community partnerships

insight garden program

Restoration Landscaping Company has worked with Insight Garden Program for years, helping to install and maintain gardens inside prisons across California.

Native gardens connect people to nature. In the bleak conditions within prisons, connections to the outside world are rare and engagement through gardening is a powerful force of rehabilitation.

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Could the solution to prison rehabilitation be hiding in a garden? IGP facilitates an innovative curriculum combined with vocational gardening and landscaping training so that people in prison can reconnect to self, community, and the natural world.

Restoration Landscaping Company works with IGP to install gardens at prisons across California.

California native Grasslands Association

Billy serves as a board member of the California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA). He is chair of the outreach and development committee, writes a quarterly column on native landscaping for the journal Grasslands (a peer-reviewed journal published by CNGA) and organizes naive landscaping workshops for the public.

Summer 2017 Newsletter: p.17: Native Landscaping Snapshots

Fall 2017 Newsletter: p.14: Sticky Plants in Your Garden

Winter 2018 Newsletter: p.14: Creating Structured Native Meadows for Landscapes



The Garden Conservancy Award – A Garden that Ages Well honors a garden that exhibits a strong design idea that will mature gracefully, demonstrating the ability of a garden, as a living work of art and horticulture, to absorb, orchestrate, and take advantage of ongoing change and growth as it moves into the future.

American Horticultural Society Award

Stephon clark family home

The Clark family lost their son on March 18th, 2018. Restoration Landscaping Company donated time and equipment to support the building of their home landscaping.

Design by Atlas Labs

Design by Atlas Labs


Billy has studied the ecological and evolutionary interactions between plants and insects since his sophomore year at Brown University. He completed his PhD at UC Davis in 2015 and briefly worked as a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Arizona before running RLC full-time. Billy has published a number of peer-reviewed research papers on plant-insect interactions, particularly in native California systems, and strives to link his landscaping work with rigorous ecological research.


The Stickey Fruit of Manzanita: Potential Functions Beyond Epizoochory

Entrapped Carrion Increases Indirect Plant Resistance and Intra-Guild Predation on a Sticky Tarweed

Generalist and Sticky Plant Specialist Predators Suppress Herbivores on a Sticky Plant

Sticky Plant Traps Insects to Enhance Indirect Defence

Ecoinformatics for Integrated Pest Management: Expanding the Applied Insect Ecologist's Tool-Kit

Host-Plant Stickiness Disrupts Novel Ant-Mealybug Association

Mirid (Hemiptera Hetero) Specialists of Sticky Plants: Adaptations, Interactions, and Ecological Implications

Why Plant Trichomes Might Be Better Than We Think For Predatory Insects

Banasa sordida (Uhler) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae): Monterey Cypress and Gowen Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa, C. goveniana; Cupressaceae) as Host Plants in Coastal California

Kleidocerys obovatus Van Duzee (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae: Ischnorhynchinae): New Distribution Records and Habits of an Apparent Seed Specialist on Cypress, Hesperocyparis spp. (Cupressaceae)


Billy has given numerous presentations on his research and regularly guest-lectures at American River College and UC Davis. You can see him speaking at CSU Chico here.