paula_hensonI am a Los Angeles native, an educator and water conservation advocate with a background in landscape design. I have been providing classes all over southern California for adults about landscape water conservation working with Heal the Bay and Green Gardens Group. I also work with children, exploring nature and conservation.

After running my own landscape design business and designing well over 100 residential gardens in Los Angeles, I recognized the need for homeowners to consider their water use carefully.

I have a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a Certificate in Horticulture and Gardening from UCLA Extension and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education, also from UCLA Extension. Previously I facilitated courses in several major U.S. cities in Film Production for AFI (American Film Institute) Public Service programs and taught preschool for 13 years. I served on the Los Angeles County Arboreta and Botanic Gardens Board of Governors. My designs have been featured in the Los Angeles Garden Show and the Beverly Hills Garden and Design Showcase and I was featured as a guest expert in several award-winning educational videos. I currently teach, consult and am a partner at Urban Water Group designing and installing rainwater harvesting systems and climate appropriate gardens. And I have written for Pacific HorticultureThe DesignerAtomic Ranch and Spigot Science magazines.

-EPA Watershed Wise Professional

-Certified Facilitator Trainer for Project WET (Water Education Foundation program)

-Accredited Professional in ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association)

OAEC Resilient Schools Training

Full disclosure: I use approximately 88 gallons of water per day (average American uses 130) and, yes, I do turn off the faucet while brushing my teeth!

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