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Upcoming Appearances

UPCOMING APPEARANCES & WEBINARS:

Feb. 8, 2023
WEBINAR:  Indoor Container Garden Design & Display Ideas

6:30 p.m. CT - Elevate your indoor garden with striking and seasonal indoor container combinations. We plan and plant outdoor containers to maximize their beauty and often overlook the opportunity to do the same with our houseplants. Designing and care of terrariums, dish gardens and other container combinations will be covered. Then we’ll explore ways to display them to maximize their visual appeal and longevity.


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Feb. 10 -12 , 2023
PBS Wisconsin Garden and Landscape EXPO

Fri., Feb. 10 at 4 pm -  Grow Your Own Cut Flower Bouquet
Add welcome color to your gardens, containers, and home decor by growing your own cut flowers. We’ll discuss growing your own cut flowers from seeds and transplants in the garden or containers, and ways to extend your budget.  Annuals, perennials, and even shrubs provide colorful flowers, berries, and greenery.  Plus, I'll share practical tips on selecting, growing, and combining flowers to add sparkle to your gardens indoors and out.

Sat., Feb. 11 at 3:30 pm - A Calendar of Perennial Garden Care sponsored by Diggers Hotline
Keep your perennial garden looking its best throughout the season.  We will look at the practical ways to accomplish the various tasks needed to keep your garden and plants healthy and beautiful. Planting, maintenance, deadheading, dividing, and more will be covered in this session. 

Sun., Feb. 12 at 12:45 pm Fragrant Plants for the Garden and Containers
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 your landscape and in containers. Learn about a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers to include that provide fragrance throughout the year.


Location:  Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
 

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Feb. 15, 2023
WEBINAR:  10 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias

6:30 p.m. CT - Take the mystery out of growing dahlias with these ten tips. Increasing growing success and flowering starts with proper planting. Follow this with staking, pinching, pruning and routine flower care for beautiful blooms to enjoy in the garden and bouquets. Dahlias require a little more time and attention than many other flowering plants but your efforts will be rewarded with a bounty of beautiful blooms and a sense of accomplishment. Sponsored by Longfield Gardens.

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Feb. 17 -19, 2023
NARI Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show


Friday, 2/17, 12:30 p.m. - Help Plants, Trees, Shrubs, and your Lawn Thrive after Winter!

Sat., 2/18, 12:30 p.m. - Create a Colorful Garden Filled with Birds, Butterflies &  Blossoms

Sunday, 2/19, 12:30 p.m. - How to Plan a Vegetable Garden


Location:  EXPO Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park,  West Allis, WI 

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Feb. 22, 2023
WEBINAR:  Grow Beautiful Water Gardens Free of Invasive Plants 

6:30 p.m. CT - Don’t let their beauty fool you. Aquatic invasive plants escape our gardens and landscapes invading natural spaces, disrupting habitats, and diminishing water quality. Some of these plants were added in the past before we became aware of their invasive nature and negative impact on the environment. Others are being sold illegally online and purchased by unsuspecting gardeners. Learn to identify the top aquatic invasive plants and ways to manage the problem in your garden and nearby natural spaces.

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March 1, 2023
WEBINAR: Learn the Basics on How and When to Prune Shrubs


6:30 p.m. CT - 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 what and when to prune shrubs for their health and maximum beauty. 


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March 4, 2023
Planning, Planting, and Caring for Your Garden

Rain Gardens are a beautiful way to reduce the risk of basement flooding, sewer overflows and water pollution. Melinda will provide tips on planning a rain garden, help you select the best plants and how to provide needed care.  This is just in time for you to create your plant list and order your rain garden plants at up to a 50% discount through the Milwaukee Metro Sewerage District rain garden plant sale.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Location:  Milwaukee Public Library Washington Park Branch, 2121 N Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee

1:30 - 3 p.m. 
Location:  Milwaukee Public Library East Branch, 2320 N Cramer St, Milwaukee


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March 8, 2023
WEBINAR:  Grow Your Own Flowers for Bouquets in Containers, Raised Beds, and Gardens

6:30 p.m. central - Picking flowers from your gardens and containers extends your enjoyment indoors. Whether looking for a few flowers to enjoy in a vase, share with friends, or as a centerpiece for parties, you can grow your own.  We will look at starting plants from seeds, bulbs, and transplants as well as exploring opportunities that may already be growing in your yard.

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March 11 , 2023
University of Illinois Master Gardeners' Home, Lawn, and Garden Day 
 

11:30 a.m. - Low Maintenance Gardening and Plants for Loads of Beauty & Health Benefits 

Location:  Central Catholic High School, 1201 Airport Rd, Bloomington, IL


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ON DEMAND WEBINARS:

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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.

This webinar is free, but registration is required.

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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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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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Upcoming Webinars & Appearances


Feb. 8, 2023
WEBINAR: 
Indoor Container Garden Design & Display Ideas 
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Feb. 10-12, 2023

PBS Wisconsin
Garden & Landscape EXPO

Madison, Wisconsin

Feb. 15, 2023
WEBINAR: 
10 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias! 
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Feb. 17-19, 2023

NARI Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show
West Allis, Wisconsin

Feb. 22, 2023
WEBINAR: 
Grow Beautiful Water Gardens

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March 1, 2023

WEBINAR: 
How and When to Prune Shrubs

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March 4, 2023
Milwaukee Public Libraries
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

March 8, 2023 
WEBINAR:
Grow Your Own Flowers for Bouquets

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March 11, 2023

Home, Lawn & Garden Day
Bloomington, Illinois

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