Geoff Coffey is president of Madroño Landscape Design Studio, a modern design/build firm in San Francisco, CA, and he is a principal of Bay Natives Nursery, the purveyors of local Bay Area native plants and other treasures.

As a writer, Coffey has published work in the San Francisco Chronicle, Planet magazine, Bay Nature magazine, and many others. He blogs at and Facebooks as Jefferson Davis Hogg, but he never tweets.

Geoff is the elder son of sculptor Mac Coffey, the lucky husband of designer Lotta Coffey, and the proud father of adorable Marlowe and Cal. In his spare time, he thumps the bass for Muppet Riot.

Upcoming, recent, and noteworthy:

March 25, 2012
Modern Materials for the 21st Century Garden
Live demonstration at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.

February 8, 2012
A Manzanita for Every Garden
Talk and slide show at the Eco-Center in Heron's Head Park, S.F.

January 11, 2012
Aesthetic Pruning & Propagation by Cuttings
Live demonstration at the Eco-Center in Heron's Head Park, S.F.

September 21, 2011
Native Plants through a Modern Lens
A talk and slide show at the California Academy of Sciences on modern design approaches using California native plants in the built landscape.

October 1, 2009
How Do Seeds Know Which Way Is Up? (KPIX-TV)
Interview on the CBS evening news.

May 19, 2009
Anatomy of a Green Wall (
The design and construction of a plantable retaining wall.

April 28, 2009
Native Plants for Clay (Association of Professional Landscape Designers)
Covering the best native plants for challenging soil conditions, this slide show for the S.F. chapter of the APLD is also open to the public.

March 19, 2009
The Many Faces of Manzanita (San Francisco Flower & Garden Show)
Seminar on valuable and emblematic native plants for Bay Area gardens.

January 1, 2008
Old Oaks for the New Year (Native Spaces)
Quercus agrifolia taught me to change my units of thinking about time.

September 25, 2007
Into the Inferno: the Science of Fire (KQED-TV)
Coffey appears on public television as a California native plant expert.

April 1 2007
Elements of Genius (
Emerging San Francisco artist Blair Bradshaw confronts irony at the elemental level.

Spring 2007
Whispers in the Water (Bay Nature magazine)
Landscape design and restoration at the Presidio's El Polin Springs.

May 17, 2006
Earth Stewards look beyond the street (S.F. Chronicle)
Native plants help keep troubled youth out of jail.

Winter 2006
Interview with designer Bruce Mau (Planet magazine)
Visionary thoughts on design in the modern world.

December 10, 2003
Garden Writer Grows His Base 
Praise for Coffey in Letters to the Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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