Retired Marin librarian goes from nurturing students to nurturing her garden

Brenda Brown was involved with schools throughout her career in Marin County, but in retirement, she’s turned her attention from nurturing students to nurturing her garden.

“Like teaching, gardening is challenging but the results are gratifying,” says Brown, librarian for the San Anselmo School District and the Branson School, and the founding school librarian at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. “It gives me pleasure to be in the yard, looking at flowers or helping harvest or even seeing results after weeding.”

While the Corte Madera resident says she and her husband were always conscientious about weeding and maintaining their trees and shrubs while they worked, “it’s only been since our retirement that gardening has become a major endeavor and essential to our well-being.”

Brown grew up in San Francisco, in apartments without gardens, until she was 21 years old, but loved visiting gardens and learning about them

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