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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.

Light in the Garden

As gardeners we think of light in terms of full sun, part sun and the shade our plants need to grow.  We also need to think about light in terms of how it impacts the colors and beauty of our gardens. 
Take some time to observe how light affects your landscape throughout the day and year round.  Backlighting through ornamental grass seedheads and cacti needles at sunrise or sunset will make them just glow.
Midday sun can overpower or wash out the more subtle colors in your landscape.  You may notice professional photographers avoid shooting pictures midday and prefer overcast days. Side lighting highlights one side of the plant while casting the rest into shadows.  And overhead lighting brightens the tops of plants while the base disappears in the dark.
Design your gardens and place your furniture to get the best view of the naturally lit landscape.  And don’t forget about the views from indoors looking out.
A bit more information:  And don’t forget about how light impacts the views from indoors looking out into the landscape.  Extend your use and enjoyment of outdoor living space by adding a bit of night lighting.  A couple of small table lamps may be all you need for reading or enjoying another person’s company on a small balcony.  Solar lights along a pathway can make it more inviting and easier to navigate your landscape at night. And uplighting plants can accentuate their form and texture year round.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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