John is the 2021 President of APLD's Bay Area District. A California native and registered Landscape Architect, he established Verdance in 2002 to create more beautiful, smart and healthy residential landscapes throughout the Bay Area and beyond. John is certified by APLD, credentialed as a LEED Green Associate, and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA). John graduated with distinction from the Landscape Architecture program at UC Berkeley Extension, and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University. He is an instructor in Foothill College's Environmental Horticulture and Design program, and has served on that department's Advisory Board since 2013. In addition to being featured in numerous episodes of HGTV's "Landscape Smart," John was a winning designer on HGTV's prestigious "Landscapers' Challenge” and has been featured in local and national media.