The American Garden School

one class will change the way you garden


kate frey

founder & head Instructor


Kate’s gardens are focused on nature.  She redesigned and managed the world famous, organic edible and ornamental gardens at Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland for twenty years. Her gardens won 2 gold medals and one silver-gilt medal at The Chelsea Flower Show in London where she twice met Queen Elizabeth. Her work has taken her to Japan, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, where she managed a Prince’s organic farm. In California she has designed and managed prestigious and important gardens such as The Melissa Garden in Healdsburg and Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol. Kate directed the program and taught Sustainable Landscaping at Sonoma State University Extended Education. She is now a consultant, designer, educator and writer with an organic and ecological focus for many different groups and gardens.

She has had many articles published in Pacific HorticultureGardens illustrated, and Garden Design magazines.

She is a regular garden columnist at the Press Democrat Newspaper.

Her book, Bee-friendly Gardening, co-written with Professor Gretchen LeBuhn, was published February, 2016.

You can see more of Kate's work at her website:




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