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Upcoming Appearances

UPCOMING APPEARANCES & WEBINARS:

Sept. 10, 2022
Pasquesi Home & Gardens


11 a.m. - Noon - Fall is for Planting!
The soil is warm and the air is cool, making it a perfect time to add plants and bulbs to the garden. Melinda will discuss perennials and shrubs that provide multiple seasons of beauty as well as spring flowering bulbs sure to brighten your early season landscape. Plus, she’ll cover planting and care tips to help your new additions get off to a great start!

12 - 1 p.m. - Question and Answer session with Melinda

Location:  Pasquesi Home and Gardens, Lake Bluff, IL

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Sept. 24, 2022
Ebert's Greenhouse Village


11 a.m. - Preparing Your Garden for Winter
You worked hard planting and tending your landscape throughout the summer. Make sure your plants are ready for our challenging winter ahead and ready for an eye-catching spring display. Melinda will discuss what plants to leave standing over winter for you, the pollinators, and birds to enjoy and those that need to be pruned now or next spring. Melinda will share tips on mulching to increase winter survival and proper lawn fertilization as well.

Location:  Ebert's Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Rd, Ixonia, WI 53036​​​​​​​

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Sept. 25, 2022
Historic Milwaukee Doors Open 


11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Melinda will be on hand to answer your gardening questions in the beautiful gardens at Sanger House during Historic Milwaukee’s 2022 Doors Open event. Gather inspiration as you stroll around through the gardens and find solutions to your garden design and growing challenges.

Location:  Sanger House Gardens, 1823 N Palmer St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Oct. 14 - 16, 2022
NARI Milwaukee Home & Remodeling Show


October 14, 2022
Low Maintenance Gardening to Boost your Landscape’s Beauty

We all want beautiful landscapes that require minimal care. Melinda will cover strategies to help you reduce maintenance while keeping your landscape looking great. She’ll highlight low maintenance plants to add and those to avoid when trying to reduce ongoing maintenance. Then she’ll move onto design and ways to create big impact while reducing care. This combined with a few key maintenance techniques can help save you time while boosting your garden enjoyment.


October 15, 2022
Budget Saving Ways to Expand Your Indoor and Outdoor Plant Collection

Expand your indoor and outdoor plant collection without breaking the budget. Melinda will discuss and demonstrate several propagation methods suitable for various plants growing indoors or outside. Taking cuttings, layering, and division are just a few of the techniques she’ll cover. Plus, she’ll share tips to help increase your success when expanding your plant collection.


October 16, 2022
Create Year-round Color in Any Size Landscape

Add year-round color and beauty by selecting the best plants for your landscape. Melinda will take you through the seasons to discover plants that add beauty to your landscape throughout the year with their flowers, fruit, fall color, form, and texture.  She’ll highlight plants suitable for the various growing conditions in Wisconsin gardens.

Venue: Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, West Allis, WI
 

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October 26, 2022
Webinar: Year-round Perennial Garden Maintenance

6:30 p.m. CT - Develop a year-round plan for keeping your garden looking its best. Melinda will take you through all four seasons of perennial garden care. We will discuss perennial gardening tasks from planting to winter care and all the needed maintenance in between. This includes deadheading, digging, dividing and pest management. By the end of the session, you’ll have a calendar of care to help you boost your perennial garden’s beauty with the level of care you choose to provide. 

This webinar is free, but registration is required.

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Nov. 2, 2022
Webinar:  Boosting the Beauty of and Propagating Houseplants

Melinda will start by sharing tips for increasing the beauty of your houseplants with a bit of pinching and pruning. These will promote more compact, fuller growth and contain vigorous plants to their available space. Melinda will also explain when you should pinch, prune and propagate. Lastly, she’ll discuss the various propagation methods for the variety of plants you may have growing in your indoor garden so you can expand your indoor plant collection. 


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ON DEMAND WEBINARS:

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Maintaining Your Landscape with Pollinators in Mind

You can have a landscape that you and pollinators enjoy. A few changes to the way we maintain our plants and manage insect pests and diseases can help create a safe environment for pollinators. We’ll cover pollinator-friendly care to keep your landscape healthy and looking its best throughout the year. Then we’ll explore ways to manage the space without harmful chemicals to keep plants and visiting pollinators healthy.

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Supporting Native Bees 

The plight of the honeybee has been in the news for years, but our native bees are just as important for the pollination of many of the flowers and foods we eat. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world – 4,000 of them are native to the United States and 500 have been identified in Wisconsin. Learn more about these important pollinators and how to attract and support them in your gardens.

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Creating a Pollinator Paradise 

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to thank. These essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty we enjoy each day. Create the right habitat and you can fill your landscape with bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators. We’ll discuss plant selection, design strategies and plant care to help attract and support pollinators.  Soon you’ll be enjoying their beauty and increased productivity in your garden!

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Webinar:  How to Plant a Rain Garden

You’ve selected the location, purchased your plants and now you are ready to start planting. We’ll take a step-by-step approach to make this process as easy as possible. We’ll discuss fine-tuning the garden design, preparing the planting bed, and setting the plants in place for an attractive display. Once in the ground, you’ll need to provide your plants a bit of TLC the first few years as they develop a deep, drought-tolerant root system. Once established, you’ll enjoy the many benefits with minimal maintenance.

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Food Gardening in Containers
 

Bring the garden to your back door, balcony or deck. Whether gardening in a small or large lot, keep your favorite herbs and vegetables close by. You’ll benefit from the easy access when cooking and your guests will enjoy harvesting a few of their own herbs to spice up their meals and drinks. Melinda will share some of her favorite edibles to grow in containers. Plus, she’ll cover planting and care tips to maximize your harvest.

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Organic Pest Management for Vegetable and Flower Gardens

Grow beautiful and productive gardens with your health, pollinators, wildlife and the environment in mind. Melinda will cover strategies for helping you reduce the risk of insect and disease problems by working with nature, selecting the right plants for your garden and providing proper care. Then she’ll cover organic strategies to help you manage problems when they arise.

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Jump Start Your Season and Protect Your Plants

Shopping early ensures the greatest selection of plants, but it isn’t always the best time to plant. Learn what flowers and vegetables you can plant in the cooler, often unpredictable spring weather. Then keep those warm weather favorites like tomatoes, impatiens, and coleus safe until the conditions are right for them to stand on their own in the garden. Melinda will cover tips for protecting plants from the cold and helping them transition into the garden or planter.

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Fragrant Plants Sure to Elevate Your Mood & Garden Enjoyment

Plant a bit of aromatherapy to elevate your mood and bring back fond memories from your past. Look for opportunities to include fragrant plants in all areas of the landscape. Include a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers that provide fragrance throughout the year.

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Managing Water on Your Property

Reduce maintenance and improve the health and beauty of your lawn and landscape by implementing stormwater-friendly strategies. We’ll cover steps to help capture rainwater by improving the soil, utilizing rain barrels and planting rain gardens. Adding trees, growing more native plants, and improving the health of your lawn also help keep water on your property and out of storm sewers. All these strategies put rainwater to work for your plants while helping reduce the risk of basement flooding and overflow of storm sewers.

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Growing Nutritious Herbs & Vegetables in a Garden or Container


Add nutrition and beauty to your landscape by incorporating attractive and tasty fruits and vegetables. Tips on creating a kitchen garden, containers filled with edible plants or mixing fruits and vegetables into your more traditional plantings will be discussed. Melinda will also provide design, planting, and care tips for popular vegetables. Plus, she’ll feature new varieties with extra ornamental appeal!

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Webinar:  All About Houseplants

6:30 p.m. central - Add a bit of greenery and color to your home’s décor while improving your indoor air quality and elevating your mood. Whether you’re new to indoor gardening or considering giving it another try, Melinda will help you select the right plants for your indoor growing conditions, interior design, and busy schedule. She’ll provide tips on watering, fertilizing, transplanting and more to keep your indoor plants looking their best. 

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Webinar: Gardening to Attract Birds

Create a beautiful garden to attract birds and for you to enjoy. Incorporate trees, shrubs and flowers that provide color, form and texture throughout the year and support our winged friends. Provide water and increase the diversity of visitors by adding feeders and bird houses. You'll enjoy their songs and colorful plumage and appreciate their help managing garden pests. 

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Webinar:  How to Select Rain Garden Plants

Selecting the right plant for the growing conditions is always an important step when planning and planting a garden. It is even more critical when it comes to rain gardens. Melinda will cover a variety of raingarden plants from short to tall, for sun and a few for the shade. She will help you plan for color and interest throughout the year as well as select plants that attract pollinators and support songbirds. 

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Webinar: Taking Your Veggie Garden to the Next Level

Your vegetable gardening efforts have been rewarding but you are ready to employ new strategies to boost your harvest and enjoyment. Melinda will cover various strategies, share new productive varieties, and provide space saving tips that will take your vegetable garden to the next level. Tips on how you can plant earlier, harvest later and maximize the harvest throughout the season will also be discussed. 

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Webinar:  How to Plan Your Rain Garden

Like any gardening endeavor, planting a rain garden starts with a plan. Melinda will walk you through the step-by-step process of planning your rain garden. It starts with selecting the best location then determining the shape and size. Tips for maximizing beauty and pollinator appeal as well as minimizing short- and long-term maintenance will be part of the planning process.  

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Webinar:  Dahlias - Proven Performers!

Dahlias are versatile plants that fill summer and fall gardens with an abundance of flowers. But the many colors, sizes and shapes available can make it difficult to select the best ones for your garden and bouquets. We’ll discuss some of the easiest varieties to grow and enjoy as cut flowers. Plus, Melinda will cover new and traditional ways to include them in any size landscape, garden or container.

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Webinar:  Small Space Gardening

Whether gardening in a small space or on a large lot, Melinda will cover simple ideas for packing a lot of garden into the available space. She’ll provide strategies on creating an intimate outdoor garden room.  Melinda will also share tips and techniques for designing and maintaining gardens with year-round interest in every layer from the ground to the roofline.

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Webinar:  Gardening for Wildlife

Create a garden you, birds, toads, frogs, and other wildlife can enjoy. We’ll discuss design and management strategies that will help you support and enjoy wildlife, care for your landscape, and improve your quality of life. Finding ways to coexist is critical for wildlife struggling to survive and our enjoyment of nature and our landscapes.

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Webinar:  Colorful Houseplants 

6:30 p.m. central - Brighten your indoor garden with colorful foliage and flowers. Whether it’s the colorful splashes, stripes or spots of these beauties, you’ll enjoy the year round beauty colorful houseplants provide. Supplement these with flowering houseplants for some seasonal delight. Melinda will share some of her favorite varieties and provide tips for selection and care to keep them looking their best.


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Pruning Tips for Shrubs

Learn the basics on how and when to prune shrubs. Pruning paranoia is common among gardeners, but once you understand the basics you will make better pruning decisions in less time and with much less stress. We will cover a variety of shrubs commonly found in the landscape. Melinda will also share information on the what and when to prune shrubs for optimal health and maximum beauty. 


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Top Plants for Rain Gardens, Water Gardens, Shoreline Gardens & Those to Avoid


Selecting the right plant for the growing conditions is just as important when planning your rain gardens, shoreline plantings and water gardens. We’ll cover the top plants to include in these types of gardens. Plus, a look at aggressive and invasive plants to avoid and tips on properly disposing of those found in existing gardens. You’ll save yourself a lot of work growing the right plant for these types of plantings as you create beautiful gardens and help protect our lakes and waterways.

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Kid & Pet friendly Houseplants


You love them all; kids, pets and houseplants. Discover ways to enjoy them all under one roof. Melinda will cover plants that are safe to grow when kids and pets are in the house. She will also share tips on safely displaying them out of the reach of most pets and children. Then finish off the discussion with ideas for keeping your plants safe from curious, playful, and destructive pets. 

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Helpful Ideas for New Plant Parents


Just like any new adventure, gardening success is all about getting started. To ease some of your apprehension, Melinda will cover the basics to help you be successful growing plants in Wisconsin. She’ll provide pointers for selecting and planting annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.  Practical soil preparation tips will help you create a healthy foundation for your plants. Then she’ll discuss how to keep them healthy with proper watering, fertilizing and care. And as always, there will be time for Melinda to answer your gardening questions.


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Tomatoes: Tips & Tricks to Maximize Your Harvest & Minimize Insect & Disease Problems


Whether your tomatoes are already in the ground or you are waiting to plant, we’ll help you grow your best harvest yet. Gardening expert Melinda Myers will share tips and tricks on planting, training and care so you maximize your harvest whether you’re growing tomatoes in gardens or containers. Plus, she’ll share ways to avoid, and if needed, manage insect and disease problems that plague tomatoes.

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How to Plan a Vegetable Garden


Plan now for your best garden yet. Whether its yourfirst, second or tenth garden Melinda will share strategies to help increase success and maximize your garden’s productivity. She’ll discuss everything from soil preparation, plant selection, planting, care and harvesting techniques toensure the best flavor and biggest harvest. Space saving techniques like succession plantings, interplanting and growing vertical will also be included.

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Getting Started Growing Vegetable & Flower Gardens


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Healthful Gardening: Grow Flavorful and Nutritional Herbs Indoors


Fight the winter blues and boost your winter meals flavor and nutrition with homegrown herbs. Plant a windowsill herb garden filled with your favorites.  Melinda will tell you how to start your garden from seeds or transplants. She’ll also share tips on proper care, harvesting and more.

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Healthful Gardening: Growing Nutritious and Flavorful Edibles Indoors


Bring your edible garden indoors for fresh, flavorful, and nutritious additions to your winter meals. Learn how to grow microgreens on the counter, herbs on your windowsill, and how about a few fresh limes and lemons?  These are all fun homegrown projects that will add flavor and nutrition to your meals, cocktails, and desserts. Melinda will also tell you how to convert kitchen scraps such as pineapple tops, avocado seeds, ginger root, and other edibles from kitchen scraps into indoor plants. Then once you have your list of edibles to grow indoors, she will share tips on how to successfully care for them and keep them producing. 

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Hydrangea Selection, Pruning & Care


So many choices and not enough space.  Fortunately, there is a hydrangea for every garden and even containers. Melinda will help you find the best hydrangea for your growing conditions, landscape design, and growing goals. Plus, she’ll cover planting, on-going care and pruning for each type of hydrangea.

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Pruning Tips for Shrubs
 

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Strategies for Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape
 

Explore ways you can incorporate native plants into your landscape whether gardening in the city, suburbs or on a more expansive piece of property. Melinda will cover native plants and combinations suited to various gardening spaces. Then reap the benefits of adding these native plants to your landscape, including attracting pollinators, keeping water where it falls, and reducing ongoing maintenance. 

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Upcoming Webinars & Appearances


Sept. 10
Pasquesi Home & Gardens

Sept. 24
Ebert's Greenhouse Village

Sept. 25
Historic Milwaukee Doors Open
at Sanger House Gardens

Oct. 14-16
NARI Milwaukee
Home & Remodeling Show

Oct. 26

Webinar: Year-round Perennial
Garden Maintenance


Nov. 2
Webinar: Boosting the Beauty of
and Propagating Houseplants


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