Paula Henson


After starting Terra Bella Landscape Design in 1998, Paula's award-winning garden designs led to her interest in water use and conservation. She created Terra Bella Water to promote education and resources about water in southern California. 

She has worked in environmental education, water conservation and landscape design since 1998. Paula loves teaching and writing about the environment: water, soil, gardens, insects. She has written for or taught at: City Kids L.A. School, Renaissance Arts Academy, USC School of Public Policy, National Youth and Children's Gardening Symposium, North American Association for Environmental Education, Pacific Horticulture magazine, APLD, ARCSA, Green Gardens Group (G3), Urban Water Group, Inc., The Designer magazine, and Tree People.


Member, SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
Member, Children’s Book Insider
Member, 12 x 12 Challenge
Pro Member, NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education)
Member, Natural Start Alliance
Speaker Training, Kiss the Ground
Resilient Schools Training, OAEC (Occidental Arts & Ecology Center)


Certified, EPA Water Sense -Watershed Wise Landscape Professional 
Facilitator Training Certificate, Project WET
Certificate, Horticulture & Gardening Program, UCLA Extension
Certificate, Early Childhood Education Program, UCLA Extension
B.A., Political Science, UCLA 

Favorite children’s author: Dr. Seuss