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.
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.
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
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.
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.