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Julie Monson, a native Californian, grew up in Southern California.  She graduated from Stanford University and earned a Masters Degree in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.  After retiring from a career in university administration, she and her husband moved to West Marin.

Julie became an enthusiastic student in the Master Gardener Program sponsored by Marin County and University of California Extension, indulging a life-long interest in landscaping and gardening.  Beginning with a year in Dublin, Ireland in the early 1970s, Julie and her husband Jim, have traveled extensively in England, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan and China, often visiting and photographing famous gardens.