Casey Lyon, Founder and Sole Proprietor of Habitat Gardens, is a leading expert in Native Gardens and Green Roof technologies. Trained at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a degree in Horticulture that focused on Restoration Ecology, he has built over 150 native gardens and living roofs while collaborating with the best landscape architects and designers in his field. He has won several awards for his living roofs and has had his gardens featured in Garden Design Magazine and Gardens Illustrated.
He has been highlighted on the television program ‘Big Ideas for a Small Planet’ that featured his work on the California Academy of Sciences living roof. He is also developing the first master gardener program that focuses on native plants and best practices for utilizing their potential for aesthetic balance and beauty while maintaining responsible water use practices. Recently, he has focused on rainwater catchment systems that collect and re-use water for his gardens and roofs.
Cody is a manager at Habitat Gardens and has been in the horticulture field for over 12 years. From native landscapes to green roofs, he has had the opportunity to learn from the best in the business to build state of the art skills.
He has been with Habitat Gardens for 6 years and his work has focused on building and maintaining landscapes, water features, erosion control, restoration, water catchment, outdoor lighting, grading and green roofs.
Awie Smit recently joined Habitat Gardens after spending over 12 years in marketing at Visa Inc. (Global Sponsorships). He is leading sales and marketing at Habitat Gardens as well as managing Bay Area projects.
Awie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, majoring in Entomology and Plant Pathology. He also completed a one year post graduate degree in Plant Pathology. To further compliment his credentials, he is currently enrolled in the Environmental Horticulture program at the City College of San Francisco. He also successfully completed an extensive green roof workshop to secure his accreditation as a Green Roof Professional (GRP).
Cameron formally joined Habitat Gardens as a manager in 2010 following many years working with the company as a subcontractor. Cameronís interest in landscaping began as a child working on his familyís farm. While at college he worked at various wineries during harvest seasons and for three years after college he was a vineyard manager at premium grape grower Burden Farming. In 2002, he started his own landscape construction business and quickly found a niche creating outdoor masterpieces for clients to enjoy. He has an Agribusiness degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has a vast array of experience that pertains to more than simple Landscape Construction. Cameronís experience and work ethic makes him an invaluable contributor to the Habitat Gardens Team.