Jocelyn Cohen is principal at Poetree Landscapes & Arboriculture. As a Certified Arborist and Certified Aesthetic Pruner I have extensive experience with pruning, tree care and land or garden restoration. I bring a deep understanding of the interfaces between forestry, arboriculture and urban forestry. My focus in each landscape or garden is to bring out the essence of the tree(s), combining sound horticulture knowledge, the needs of the client and the health and well being of the trees and shrubs.

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Jocelyn Cohen, Photo by Marie Kazan-Komarek
Jocelyn Cohen, Photo by Marie Kazan-Komarek
Jocelyn pruning cascading flowers in a planter box, photo by Alma Hecht

Professional Experience

Certified Aesthetic Pruner #028, founding member, 2011

Fine pruning & consulting, Proprietor DBA,  Poetree Landscapes & Arboriculture, 2003 – Present. Clientele includes homeowners, commercial sites and museums throughout the Bay Area including The Asian Art Museum Peterson Garden, California native gardens, Japanese influence gardens, street trees, home orchards and much more.

Apprenticeship with Dennis Makishima, Aesthetic pruner and bonsai master, hands on and philosophical training, bi-weekly all-day sessions, 2004-06

Certified Arborist, # WE-7063A, International Society of Arboriculture, 2004

Berkeley Extension, Garden Design Certificate, 2004

Merritt College Horticulture Department, Adjunct Faculty, Instructor in the Aesthetic Pruning Series

Merritt College and San Francisco City College, Horticulture course work, 2001-2005

WG-7 Gardener, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service. Responsible for garden maintenance in the 21 acre Sutro Heights Historic Park and surrounding areas. Only qualified arborist on crew, 2001- 2002

Urban Forest Council, City of San Francisco, 2005- 07

Board of Directors, San Francisco Tree Council, 2000-02

Senior Planning Information Architect,, Santa Clara, CA e-commerce service provider. Responsible for website planning and user interface, 1999- 2000

Project Management & Consultant, Design & Consulting for Online Projects, 1998- 99

Senior Designer & Art Director, Convivial Design, Inc. San Francisco, CA, 1992-1998

Helaine Victoria Press, Inc. Co-founder and Director, 1973-1990. Non-profit organization, became the first enterprise to publish postcards commemorating women from history.

Professional Memberships

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Western Chapter ISA, Aesthetic Pruning

Association, Merritt College Aesthetic Pruning Club, Adjunct Faculty – Merritt College

Horticulture Department, instructor in the Aesthetic Pruning series, East Bay Regional Parks

Botanical Garden – Docent and teacher of aesthetic pruning classes


University of California, Berkeley, Garden Design Certificate

Apprenticeship with Dennis Makishima, Aesthetic pruning

Merritt College, course work in landscape horticulture and landscape design

Academy of Art University, MFA Graphic Design

California Institute for the Arts, BFA Fine Arts Painting

Antioch College, course work in fine arts and philosophy

Indiana University, course work in fine arts and folklore