Welcome!Welcome to Kate Frey Sustainable and Organic Gardens.
The Melissa Garden
Kate began the process of designing the Melissa Garden in late 2006, after the Fetzer Garden where Kate had worked for 20 years had been closed. Barbara and Jacque Schlumberger invited her to design the garden, a honey bee sanctuary, at their home property in Healdsburg, California. The goal of the garden was to design a garden with plants with copious amounts of nectar and pollen to support the honey bee colonies Barbara had on the property, and demonstrate natural beekeeping where bees could live natural lives instead of being manipulated. Barbara promoted letting the bees make their own comb, allowed them to swarm, let them feed on their honey, let the queens stay until the hive replaced them, and wanted to plant a garden full of flowers they loved. With the help of Juan Rodrequiz, we installed the garden during the winter and had it planted full of flowers for the spring and summer of 2007. The honey bees were happy as well as many native bees, beneficial insects, butterflies moths, and many other organisms- besides our human guests. We had thought that mainly bee keepers would be interested in the garden, but people interested in nature, the environment, appropriate or sustainable gardening, UC Master Gardeners, garden clubs, and habitat gardening were eager to come and share thier stories of connections with people, nature, plants and wildlife. We have come to consider The Melissa Garden as a habitat garden where all organisms- human or otherwise are more than welcome! please see the website for lots more photos and information including monthly tours- May through October. themelissagarden.com