Kate Frey grew up in Berkeley, California. Her father was a librarian at the University of California, Berkeley and he instilled a love of reading and literature. She began her career of working with plants and interest in nature as a seasonal employee with the State Forestry, Federal Forest Service and California State Park system, where she worked fighting fires, on timber crews and on trails. At Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, California, where Kate worked for 18 years, she managed and designed the six-acre, profuse and colorful organic gardens, as well as extensive sustainable landscaping around the facilities and the Bonterra Ranch.
Kate earned a B.A. Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in English at Sonoma State University in 2006. In May 2003 her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in London won a silver/gilt medal, and in 2005 and 2007 her gardens, illustrating many elements of biodiversity and sustainability, won gold medals and were visited by the Queen. In 2009 she competed in the World Garden Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan. She currently works as a consultant, designer and a freelance writer, specializing in sustainable gardens that encourage biodiversity. In July, 2009 Kate became the Director of the Sonoma State University Sustainable Landscape Program.
Kate enjoys spending time with her grown children and grandson as well as writing, reading and traveling.