Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist 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, Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin and the Midwest Gardener's Handbook (2014). She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment segments which air on over 135 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S., including WSAW-TV in Wausau. 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 News radio 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. Melinda's website, www.melindamyers.com, features gardening tips, gardening videos, pod casts and more.
Kazuko was born and raised in Japan. She moved to the US in l970 and trained under the respected Dr. Ikka Nakashiima. Kazuko is an Ikenobo Ikebana School instructor and currently teaches at the Green Bay Botanical garden, the Anderson Gardens in Rockford, IL, the Chicago Botanical Garden and other venues.
Jeff has been Director of Horticulture of Olbrich Botanical Gardens since 1994. He oversees the horticultural operations and garden designs of over ten inspirational display gardens show-casing the best plants for south-central WI. Jeff has practiced and preached sustainable gardening for years, which is reflected in the environmentally friendly cultural practices and innovative award winning garden designs.
Historical gardener and award-winning author, Marcia, enjoys heirloom plants, from propagation to harvest, and folklore to fact. As Historical Gardens Coordinator at Old World WI, a 576 acre living history museum, she exercises her passion for historical accuracy and enjoys the research, design, creation, and nurturing of the museum's heritage gardens. She organizes and instructs volunteers in the creation of historical floral decorations for the museum.
James has been practicing the art of bonsai for over 30 years. He is the immediate past president of Midwest Bonsai Society, a position he held for six years. He has organized the annual bonsai shows at the Chicago Botanical Garden for many years. His trees have won numerous awards and he still exhibits trees at every show. James is one of the leaders of the recently formed Chicago Bonsai Club at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Mark has been the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI for the past 15 years. He directs the maintenance and improvement of this 20 acre botanical resource with grounds staff and dedicated volunteers. Mark has degrees in landscape architecture (University of IL, Champaign-Urbana) and urban forestry (UW-Stevens Point). Mark's true passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all types of plants.
Tim is a 1987 graduate of the Kishwaukee College Horticulture Program. In l989 He began work at Anderson Japanese Gardens, IL where he currently holds the position of Garden Curator and Head of Horticulture. The Anderson Gardens is a world class Japanese garden, one of the best outside of Japan. Tim feels fortunate to work under the direction of the Garden's sole designer/builder Mr. Hoichi Kurisu of Kurisu International for the last 24 years.
Mark is a 4th generation woodworker living in Merrill, WI. He makes his living as a woodworker, designer, writer and inventor. His restoration work in the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL has appeared on This Old House and the PBS Frank Lloyd Wright Special. He has 9 patents on woodworking tools, is the author of 10 books, and has done 2 videos for Fine Woodworking.
Ashley has been inspiring creativity by working at and offering workshops at Majestic Farms Greenhouse for over a decade. Her background in natural resources and science education adds subject knowledge about the species she works with. Her passion for learning and creating new things adds a unique twist to her workshops.
For David, photography is about composition, light and color all coming together at the same time to capture a moment in time. A degree in photography from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver and studies in environmental biology and animal behavior, allow David to capture these images of nature for all to enjoy. His images appear in publications, magazines and books.
Brian is a Professor of Horticulture, UW-River Falls and WI State Extension Commercial Fruit Production Specialist. Originally from Mitchell, SD, Brian holds degrees in horticulture and fruit breeding and has a Ph.D. in vegetable breeding from U of MN. He has done extensive work with small fruit breeding and works closely with fruit growers to improve productivity through cultural techniques.
After retiring from a 20 year Naval career Michelle moved to Merrill WI. Michelle continued to work part time as a Dental Hygienist but was looking for some way to flex her green thumb. Michelle opened Ovans Peony Farm where she is growing peonies for the cut-flower industry. She is passionate about peonies and loves to share their beauty with everyone. She is a member of the American Peony Society, the MN Peony Society and the WI Peony Society.
Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan is the originator of the popular state specific field guides such as Birds of WI Field Guide, Wildflowers of WI and Trees of WI. Stan has authored more than 130 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CD's. Stan is also a well-known columnist and radio personality. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services.
Joel has been involved with the design and construction of hundreds of water features and exterior lighting projects for residences, city parks and botanical gardens. He has taught seminars on visual design and system construction to landscape designers and contractors for over a decade. Joel currently heads the Landscape Lighting and Water Features Division of Reinders Inc., a five-generation family business based in Elm Grove, WI.
Kris has a bachelor's degree in Forest Science and a master's degree in Social Forestry, from UW Madison. She has been a Peace Corps agro-forestry volunteer. She has worked as a researcher, for Oregon State University. She worked for Cooperative Development Services working with private forest owners. Since 2004, Kris has been a Regional Natural Resources Educator, with the UW-Extension, working with family forest owners to better manage and understand the woodland resource.
Craig Saxe is the Agriculture Agent in Juneau County, WI. He is the coordinator for the Master Gardener program there. As a lifelong vegetable gardener and a past High School Agriculture Instructor, a special interest of his has been the proper care of tools. He has also accumulated quite a collection of various tools.
From Urbans Greenhouse, we welcome owner Diane Urbans. Diane has over 35 years of experience in floral arrangement, floral design, and greenhouse management. At Urbans Greenhouse, Diane's creations inspire the many people who visit throughout the seasons. Turning trash into one of a kind treasures is a true joy of Diane's. Her expertise in planting the unusual and thinking out of the box, is a backbone of Urbans Greenhouses' success.
Maggie has practiced yoga for about a decade. She earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2011 from Union Yoga, Lake Leelanau MI. She teaches classes weekly in Wausau and Mosinee. Maggie holds a BA in Communications/Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Robert Zimmer is your Yard MD with 20+ years of experience as a garden and outdoors writer and photographer. He writes weekly columns for the Appleton Post-Crescent and ten other Gannett newspapers in WI. His work has appeared in regional and national publications including Birders World, Birds and Blooms, Wisconsin Natural Resources, Bird Watcher's Digest, Wildlife Conservation, Country Journal and dozens of others.