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.


When Jim retired in Modesto and joined Carole in Sacramento, The Garden Tutors expanded its reach they decided to begin to move toward more installations and a more natural style ( not hedged)  seasonal maintenance.


With the addition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez as partner and project design and manager in 2012 a perfect trio was created and the company as it stands was born.  We are on our 5th year of operations in this capacity and we have experienced dynamic growth.  Its been an amazing ride so far, a learning experience and very fulfilling.  We are looking into the future to expand our horizons into creating beautiful, sustainable living and gardening spaces for our clients and to help maintain them to the highest possible standards.

Carole Detherage

Founder - Designer

Carole's interest has always been in design and art. With thirty years in a combination of the retail nursery business and doing 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.


Project Manager


With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry Gabriel has acquired part of his knowledge with "hands on" training in the field. With extensive knowledge of irrigation systems, personnel management and project retention in the commercial landscape maintenance field Gabriel has maintained high standards in the industry and has met customers expectations.


With an educational background in Architecture and drafting Gabriel understands every project needs in ways that others can't. An avid reader, musician, Gabriel enjoys nature and the outdoors, and this makes him understand the importance of the living space and the effect that this creates to people.


Jim is Carole's dad and they worked together for many years at the family business Scenic Nursery in Modesto. 

Between the nursery business and the landscaping business, he brings a extensive knowledge of the plant choices to create your unique garden as well as how to put them together with patios, arbors, and other hardscape items. His twenty years as the primary designer and supervisor for the landscape business in Modesto brings the ability to create unique gardens for you. 

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