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About Cathy D‘s

Cathy Dykstra photoCathy Dykstra was raised in the farm country of Wisconsin, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with degrees in Geology and English and credentials to teach both subjects at the high school level.

During her second year of teaching, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  After a year of chemo and radiation treatments, she was declared cured; however, she never went back in the classroom. Wanting to be outdoors, work hard and get healthy, she went to work for a landscape company and quickly fell in love with the art of landscape design. Enrolling in night school, she began taking classes in design, construction, and horticulture while working as a landscaper. After earning her contractor’s license, she started Cathy D’s Landscapes in 1988.

Her first piece of equipment was a weed eater purchased from a local hardware store.  The business has since grown to become one of the largest and most successful landscape companies in Nevada County.

With Nevada City as her home since 1987, she takes pride in knowing and working with her neighbors.


  • CLCA (California Landscape Contractor’s Association)
  • NCCA (Nevada County Contractor’s Association)
  • Better Business Bureau


  • Kare Crisis Nursery (Emergency Child Care)
  • Red Cross
  • The Booth Family Homeless Prevention House


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