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Melinda Myers

location-pin Milwaukee, Wisconsin

School: The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Expertise: Gardening, Outdoor Lifestyle

Melinda Myers

  • President and CEO of Melinda Myers. LLC (2006 to present)
  • Twice tenured in two different educational institutions
  • Horticulture instructor with tenure at Milwaukee Area Technical College (1994-2006)
  • Associate professor at University of Wisconsin Extension (1981-1991)
  • Assistant City Forest & Landscape Operations Supervisor for the City of Milwaukee (1991-1994)
  • Director of the Young Adult Conservation Corps (1979 to 1981)
  • Instructor for The Great Courses How to Grow Anything DVD and Instant Video series: Your Best Garden & Landscape in 6 Lessons, Container Gardening Tips and Techniques, Make your Trees and Shrubs Thrive, and Food Gardens for Everyone
  • Written over 20 books on gardening-related subjects including: Birds and Blooms Ultimate Gardening Guide, Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the recently released 2nd edition of the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook
  • Columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (1986 to present)
  • Nationally syndicated gardening column (2013 to present)
  • Past columnist and contributor to: Chicagoland Gardening (2015 to 2019), Wisconsin Gardening Magazine (2012 to 2019), and Gardening How-To (2012 to 2015)
  • Articles published in Better Homes & Gardens, Fine Gardening magazine, and Redbook magazine
  • Editor of the Wisconsin Arborist Association Newsletter (1993-1998)
  • Nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV (2007 - present) and radio segments (2010 - present)
  • 70 to 80 in-person presentations each year at events around the country on various horticulture/gardening topics
  • 15 to 20 webinars each year on various horticulture/gardening topics
  • Hall of Fame, Garden Writers Association (GWA): The Association for Garden Communicators (2017), the highest honor that can be given to a member
  • American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award (2013)
  • Wisconsin Green Industry Federation Hall of Fame member (2012)
  • Perennial Plant Association Garden Media Award (2007)
  • Honorary Life Member Award from Wisconsin Arborist Association (2005)
  • Philanthropic Award for work with Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens (2004)
  • GWA Garden Globe Award for Radio On-Air Talent (2003)
  • GWA Quill & Trowel Award for On-Air Talent (1998)
  • American Nursery and Landscape Association's Garden Communicator of the Year Award (1998)



Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books. She hosts the nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV and radio segments and is the instructor for The Great Courses How to Grow Anything DVD and Instant Video series. Melinda is a dynamic presenter, appearing at many events throughout the country each year. She has received recognition and numerous awards, including the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and was inducted into The Association for Garden Communicators Hall of Fame.


Master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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