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Scott Sohn

#180 Scott Sohn
(COD Alumnus Plant and Landscape Design Classes)

I always wanted to be an architect. Little did I know when I enrolled in a plant design course at College of the Desert (COD) that my life and career path would be changed forever. I’m not sure what it was about the plant design course that caught my eye - but things just clicked. I knew I wanted to design with plants,not with two-by-fours. Following completion of the class, I switched my major from architecture to landscape design - and the rest is history.

COD Professor Michael Watling had the biggest influence during my time at the College. Soon after, I decided to put my education and training to work, started my own landscape business and earned my contractor’s license in 1984.

It turned out to be a good choice. I love being outdoors, and I know if I had taken the other route, I would have been stuck in the office all day. I still hand set every boulder and hand select every tree.

There is spectacular evidence of the success of Sohnco Landscape, Inc., throughout the

desert and beyond. The professional accolades the company has received also demonstrate why my career switch was a wise move. We've earned three “Best in Show”awards for landscape designs from the California Landscape Contractors Association. In addition, I was recognized for excellence in landscaping with the Stuart J. Sperber Memorial Sweepstakes Award during the 2012 California Landscape Contractors Association convention.

Recognition and awards are nice ‘atta boys,’ but I share all of this success with my crews " some of whom have also attended College of the Desert. It’s just a confirmation of our training and ability to do quality work.