Melinda Myers

Gardening Expert

Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, The Garden Book for Wisconsin and Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments, which air on over 130 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S.

Melinda also is the host of the recently released The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series (2013). Melinda has a column in Gardening How-to magazine, Wisconsin Gardening magazine and writes the twice monthly Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program on Newsradio 620 WTMJ for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. She has written articles for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine Gardening and was a columnist and contributing editor for Backyard Living magazine.

Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. She is the 2013 recipient of the national American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

Twitter: @MelindaGardens

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As temperatures hover in the low 60s downtown throughout this summer with only a few warm days, there were some people who theorized that maybe we skipped summer altogether and jumped straight from spring to fall.

That might be cause for concern if you have a garden growing – we’d hate to have a killing frost in August this year.  Fortunately, that probably won’t happen.  But the temperature swings are a concern for Lake Effect's gardening contributor, Melinda Myers.

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Did you spend any time working in your yard over the weekend?  We’re in that great period of time right now when we can enjoy the warm weather without yet worrying about mowing the lawn.

But Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers says that doesn’t mean we should ignore our yard as the last piles of snow disappear.

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The weather has made a statement - summer is behind us. 

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With the recent snow and single-digit wind chills, most of us have already packed away our gardening gloves. But Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers says there's still work to be done.

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With the changing of the season, temperatures are getting colder and plants are facing fluctuating temperatures.

Gardening for All Five Senses

Aug 6, 2013
Melinda Myers

Amid the lively chaos at the Wisconsin State Fair lies a little oasis with cooler temperatures and greener horizons.


The imminent Independence Day holiday is another milepost in the annual gardener’s calendar. 

So it felt like Spring for a while there, didn’t it?  Our run of nice, warm weather was a welcome one, especially on the heels of what had been a very cool, very wet start to the season.

The gardeners among us may have been tempted by the reprieve in the deluge to go out and get some planting and pruning done.  But was that a wise move?  And what has this soggy season meant to our lawns?

Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers says don't worry.