Passion With A Purpose

I’ve enjoyed a long career as a development research professional in the non-profit industry. For the past twenty years, as an independent consultant, I’ve had many opportunities to explore and develop outside passions.

Kris Ethington, Landscape Designer & Nature Photographer.

My dedication to gardening led to my interest in natural ecosystems, environmental education and conservation. As a San Clemente Garden Club volunteer in southern California informally educating and inspiring children as future environmental stewards, California native plant gardens became the logical next step in my educational enlightenment. Over the last decade, the experience I’ve gained through gardening with natives increased my passion for community outreach and urban biodiversity.

Formalizing my horticultural education through the Sustainable Landscape Design program enabled me to work with clients to design their dream sanctuaries filled with beautiful, restorative, entertaining outdoor spaces that attract and sustain local wildlife while enriching lives with their presence.


  • B.A. in Business Administration, Marketing, California State University, Fullerton
  • Sustainable Landscape Design  Certificate, Saddleback College 
  • Courses: Intro to Landscape Design; Native Garden Design; Hardscape Fundamentals; CAD Fundamentals
  • Workshops by San Diego Chapter, CNPS: Integrating Sustainable Practices into Your California Native Garden, Winter 2020; The Resilient California Native Garden, Fall 2019


  • Former Member, Landscape Design Alumni Association of Saddleback College (LDAA)
  • Past Board of Directors, Orange County Chapter, California Native Plant Society (OCCNPS)
  • Former Garden Ambassador, California Native Plant Society (CNPS)… 
  • Past School Garden Liaison, San Clemente Garden Club, Palisades Elementary School
  • Former Board Advisor, San Onofre Parks Foundation


  • 2019 California Garden Clubs, Inc. – 1st Place Backyard Habitat Award
  • 2018 Roger’s Garden’s Grand Prize Winner – California Friendly Garden Contest
  • 2011 California Garden Clubs, Inc. – Youth Leader of the Year Award
  • 2006 Roger’s Garden’s Best DIY Garden Winner – California Friendly Garden Contest


Hosted Garden Tours

  • OC Chapter, California Native Plant Society Garden Tour 2018, 2019
  • San Clemente Garden Club Garden Tour 2018, 2008