Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers is the 2013 recipient of the national American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, The Birds & Blooms’ Ultimate Gardening Guide, and Jackson and Perkins’ Beautiful Roses Made Easy: Midwestern Edition. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 130 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. as well as The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series (2013). She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda also has a regular column in the nationally distributed Gardening How-To magazine as well as Wisconsin Gardening magazine. She appears regularly as a guest expert on various national and local television and radio shows.
Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist, was a horticulture instructor with tenure and is currently on the board of directors for the International Society of Arboriculture.
She is a dynamic presenter who travels the country each year, appearing at many of the major flower shows and home & garden events.
Prior to her current media work, Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” on PBS. She also hosted "Yardworks," a nationally syndicated yard care and garden show where she interviewed celebrities right in their own gardens. Additionally, she was a contributing editor and columnist for Backyard Living magazine and has written articles for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine Gardening.
Melinda has written many books throughout her career, including Can't Miss Small Space Gardening, Jackson and Perkins’ Selecting, Growing and Combining Outstanding Perennials: Midwest Edition, The Garden Book for Wisconsin, Month-by-Month Gardening in Iowa, Month-by-Month Gardening in Nebraska, Month-by-Month Gardening in the Dakotas, My Wisconsin Garden: A Gardener’s Journal, Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin, Month-by-Month Gardening in the Prairielands, The Minnesota Gardener’s Guide, The Minnesota Horticultural Society’s Month-by-Month Gardening in Minnesota, and The Perfect Lawn: Midwest Series.
For her work, community service and media presence, Melinda has received recognition and numerous awards, including the Garden Globe Award for radio talent and the Quill and Trowel Award for her television work, both from the Garden Writers Association. She has also been awarded the Garden Communicator’s Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association, the Gold Leaf Award for Arbor Day from the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Perennial Plant Association Garden Media Award. In 2012, Melinda became the first woman inducted into the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation Hall of Fame and in 2013 she won the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.