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 and tree risk assessor, is trained in Integrated Pest Management, possesses a Qualified Applicator License and is a G3 Certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional and an EPA Certified Irrigation Auditor. In addition to her studies at Mt. Sac, she studied Permaculture Design at the Four Elements Farm, an organic farm in Atascadero.
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 respective properties, which are located from the ocean to as far inland as Glendora. With an eye towards sustainability – she selects drought tolerant plants and trees from all over the world, in addition to creating enough space for edibles. 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. Fleur has been working with California native plants for 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 a member of the Association of Professional Landscape designers (APLD), the California Landscape Contractors Association, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Western Chapter of ISA (WCISA), Street Tree Seminar, Inc., the Los Angeles Mycological Society, the California Rare Fruit Growers, the California Native Plant Society, the California Garden and Landscape History Society, the Mediterranean Garden Society, and the Southern California Horticultural Society, where she serves as a board member as well.