Julie Moir Messervy’s book Landscape Ideas that Work, both a German and a Chinese book on garden designs, and she was recently featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Patricia is a California Certified Nursery Professional and a Certified Professional Landscape Designer. In 2010 she served as President of the (international) Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Patricia lives in Berkeley with Martin, her nurseryman husband.