Fleur Nooyen was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to the United States in 1984. She has lived in Los Angeles since 1997. After working for many years in the film and entertainment industry as a Set Buyer, collaborating with the Set Decorator, Art Director and Production Designer in the creation of sets and the translation of scripts into visual environments, she yearned to work on projects that would connect her more to the natural world.
Her love for nature brought her back to school in 2008, where she studied Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design at Mt. SAC, immersing herself in hands-on training. Besides becoming a horticulturist and landscape designer, she is also an ISA certified arborist, is trained in Integrated Pest Management, Irrigation Design, Installation and Maintenance and she possesses a Qualified Applicator License.
Fleur’s background is diverse and so are her interests. She loves to play with space and movement and the feelings a surrounding brings forth. Working on a garden, she sets out to create a habitat for creatures large, small or invisible to the naked eye. Soil micro-organisms, beneficial insects, birds, lizards – they all have an important function in a balanced ecosystem, supporting the health of a diversified palette of plants and trees.
The range of plant material she uses varies by client wishes and micro-climates occurring at their properties. Knowing beauty can sometimes be found in less water-thrifty plants, she is not opposed to using them as long as the garden as a whole has a light footprint on the earth. Most often her gardens will include edibles, as well as drought tolerant plants and trees from all over the world. Fleur has been working with California native plants for several years and two of the gardens she designed and installed were selected to be on the 9th and 10th annual Theodore Payne Garden Tour in April 2012 and 2013.
Fleur is the recipient of several scholarship and awards and is mentored by some of the best names in the fields of horticulture, arboriculture and landscape design. In addition to her studies at Mt. Sac, she studied Permaculture Design at the Four Elements Farm, an organic farm in Atascadero.
Fleur is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape designers (APLD), the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Western Chapter of ISA (WCISA), Street Tree Seminar, Inc., STMA, the California Native Plant Society, Southern California Horticultural Society and the California Landscape Contractor Association.
ISA Certified Arborist #WE9631A – ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.