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Kate Frey

Designer and ecological gardening educator and co-author, The Bee-Friendly Garden

Kate Frey managed and designed the famous edible gardens at Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, California for twenty years. In 2003, 2005, 2007 her gardens illustrating organic agricultural systems at the Chelsea Flower Show in London won a silver/gilt medal and two gold medals, and were visited by Queen Elizabeth. She has participated in garden shows in Japan and Malaysia. From 2009-2011 she consulted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a Prince’s organic farm. From 2009 – 2013 Kate was the director of the Sonoma State University Dept. of Extended Education Sustainable Landscape Program. She currently works as a consultant, designer, educator and a freelance writer, specializing in gardens and small farms with an ecological focus. She is the co-author of The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity, (Ten Speed Press, 2016). She is a frequent speaker and instructor for garden clubs, horticultural groups, and The University of California Master Gardeners Programs. Kate earned a B.A. Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in English at Sonoma State University in 2006.


How to Design Bee-Friendly Flower Gardens

Flower-filled gardens make us happy and can support many species of bees and other biodiversity beneficial to our gardens. We all desire our gardens to be colorful and interesting for many months of the year, yet what flowers appeal to which bees—and why? How can we create plant compositions that work well in the garden and also cater to bees’ needs? This seminar offers many colorful examples of lush floral gardens that support bees.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Gardening for Pollinators

Making Your Garden Bee-Friendly

Pollinators are essential to our environment, necessary for the reproduction of 85% of the world’s plant species and essential to our food supply. Now populations of common pollinators have declined by 90% in the past two decades. Join National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist David Mizejewski, Xerces Society’s Eric Lee- Mäder and author/designer Kate Frey as they share the essential practices and best plants every gardener should use to support the declining populations of pollinators. You CAN make a difference for them right in your own garden.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow