Family Garden Education

Ann Phillips, master gardener and former children’s librarian from Wauwatosa Public Library, presents a story hour twice a month that complements all ages. Ann uses literature, poetry and science to focus on horticultural themes. In these programs the principles of gardening for wildlife and using native plants are explored.

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Family Garden Education

Meet Ann Phillips

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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