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Grow! with Katie Guest Mary Philllips

Posted by Courtney Brown on Fri, May 1, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Today’s guest on Grow! with Katie is Senior Director for Garden for Wildlife at the National Wildlife Federation, Mary Phillips!

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Mary provides strategic and operational oversight of the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ movement of 5 to 7 million people creating habitat where they live, work, play, learn, and worship.

Garden for Wildlife encompasses: Certified Wildlife Habitats®, Community Wildlife Habitats®, Schoolyard Habitats, Butterfly Heroes™, Mayors' Monarch Pledge™, and Sacred Grounds™. The Garden for Wildlife network now includes half of the National Wildlife Federation’s 52 state affiliate organizations and conservation education staff across seven regional offices.

She leads organization-wide workgroups for pollinators, monarchs, and other indicator species. She initiated the National Wildlife Federation’s collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to “Save the Monarch,” and then with the White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy regarding its Pollinator Health Action Plan.

As a co-founder of the National Pollinator Garden Network and Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, she facilitates the National Wildlife Federation’s engagement of more than 50 organizations across conservation, garden trade, and voluntary civic sectors, which has resulted in more than 1,042,000 registered pollinator gardens.

Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation in 2014, Phillips provided organizational development consultation to more than 40 national and local nonprofits as principal of MDP Strategies for two decades.

In 2009, Phillips also founded and operated The Abundant Backyard™, where she provided conservation landscaping consultation to individuals, schools, and community groups. Phillips is a Maryland Master Naturalist and has maintained a Certified Wildlife Habitat® since 2009.

On today’s episode we got to chat with Mary and make a yummy cocktail! Want the recipe?


Makes: 1 cocktail


  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 1-ounce pear juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • ½ ounce ginger-sage simple syrup

Ginger-Sage Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 one-inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 sage leaves with stems


  1. Add vodka, pear juice, simple syrup, lemon juice and bitters into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake, strain and serve.

Ginger-Sage Instructions

  • Place the water, sugar, ginger and sage in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes).
  • Turn off the heat and let cool completely.
  • Strain the syrup into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Check out today’s episode of Grow! with Katie LIVE with Mary Phillips!


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