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Make plans now to join Melinda on her famous Garden Walks at Boerner Botanical Gardens in 2014!

Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


2013 All-America Selections Flower Winners

 
Add some new sparkle to your garden with one of the 2013 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower winners. 
 
AAS winners are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
 
Buy plants or start South Pacific Scarlet Canna from seed, not a tuber, for a great focal point in a container or backdrop in the garden.  This vigorous uniform plant grows 4 to 5 feet tall and produces large scarlet flowers throughout the summer.
 
Enjoy the colorful mixture of purple, pink, red and orange flowers the first season you grow Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower.
 
Pinto Premium White to Rose Geranium was selected as a 2013 Bedding Plant award winner.  The large long lasting flowers start out white then turn to a rose-pink for a bicolor effect. 
 
A bit more information: All-America Selection winners are “Tested Nationally and Proven Locally®”. New varieties are trialed next to several similar plants currently sold and grown in the garden.  Judges look for improved flavor, pest resistance, habit, and more factors that make these a good choice for home gardeners.

For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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