The Gardening Tutor knows that gardens can be exciting places and are an integral part of your home and entertaining life. Gardens can also provide solace and serenity when you need a place to reflect. Mary Frost is The Gardening Tutor and has been gardening for over 19 years. In 2001, while waiting for her arm to heal from an injury, Mary decided to take an ornamental grasses class at the Santa Rosa Junior College. A real passion for learning more about horticulture grabbed Mary during the very first class. Four years later, Mary graduated with highest honors and a degree in Landscape Management from Santa Rosa Junior College. Today Mary comes to your garden as The Gardening Tutor ready to work alongside you as she teaches you about horticulture. You may want The Gardening Tutor to return on a weekly or monthly basis for a while or perhaps once each season until you are confident in your own gardening ability.

Photo of Mary Frost in her garden


What I do is completely different than anyone else in the area. We are fortunate in Sonoma County to have many qualified landscape professionals but not everyone has a passion for teaching. I started The Gardening Tutor because I would see people install their own garden or hire a landscaping firm to install their garden and six months later the plants looked unhappy. I knew that people simply did not have the education to know what to do for each plant. I have a passion for teaching! I bring the classroom to you, teaching as you and I work alongside each other in your garden or while nursery shopping. My intention is to build your confidence for creating and/or maintaining your own garden.


Santa Rosa Junior College
· 2011 to Present-Member of the Santa Rosa Junior College
Adjunct Faculty in Ag/Natural Resources Department
· Associate Degree-Horticulture: Landscape Management 2005
· Career Certificate-Human Services: Alcohol and Drug Counseling 2005
· Associate Degree-Liberal Arts and Sciences, General 2004
· Career Certificate-Landscape Management 2002


2007-2010 Member of Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
Member of Santa Rosa Garden Club
· Membership Chair 2005
· Past President 2002
· Co-Vice President in charge of programs 2001
Member of California Association of Nursery Professionals
Member of American Clematis Society
Member of Redwood Empire Rose Society
Member of Redwood Chapter of California Rare Fruit Growers
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Employee of the Month
SRJC Horticulture Student of the Year
SRJC Deans List Highest Honors
SRJC Alumni-Lifetime Member
Member of Phi Theta Kappa Society


Jack of Jack Frost Concrete
Melanie of Melanie Rosales Design
Michele Brule and Dr. Barry Silberg
Jean Schettler
Jane Harper
Santa Rosa Garden Club Members
Santa Rosa Junior College Horticulture Department

The Gardening Tutor
Hands-on, Individualized Gardening Instruction
And Consulting
in Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, California

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