The American Garden School

one class will change the way you garden


 Open Garden Day & Workshop
@ Kate Frey's garden

saturday, May 26th

Back by popular demand! Please join us for this great opportunity to see the principles and practices of The American Garden School expressed and demonstrated in Kate and her husband, Ben’s unique experiential and flower-filled garden in scenic Hopland, inland Mendocino county this fall.

Profusely planted, full of flowers, bees, bird song, and rustic structures created from wood Ben has resuscitated, it has many unique seating areas, and places to explore. Visitors call it an instant sanctuary. It is eight years old and is composed of native plants and  habitat plants that attract and support a wide variety of insects and birds as well as delighting our senses. There is a vegetable garden, many rustic structures, a hermit's hut, chicken palace (with the cutest chickens ever), bar, wood library, Swiss Chalet house, and whimsical gate posts. Surprises abound! 

The Workshop (9:30am-10:30am) will cover design, site preparation, building health soil, weed control, bees and wildlife in the garden, plant care, and will look at some great plant varieties. It will end with an irrigation system demonstration.

The Open Garden (10:00am-2pm) is available for people to wander and enjoy the unique and relaxing spaces of the garden.

Feel free to bring a lunch!



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300 Ralph Bettcher Dr.
Hopland, CA 95449


From the South:
Go up Highway 101 to Hopland, the very south end of Mendocino county. In Hopland, turn left on Mountain House Road. The turn is at the first gas station/burger place on the left.
Immediately after the big bridge behind the gas station, turn right on MacMilan. Then make an immediate left on Ralph Bettcher Drive. You will see the closed elementary school on your left.
#300 is the 2nd house on the right. Look for signs.

From the North:
Turn right on Mountain House road- just before the gas station. Follow the same directions.
Note: we are just 1 minute from Hwy 101.

Park anywhere along our road on the right on the wood chips. If it is full, there is lots of parking at the school in the parking lot. 


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