In 2004, having always been in love with plants, pretty gardens and the outdoors, Deborah decided to take a “fun” class at City College of San Francisco. A few years later, she earned her certificate in Environmental Horticulture Landscape Design and took the leap—leaving her job in marketing for a wine importer. After apprenticing with two SF Bay Area fine gardeners, she began to grow her own clients. Today she has been self-employed since 2011, with dozens of happy gardens.


“Gardens are a place for personal expression, entertainment and most especially tranquility. They continually unfold as we evolve deeper.”–Deborah Thomas