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Bernard Corace

Owner Dirty Hoe Landscaping


My experience in horticulture began early—my mother liked to say that she had children in order to have little hands for pulling weeds. I spent my early adulthood studying history and philosophy in my home state of Michigan.   But what I learned most from my college years was that I am ill-suited to work indoors.   So after a collection of odd jobs from sailor and horse-handler to truck driver to bike messenger, I happily found my way back to the garden. 
Spending so much time with plants, I am continually amazed and surprised by the intelligence flora and its intricate relationship with their surroundings.   Each garden is its own classroom making my job both humbling and rewarding.   I try to bring this understanding to all of our garden design and care.
When I am not working I can be found exploring our city and state by car, bike or foot.  Lately, though, I can just as often be found puttering around my own garden while hanging out with my chickens.



  • San Francisco Professional Gardeners Association - President
  • International Society Of Arborticulture
  • California Landscape Contractors Association
  • Pesticide Applicators Professional Association
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
  • Golden Gate Rose Society
  • Friends of the Urban Forest

Certificates and Liscenses:

Landscape Design, 2005
Landscape Construction, 2005
Landscape Maintenance, 2005
Department of Horticulture and Floristry,
City College of San Francisco
California Landscape Contractor License # 889055
ISA certified arborist # WE-7512A
Qualified Applicator Certificate - Department of Pesticide Regulations, QC 93449

Internships and Fellowships:

San Francisco Professional Gardeners Association Fellowship, 2005

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum September 2004-December 2006

Friends of the Urban Forest, August 2003 - December 2003

Del Conte Landscaping-San Francisco Zoo Project, March 2003 - July 2003


City College of San Francisco

Environmental Horticulture,  2003-2004

Awarded First Semester Student Scholarship, 2003

Laura Kimball Petri Memorial Scholarship, 2004

Alice Eastwood Scholarship-Honorable Mention, 2004

Garden Study Club of the Peninsula,  2005

August Broucaret Scholarship, 2005

Western Michigan University

Philosophy/ History Double Major, 1990-1994

Awarded History Student of the Year Award, 1993-1994

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