Billy Goodnick

Billy Goodnick, Santa Barbara Landscape Architect, author, Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space into the Garden of Your Dreams

At the insistence of his parents, Brooklyn-born Billy Goodnick was transplanted to LA at age eight, studied music, and became an in-demand touring and Hollywood studio drummer. “As fate would have it, I stumbled upon the exquisite art of bonsai,” he reports. “I turned my life on a dime, dropped my drumsticks, and started a journey into the world of plants.” For 22 years, Billy Goodnick served as City Landscape Architect for Santa Barbara and now provides customized residential design in the Santa Barbara area. He has taught design at Santa Barbara City College, Master Gardeners and adult education, also traveling the country speaking at botanic gardens and garden shows. As an award-winning designer who worked his way up from swinging a pick to landscape architect, his presentations are enriched by years of professional design practice and animated by his earlier life as an entertainer.