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4: Martin Petherbridge

Martin is the Leader at Garner Grows that acts as our public speaker. He was instrumental in helping to represent us when petitioning the Town of Garner to provide our garden with a new plot of land right in the heart of Garner, so that members would have easy access!

2: Tammy Kennedy

Tammy Kennedy has been a member since 2010 and was the first leader after Maggie. The plant geek of the group, she enjoys learning about any and all plants – the odder the better and is happy to share said knowledge if you ask. But, she’s a talker, so you’ve been warned! She also enjoys planning the crop rotations and raising butterflies. She feels the best part of the garden is the family that the members become.

3: Pam Bonilla

Pam has been a member of the garden since 2013 and quickly took on a leadership role. As our New Member Liaison, you will speak with her quite a bit if you choose to join our garden. She is also our Procurement Specialist; meaning she has a knack for finding garden supplies cheaper than dirt (pardon the gardening pun), or even for free!

1: Mary “Maggie” Tubilleja

Her given name is Mary, but she prefers to be called “Maggie”, and she has been with the garden since 2010 when she originally founded it! A self-proclaimed introvert, Maggie says she started the garden as a way to meet new people and it was successful beyond her wildest dreams!

5: Layla Bonilla

A garner resident born and raised, Layla joined Garner Grows in 2014, and took on a leadership role in 2019. Permaculture enthusiast and lover of all things livestock, Layla is your go-to person for questions about small scale animal care and homesteading.

Members at Work & Play

We are fond of saying that in our name “Garner Grows Community Garden”, the word “Community” is just as important as the word “Garden”! This gallery shows some of our fantastic community members working and playing together.


If there’s one thing more satisfying than seeing all your hard work growing in the garden, it’s seeing the bounty of that work when you harvest it!


Here you will find photos of some of the edible crops we have growing in the garden. There’s something satisfying about seeing your produce growing right out of the ground rather than stacked on a grocery store shelf!


Garner Grows isn’t just about edible plants, we grow ornamental plants as well. This gallery is pure eye candy… blooming with a collection of gorgeous flowers we have grown in the garden! It’s a veritable rainbow on the ground.

Sukuma Wiki (African Braised Kale with Tomatoes)

“Sukuma wiki” is a Swahili phrase meaning, depending on how you translate it, “week-pusher,” “push the week,” or “stretch the week.” A great way to use kale or collards in flavorful stew served as a side or on rice. A little cooked meat can be added as well if you’d like

Hot Sauce

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is general tips & tricks for making hot sauce. With these simple, tried and true methods you can’t go wrong

Ginger Ale Carrots

When we add a can of soda to this dish, the liquid cooks off, leaving a glaze of sweet caramelization on top of the carrots. It’s like a boost of flavor!


This is a light & refreshing, chilled, Spanish tomato soup. And when made with the season’s best ripe produce there’s no better way to beat the heat.

Eggplant Parmesan

This Eggplant Parmesan makeover skips the fry and bakes the eggplant until it has a crisp. A combination of part-skim ricotta, sliced mozzarella, fontina, and Parmesan cheese allows for even coverage without hiding the eggplant or adding too much fat.

10/11/2020 – The Spicy Post

THE SPICY POST: Some of us here at Garner Grows really love our peppers, especially those of us who start seedlings indoors each year. So naturally we end up with quite a few pepper plants growing.

1/13/20 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
We started off the year by breaking in a new fire ring. Kids were happily swarming around, playing in the branches and mulch pile between marshmallow roasting and peanut picking

6/2/18 – State Of The Berries Address

Blackberries are in season! Every few days we pick another 4-6 quarts. Red raspberries are also in season, but not as prolific. Blueberries and wineberries may be ready in a month. “The sweetness of the fruit is in the strength of the root.”