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NDM Naturescapes has been offering a full range of horticultural services since 1996 in San Francisco. We also provide garden and design services in Marin and Berkeley. Nicole and business partner, Judy Kokura, together continue to pursue residential garden projects as well as other horticultural services.
After graduating Indiana University with a B.A. in Art History and Psychology, two things were certain, I knew nothing about plants or gardens. The path to horticulture effectively began over 20 years ago after becoming a docent at Strybing Arboretum (now called San Francisco Botanical Gardens). With a newly discovered passion for plants, I then sought to gain greater knowledge in the field. This led me to pursue the following:
- Merritt College, Oakland – Ornamental Horticulture Degree
- San Francisco Botanical Gardens – Internship. Worked with head gardener responsible for Rhododendron Dell and Primitive Planting Area
- Friends of the Urban Forest – Apprenticed with Frank Fredericks, who generously mentored me on arboriculture, diagnostic tree-care and pruning
- Merritt College, Oakland – Aesthetic Pruning. Classes and training (ongoing)
- Certified Arborist
Judy is a Landscape Contractor and has been a partner with NDM Naturescapes since 2004. With a keen interest in technology, (Judy handles plants, of course) but also irrigation, billing, and basically keeps the business running smoothly.
- California Horticultural Society
- San Francisco Botanical Gardens
- Mendocino Botanical Gardens