DATE: February 7, 2019

TIME: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lecture and wine reception


Some of us are born with a talent for gardening, others come to it later in life. Whether you are experienced or a novice, there is much to learn in order to create and maintain a successful garden. Ground Rules contains 100 essential “rules” for you to discover and use. The book is divided up into six complementary sections that take you from the planning stages, through the joy that plants bring, to soil and its important underground processes, how to be wise with water, being a good garden parent, ways to invite wildlife to your garden, and finally to creating a garden of earthly delights. Taken as a whole, it offers a system of practices and design considerations that address every aspect of gardening. This talk will go over the essential processes to create a healthy, beautiful successful garden that makes you happy.

Kate is a noted garden designer and eloquent advocate for nature. She designed and managed the famous organic public garden at Fetzer Vineyards, and important gardens such as The Melissa Garden in Healdsburg, Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol and recently, a pollinator garden at Cornerstone Sonoma. Her gardens won 2 gold medals and one silver-gilt 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. Kate is now a consultant, designer, educator and writer.

Her book, The Bee-friendly Garden, co-written with Professor Gretchen LeBuhn, was published February, 2016 Her book, Ground Rules was published 2019. Kate is a garden columnist for the Press Democrat newspaper.