Skip Kimura began studying horticulture and design in 1975, and was an apprentice with the British horticulturalist Alan Chadwick, known for the development of the Biodynamic French Intensive system of organic gardening.
Skip later designed and planted the beautiful two-acre organic landscape and production garden at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center in Muir Beach, California. For more than three decades he has designed and cared for large and small home gardens and orchards in the Bay Area, and is particularly known for his fine pruning techniques and work with fruit trees.
He has also worked in the field of horticultural therapy as director of Growing Enterprises of Marin, a gardening and nursery program for developmentally disabled adults. GEM's garden later became an award-winning garden of the Edna McGuire Elementary School.
His teaching practice includes classes in pruning, composting and general horticulture at Green Gulch Farm, San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, Waldorf Institute of Mercy College, Master Gardeners of Marin, and Smith and Hawken.