Thursday, August 27, 2015

Judy Thomas

Bay Area Plant Consultants

Location: Oakland CA

1 (510) 568-2960



Arboricultural and horticultural consultant for homeowners, attorneys, cities and various companies in the Bay Area.
Guest speaker for professional and civic groups (e.g. master gardeners and garden clubs) on mediterranean plants and various arboricultural topics.

Board Certified Master Arborist 0113B with the International Society of Arboriculture.
Registered Consulting Arborist #484 with The American Society of Consulting Arborists.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualified with the International Society of Arboriculture.
Aesthetic Pruning Certificate from Merritt College, 1998. Certified Aesthetic Pruner 009, Aesthetic Pruners Association, 2011.
Member of the California Arborists Association.

(Consulting arborists are used to help resolve homeowner plant disputes, view and tree hazard issues, plant selection and care issues,  and assess the values of trees and other plants. We work with attorneys and insurance companies in litigation.)


Judy was a Horticulture Instructor at Merritt College in the Peralta Community College District, from 1977-2007, teaching full-time for 30 years.

She taught basic courses including Introduction to Lan. Hort., Arboriculture,  Turf Management and Plant Terminology. She also taught Plant Identification classes on Trees, Groundcovers and Vines, Shrubs, CA Natives, Herbaceous Plants, and Tropical Plants. In addition,  Judy taught classes in Forestry, Redwood  Ecology, Desert Studies classes in the Environmental Studies Department. She is the owner of Bay Area Plant Consultants, offering arboricultural and horticultural consulting for cities and homeowners in the Bay Area.

Judy Thomas's Education

San Jose State University

M.A., Biology

Activities and Societies: Thesis written on Fire Ecology of Giant Sequoias

Stanford University

M.A., Education

Activities and Societies: Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential in Biology

Stanford University

B.A., Biology

Activities and Societies: Stanford Alpine Club, Sigma Alpha Iota Musical Sorority, Stanford Symphony Orchestra on violin

Contact Judy for:

  • general information
  • consulting requests
  • referrals to arborists and horticulture people

Organizations to which Judy belongs:

(APA) Aesthetic Pruners Association