DIANE DOWNEY is a highly experienced landscape consultant, licensed landscape contractor, and landscape designer – she ran The Yard Fairy, an award-winning residential landscape design/build company for 10 years, holding a CA landscape contractor’s license (C-27).
Diane blended her passion for landscaping and the environment with a background of teaching adults, and now regularly teaches homeowner and professional classes on rainwater capture, soil health, the use of native plants, turf removal, and efficient irrigation, both in the landscape and in the classroom.
In 2015 Diane began co-hosting the Earth Friendly Homeowner podcast, which covers eco friendly topics both inside and outside the home, such as rainwater capture and alternative energy. Diane serves on the San Diego chapter of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden Program Committee.
Diane was featured on KPBS’ ‘A Growing Passion’ with Nan Sterman, demonstrating the use of sheet mulching as a turf removal method. She has also been featured in two of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden videos, one in 2015 and another in 2016.
Diane has an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Kent, she earned her Horticulture Certificate from Mira Costa in 2004, and became a G3 Qualified Trainer in 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.