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Our story

The Garden Tutors was started in 2005 by Carole as a garden design and education business with the desire to help want-to-be gardeners learn the skills they need to be successful.  Gardening and gardening education has been in our blood for three generations beginning with Carole’s grandparents. They started a retail Nursery and Garden Center called Scenic Nursery in 1949 which grew and expanded with her father Jim Rogers until they won the Modesto Bee's best nursery 12 years in a row. Jim eventually closed the family garden center and installation company, Scenic Nursery, in 2011 with the thought toward retirement and to help out his daughter with her business.

Carole worked in the Nursery starting as a young girl and continued developing plant knowledge and then her design skills until she and her husband, Steve and two children, moved to Sacramento in 2004.  She started The Garden Tutors in 2005 as a garden consultation service. She expanded The Garden Tutors into a full-scale design service in 2012.



Carole Detherage

Founder - Designer

Carole's interest has always been in design and art. With thirty years in a combination of retail nursery business and garden design in Modesto and Sacramento puts her in a unique position to help you. Her nursery background gives her an extensive background in plants and trees to help choose the right plant for each spot. Her many years in garden design gives her the background to solve your unique problems.

She does the designing 

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