Denise Buchanan, Ph.D., BA, MA, MLA, ASLA


Ph.D., Psychoneurology and Integrative Health, Beurin University, Woodland Hills, CA Studies in Behavioral Psychology M.A., Psychology, University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA Studies in Psychology and Human Behavior MLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph - Guelph, ON, Canada Major in Landscape Architecture, Minor in Urban Planning and Design B.A., Mass Communication, University of the West Indies - Kingston, Jamaica Studies in Print, Radio and Television Communication

Dr. Denise Buchanan has been creating sustainable and water-wise landscapes throughout the greater Los Angeles area over the last 25 years. She is a licensed Landscape Contractor and Member of the American Association of Landscape Architects. She has extensive knowledge and professional experience in contemporary planting design for various urban, cultural and global conditions and her projects have been featured on HGTV's "Ground Rules," the Bravo TV series "Flipping Out" and the Etherworks Production "Sold on Green." She is the President of a landscape design-build firm known as Sacred Garden Designs which was a 2015 Sustainable Business Council Nominee for the Best Public Advocate for Sustainability. Dr. Buchanan developed college curricula in landscape design and taught at college campuses in Canada and California. Dr. Denise Buchanan is interested in the cultural and psychological factors that influence human behavior in the urban environment and she has worked on projects throughout the USA, Canada and Internationally in urban design and planning, water resource management, habitat restoration, community and school education program design, park master planning, therapeutic landscapes and streetscape improvements. Dr. Denise Buchanan is a published author, an Award Winning Toastmasters International Public Speaker and a human rights advocate and speaks at events internationally.

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Currently Teaching
  • 538L
    Urban Plant Ecology- Cultural Perspectives
    Urban Plant Ecology- Cultural Perspectives
    Landscapes are living systems that can contribute to the health and success of urban environments. Learn to apply concepts of plant ecology and plant physiology to landscapes throughout Southern California. Discussions, site visits, and on-campus planting studies will expose students to the cultural, aesthetic, and functional roles of landscapes. Students will prepare sustainable planting concepts for urban landscapes.
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