Hello! I'm Memo Torres, born and raised while landscaping this great city.
My landscape lineage in this city runs as deep as its trees' roots, going back to my grandfather, who was among the first Mexican immigrants in the L.A. area to pass the contractors' state exam for his landscape license. Years later, his son-in-law, my father, did too. Watching my father learn the state law and botanical plant names in a new language was a feat that inspires and motivates me to this day.
Growing up, I was programming irrigation controllers before P.C.s came out, mixing cement, and learning the names of L.A.'s most common trees and plants. The two generations before me taught me that book smarts without hands-on experience are useless, but experience with book smarts makes you a force.
So, I continue my education regularly. I hold a B.A. from UC Berkeley, continued learning at UCLA's extension programs for landscape design and architecture, and periodically attend landscape seminars to stay informed and up to date on the latest practices, pests, plants, techniques, and technologies so that I can stay ahead for my clients.
I have a side quest involving food and writing, but we can talk more about that during lunch—it's on me.