C. DARREN BUTLER is a Consulting Arborist, Ecological Landscape Designer, Greywater & Irrigation Designer and Consultant, Landscape & Garden Consultant, Permaculturist, Speaker, and Teacher. He started gardening at age five, working summer landscaping jobs and in orchards as a pre-teen and teen, and in 2012 has 25 years’ of diverse adult experience working with plants, trees, gardens, and landscapes.
He has appeared on international television for a large audience, NPR radio, local television, and in many other media as an expert, and has worked as a testifying arborist expert witness. He maintains many landscape- and plant-related certifications and licenses including ISA Certified Arborist, University of California Master Gardener, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Permaculture Design Certificate, and PNW ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessor. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and symposia, and has been keynote, plenary, featured, or main-stage speaker at many major events, including 2010 through 2012 California Homeschool Network Annual Conference and Expo, 2011 Southern California Permaculture Convergence, 2010 Huntington Botanic Garden Symposium on Urban Agriculture, 2009 City of Riverside’s Earth Day Festival put on by Habitat for Humanity, and 2009 Long Beach Green Festival, and has been a speaker at dozens of major conferences and events, including the 2008 and 2011 California Statewide Master Gardener Conferences, and the 2010 American Horticultural Society’s Youth and Children Gardening Symposium.
Since 2005 he has offered dozens of workshops, courses, and retreats to thousands of students on topics related to gardening, landscape design and management, urban agriculture, trees, irrigation, permaculture, sustainability, horticulture, and more, and has guest-taught or presented in a wide variety of venues such as botanic gardens, university and professional symposia, festivals, water district offices, churches, and community centers.
Darren has taught Designing Sustainable Landscapes and Diagnosing Plant and Tree Problems for the UCCE LA County Master Gardener Training Program for seven years. From In 2011-2012 he taught a major train-the-trainer course at the Huntington Botanic Garden on cutting-edge urban agricultural methods. In 2010 he blogged at KPCC radio’s Facebook community, The Freeway. From 2007 – 2009 he served on statewide Advisory and Steering Committees for all University of California Master Gardener programs through the statewide MG offices at UC Davis, which influenced the outreach efforts of more than 5,000 California Master Gardeners and more than 100,000 California residents they serve every year. In 2008 he was a core teacher for a permaculture design course (PDC) with Graham Burnett, Scott Horton, and William Faith. In 2007 and 2008 he developed curriculum for and taught certification programs in Sustainable Biointensive Gardening and Edible Landscaping.
Darren’s current projects in 2012 include development of Systems Gardening™, Systems Tree Care™ and other innovative practices for landscaping, land use, soil and plant stewardship, urban agriculture, and meaningful human experience; leading and teaching the 2013 Urban Community PDC in Los Angeles with Warren Brush, Joan Stevens, and Heath Perry; since 2010 working as garden manager and teacher for an at-risk kids’ gardening program at A Place Called Home in South Los Angeles; and since 2008 offering mentorship and apprenticeship programs in arboriculture, landscape design, and other topics to more than a dozen core adult apprentices.
Darren has worked as a consultant and designer for a variety of clients from celebrities to nonprofit organizations to everyday citizens, and volunteers hundreds of hours per year primarily to educate, promote sustainable practices, support programs that help people grow and eat nutritious food, serve at-risk children and youth, and to serve others in discovering meaningful and joyful experience through connections with plants, trees, soil, and gardens.
Darren consults, designs, speaks, and teaches throughout Southern California and beyond. See www.EcoWorkshops.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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