The Dara Emery Lecture will be presented this year by Kim True, of True Designs. An award-winning landscape architect, True’s expertise includes water-conserving and native landscaping, habitat restoration, irrigation design and storm water management. True has been engaged in the upgrades to SBBG’s Home Demonstration Garden and will talk about that design and her process in re-making this important part of the Garden into an example of water-thriftiness and eloquent interpretation.
is a talented landscape architect who balances her scientific background and artistic nature to create landscapes with ecological sensitivity and beauty. Kimberly has earned a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture to complement her degrees in Horticulture and in Environmental Studies, which emphasized Ecology and Natural Resource Management. She has over fifteen years of landscape architecture experience working independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams. Kimberly has worked on many large-scale projects including demonstration gardens, master plans, multi-family residential developments, campus and university projects, renewable energy projects, and projects specializing in Low Impact Development (LID) concepts and storm water management.
Kimberly established her own design practice in 2010, True Nature, located in Goleta, California. Kimberly, the Principal Landscape Architect, leads a team that includes a staff biologist/restoration ecologist, landscape designers, and drafting support. Kimberly’s areas of expertise include water-conserving and native landscaping, habitat restoration, irrigation design, storm water management, LID strategies, and construction document preparation. She is a fully insured California licensed landscape architect and a State registered CASQA SWPPP QSD/P. Her unique blend of design, installation, and maintenance experience gives Kimberly a special perspective on designing projects that are low-maintenance, hardy, and express artistic and natural qualities. Her background in restoration horticulture and ecology makes her a valuable team member on projects with habitat restoration components. Her inquisitive nature drives her strong desire to collaborate with others and include their expertise and perspective into successful designs.