Thanks to various teachers and her parents, Melinda found her passion for gardening at a young age. She has a Masters in Horticulture but never dissected a frog – only plants. Her Dad had an amazing vegetable garden that he did not let anyone else tend until he did some work overseas. He left detailed instructions for Melinda and her mom to plant the garden so he could finish out the growing season when he returned.
That love of gardening translated into a career where Melinda inspires and educates new and experienced gardeners of all ages through her various outreach efforts. She is a TV/radio host, author & columnist. Melinda Myers hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. The teacher in her has driven the creation of more than 20 gardening books and decades of gardening columns that appear in Birds & Blooms magazine, Wisconsin and Chicagoland Gardening magazines, and hundreds of other magazines and newspapers across the country.
Growing young gardeners has always been an important part of her mission. She loves working with her daughter and grandkids in the garden, planting with neighborhood children and working with school and community groups to help them have fun and be successful in their gardening endeavors.
Melinda is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award. When Melinda’s not out getting dirt under her fingernails, she’s thinking of new ways to encourage kids to have fun and learn through gardening in the classroom, with their family, at public events and through various projects that can be found at www.MelindaMyers.com.
She hopes that together we can grow a kinder and gentler world one garden and gardener at a time. And getting kids involved is a great way to move us toward that end.