Cooper Scollan, Owner

Cooper is a landscape developer, green roofer and bird enthusiast who works with property owners to create beautifully sustainable landscapes across the Monterey Peninsula. His love of horticulture began at an early age helping his mother in the garden, and his love of birds, insects and native habitats led him to begin his landscaping career in 1990, working with a tram that installed zen gardens around the peninsula. He founded Native Coast Landscapes in 2013.

 

Cooper studied horticulture, botany, plant propagation and landscape design at Monterey Peninsula College, College of Marin and Cabrillo College, specializing in integrated pest management, bio-dynamic farming, and organic farming. He got his BA from Dominican University studying Social & Cultural Studies and Psychology. There he teamed up with a botanist and propagated different types of salvias, dahlias and trees from all corners of the globe.

 

Cooper has worked extensively for California nurseries growing native and imported plants for green roof and landscape installations . He has designed, installed and maintained over 100 green roofs and walls throughout California, and was the head grower and co-designer of the California Academy of Sciences’ green roof. He was also the head designer of the notorious ‘Observation Deck’ native garden atop the Academy.

 

Cooper has received many awards and mentions, and was part of the team that won the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Green Roof Excellence Award in 2010, and the Cities Alive Extensive Institutional Award of Excellence from the Academy of Sciences in 2008. Cooper is active throughout the community as a guest lecturer at many institutions including the California Academy of Sciences, Monterey Peninsula College, and Carmel Middle School. He is also an active member and volunteer for the California Native Plant Society, American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), and the American Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA).