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Certified arborist with emphasis in landscape horticulture, including design, utility line clearance and management of maintenance contracts. Experienced in development & presentation of community education events promoting arboriculture and landscape horticulture. Published horticultural author and journalist.





Leah Rottke

Adjunct Faculty

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My Classes

  • OH 102 - Xeriscape
  • OH 120 - Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture
  • OH 180 - Annuals and Perennials
  • OH 261 - Tree Surgery and Specialized Pruning Techniques
  • OH 263 - Urban Forestry


  • A.S., Ornamental Horticulture, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
  • B.A., Drama / Psychology, UCSD, San Diego, CA

Professional Experience

  • Area Forester, San Diego Gas & Electric Co
  • Agricultural Technician, San Diego County Dept. of Agriculture
  • Field Rep., City of San Diego Water Utilities, Water Conservation Program
  • Open Space Inspector, City of Chula Vista Parks Dept.



  • Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture
  • Member of Garden Writers Association, since 1997

  • Graduate of Consulting Academy, American Society of Consulting Arborists, 2003


  • Home Orchard Handbook, Quarry Books, 2011

  • Sudden Oak Death, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ASLA, 2003

  • Desert Bounty, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ASLA, 2003

    An additional 53 articles published in landscape trade periodicals, 1996 through 2003)


Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  April 10, 2013