Building Community in the Herb Garden
with Kelly Fernandez, head gardener of the Herb Garden, The Huntington
Friday, April 26, from 2:00-3:00pm ET
$15 AHS members/$20 non-members


This virtual workshop will explore the value of garden spaces as catalysts for community-building and growth, as well as ways to build garden community through programs and events. Kelly Fernandez will offer reflections on her 15-year tenure as the Herb Gardener at The Huntington Library and share models for garden programs, events, and volunteer trainings, emphasizing the significance of cultivating an entry point and a deep connection with the natural world to nurture a strong sense of community. The reflections will be followed by guided workshop time for participants to brainstorm ways to build community in their own gardening efforts.

Kelly Fernandez is the Head Gardener of the Herb and Shakespeare Gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Her journey in gardening began in 2008 and has blossomed into a lifelong dedication to learning about the interconnection between plants and the human experience. With a diverse set of credentials, including a Horticultural Therapy certification (2015) and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (2021), Fernandez strives to share her love for gardening and believes in the beneficial aspects of fostering a sense of well-being through connecting to the natural world.