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Our Team

Our community garden is as much about community as about gardening. Like-minded people get along well.  Everybody brings something to it, and together it is better than one person’s contribution. Our membership is as diverse as the flowers and produce we grow, with people from all walks of life coming together to work in harmony towards a common goal.

At Garner Grows, it’s not “All work and no play”! In addition to all the hard work involved in maintaining the garden, we also engage in regular social gatherings. There’s casual conversation around the firepit after a day spent tending to the garden, as well as more organized and planned events like Potluck Dinners or group Field Trips. When you become a member of Garner Grows, you will grow not just food and flowers, but fellowship as well.

Board of Directors

Martin Petherbridge
Board Chair
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!

Maggie Tubillejo
Founder &
Board Secretary
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!

Pam Bonilla
Board Treasurer
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 our Procurement Specialist; meaning she has a knack for finding garden supplies cheaper than dirt, or even for free!

Tammy Kennedy
Chief Executive Officer
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.

Layla Bonilla
Chief Operating Officer
A Garner resident born and raised, Layla joined Garner Grows in 2014, and took on their current role in 2019. Their work securing grant funds was critical in funding our relocation to Thompson Road. Permaculture enthusiast and lover of all things livestock, Layla is your go-to person for questions about small scale animal care and homesteading.

Juliette Rouse
Chief Information Officer &
Website Administrator
Juliette is a recent member of our team. Her family has been involved with the garden for many years, but her disabilities discouraged her from joining. When she heard Garner Grows was in need of a Web Admin, she jumped at the chance to contribute to a worthwhile cause! She was pleasantly surprised to learn they also always find other work in the garden that is within her capabilities.
Advisory Board

Jackie Parker

Peter Kennedy

Jessica Jordan