Family Garden Education

Join us in the Secret Garden to explore, learn and watch things grow!

Family Garden Education is a weekly, year-round family program using horticultural themes, literature, games and crafts where one can learn and celebrate all that natures teaches us.  In the gardening season, the dedicated team of Master Gardeners guide families as they plan, plant and harvest the vegetable garden together. Families are also included in helping to plant the fairy garden, bulbs, and study the wild life.  Rain or shine, the Family Garden Education program brings families together for love and learning! Enjoy photos of The Secret Garden below!

Ann Philips, Lead Master Gardener

Meet Ann Phillips

As the lead gardener for our 16 Master Gardener volunteers, Ann Phillips readily calls upon everything she has learned in her studies to help tend to and develop the Secret Garden. Once she “graduated” from her career as a Children’s Reference Librarian at the Wauwatosa Public Library, she took the opportunity to train with the UW-Extension and became a certified Master Gardener in 2001. She has led her team of volunteers ever since the garden’s first spring in 2002.

Aside from being Master Gardener, she also holds a weekly garden education story time. Her thoughtful presentations help families relax and learn through the eyes of a child. Each spring, Master Gardeners plant produce in the Secret Garden which gives families an opportunity to plant, cultivate and learn about the health benefits of vegetables and herbs. Most importantly, our families have a variety of home-grown produce available that they have nurtured themselves.

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