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Caring for your Fruit Trees....(read more tips here)

We’ve been busy sprucing up the website!! Now you can find all the newsletters for the last year in one place and the tips pages have . . . well, you’ll see! Take a look and enjoy.

Some very beautiful notecards are on their way! See our announcement at the bottom of this column.

Want to find more photos and tips? Check out our facebook page.


Designer's-Palette 3

Designer's P Before

Designer's P After

Selling Your Home?
Creating an inviting landscape can seal the deal when your house goes up for sale! This garden project took about six meetings with The Gardening Tutor. Within three weeks of deciding she wanted to sell her home, the landscaping was complete!

Contact Mary when you’re ready to embrace her “Do it Yourself with Help from The Gardening Tutor” concept of landscape design.




 Container Combos

There is so much texture and color going on in this raised bed container it feels like eye candy!!

Starting in the foreground with Aeonium; Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’; Carex ‘Auburn’; Ipomoea batatas (the purple/black cascading vine); Lantana; Achillea (Yarrow); Osteospermum; Gaillardia; Coreopsis; and Pennisetum setaceum (the yummy Purple Fountain Grass at the end). The three purples of the Aeonium, Ipomoea and Pennisetum bring this vignette together.

Want to learn more about container gardening? Contact Mary for an appointment 707.545.6863



Something exciting is on it's way!
The Gardening Tutor will soon be
offering notecard collections!
Each collection will contain 8 notecards with envelopes.

These beautiful cards are great for any occasion.
There are 4 designs in each collection, the interior is blank.

Notecards Collection One

Notecard Collection One
Watch for pricing and availablity on our Facebook page and web site! We’ll also be sending an e-postcard when our notecards are ready for purchase. 

Gardening Detective


Guess what this is...
These tiny (1/8 inch), white, round ball shapes were found in the soil near a plant. Are they:

A) Time Release Fertilizer
B) Snail Eggs
C) Water Holding Polymers

Check out The Gardening Tutor Facebook page for more details.

Answer at the bottom of this page.


Plant Suggestions for July


The beginning of August is your last chance to plant sunflower seeds. Planted now you’ll have sunflowers for October!!

Other plants in the nursery this month

Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’
  (Deep, Deep Blue)
Gaillardia pulchella



ETC Crop to this
Abutilon ‘Moonchimes’

Abutilon plants can be frost sensitive so plant them where they have some winter protection if you can. Abutilon prefers the bright light of dappled shade but can suffer in full sun. They tend to have lanky stems; in their native habitat they lean on trees for support. In the garden you may find that you need to keep them staked until the stems grow into sturdy branches.


Answer B) Snail Eggs


Roasted Figs
Roasted Figs and Rosemary

It’s barbeque time and roasting fruit on the grill really brings out their flavor! Here are some figs with honey and rosemary. You can also grill peaches, nectarines and plums and pineapple and...

Design Intensive
One-On-One Design Intensive

2.5-3.0 Hours
Hands On Lecture and Tasks

Learn How To . . .
• Think like a Garden Designer
• Choose Colors
• Arrange your Plants
• Decide on Quantity of Plants
and much, much more
This is a very interactive one-on-one meeting! Just you and Mary, The Gardening Tutor. You will be using the Demo Garden and props to help build your confidence for designing in your own garden! Bring your notebook and camera!

Contact Mary to schedule your One-On-One Design Intensive today.

Sometimes people experience trouble accessing the Gardening Tips.
Please let Mary know if you ever have any trouble with the emails she sends out,
this is the only way that we will know there is a problem. Thank you!
The Gardening Tutor
Hands-on, Individualized Gardening Instruction And Consulting in Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, California


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