Leslie Patten


Leslie Patten is a well-known landscape designer in the Bay Area of California. Her work has been featured in Mill Valley’s Outdoor Art Club Garden Tours, in the Marin Independent Journal, Marin Art & Garden Center tours, the Garden Conservancy, and Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program tours. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and went to college at the University of Santa Cruz. After college she spent the next thirty years living all over Northern California, in Lake, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz counties. She has hiked and backpacked all over the state, including desert, mountain, and coastal regions, gaining her familiarity with native plants and their habitats.

Leslie’s background is in horticulture and botany, but she also has naturalist training and worked for over eight years at a museum lab preparing wildlife specimens of museum quality. She has assisted with spotted owl studies, as well as wolf and grizzly bear studies as a citizen scientist. Her knowledge of tracking, wildlife, and native plants of the West greatly enhances her ability to create successful designs and wildlife gardens. Low water gardens has been her specialty in the Bay Area for over twenty years, but she also has designed tropical, English, and Zen gardens. Her expertise is best described as a habitat specialist.

She now splits her time between the wilds of northwest Wyoming and the Bay Area. Her ongoing blog can be seen at www.thehumanfootprint.wordpress.com. Her business website with photos of many jobs can be viewed at www.ecoscapes.net.

Where to find Leslie Patten online


Shadow Landscape: Stories from the Field
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 46,950. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
Naturalist Leslie Patten explores the vanishing world of American wildlife, some common to city backyards, others found only in remote spaces of our country. Each story is a new tale. From California to the Southwest to the Rocky Mountain West, Patten relates encounters with wolves, bighorn sheep, and even mysterious howls from banshees.
Koda and the Wolves: Tales of a Red Dog
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 15,690. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Wolves & Coyotes
Koda tells his story of what it's like living next to Yellowstone National Park. Koda, a golden retriever, moved to Wyoming when he was a young pup. He had to learn lessons about grizzly bears, moose, and other wildlife. But Koda’s main tale is what he learned from living among wolves. Koda works on a wolf study, and meets the most famous wolf in the world—Yellowstone’s wolf 06.
Biocircuits: The Natural Tool that Promotes Sleep, Boosts Energy, and Expands Awareness
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 65,840. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
Want to transform your energy quickly in a way that boosts your health?  Biocircuits draw your body and mind into deep relaxation and refreshment. Lie on these easy-to-use tools, and your natural energies flow strongly into balance, drawing you into profound states of cellular and neurological repair, realignment and rejuvenation.
Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion's Soul through Science and Story
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 86,680. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Nature
Conducting over 50 interviews with leading mountain lion biologists, conservationists, professional trackers, and houndsmen, the author explores what its like to be a mountain lion. This book highlights the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of research.
The Wild Excellence: Notes from Untamed America
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 68,570. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Environment, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
From her humble six-acre patch among the pines, Patten has experienced more land-use and wildlife issues than most Westerners encounter in a lifetime. Patten digs into everything, from archaeological preservation to trapping to wolf and grizzly management, probing the bones of each with a thoughtful calm born of research and experience. This updated edition has new photos and a new preface.
Gardening for a Dry California Future
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Gardening » Regional / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Plant a beautiful low water landscape with these tips from a veteran designer. California will be facing more and more water shortages in the future. Patten gives you step-by-step instructions on new low water lawns, veggie and fruit trees, low water edible landscapes, how to successfully grow natives, how to care for your Oak trees, meadow planting and more.
Designing Your Garden: How to Navigate a Design and Installation for Your Yard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Gardening » Garden Design
With this eBook, homeowners can now easily know how to choose the proper design elements for their home. Simple landscape design basics are described, as well as how to measure your property, work with and choose a designer or contractor, know where to place patios, keep your design in scale with your house. A design checklist and 26 full color photos are included
Decomposed Granite and Other Materials for Walkways and Patios
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,600. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Decks & patios
Decomposed Granite (DG) for the homeowner, explained for do-it-yourselfers as well as those hiring a contractor. Make sure your DG sets up hard and not mushy, edging considerations, drainage, colors, and alternatives to the hardeners. A special section on other materials and when to use them, such as concrete, pavers, mortared flagstone and flagstone set on sand or DG. 26 color photos.