About the Team


About Bernie

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 Arboriculture 
  • California Landscape Contractors Association Pesticide Applicators Professional Association 
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Society 
  • Golden Gate Rose Society  
  • Friends of the Urban Forest  

Certificates and Licenses: 

  • 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


About Ray

After 30 years or so in the corporate world of accounting and office management, Ray walked away and took a new path. The garden path, as it were. Completing the Ornimental Horticulture program at City College of San Francisco with a Certificate in Landsc Desig, Ray joined the team at Dirty Hoe in 2007 and has been with the company ever since. 


About Rob

Education 2-Year Certificate Turfgrass Management,  Michigan State University B.A. Journalism, Business Minor, Valparaiso University   

Work Experience Over Ten Years Experience in Golf Course maintenance and management, including five years as an assistant superintendent.