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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.


The First Day of Winter


Celebrate the first day of winter with a walk around the neighborhood or nearby botanical garden.  It’s a great way to walk off a few of those holiday calories and plan for added winter interest in your landscape. 

Look for evergreen and colorful flowers you would like to include.
 
Hardy pansies and Johnny Jump-ups provide color and cheer in both northern and southern gardens.  In the north they flower until the snow covers the blooms and are among the first flowers to appear in spring.  In warmer climates they brighten the landscape all winter long.
 
Cheddar pinks and some of the other perennial dianthus will hold their blue green foliage throughout the winter.
 
Candy tuft as well as creeping phlox are two evergreen perennials that brighten our spring gardens with flowers.
 
Many perennial geraniums and Bergenia have leaves that turn reddish-purple in fall and persist throughout the winter. 
 
A bit more information:  If your schedule or the weather doesn’t allow a walk outside, consider some other fun ways to celebrate the first day of winter.  You’ll find lots of good ideas at the Parent Dish website -
http://www.parentdish.com/2010/12/21/five-ways-to-celebrate-the-first-day-of-winter/.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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