I’ve been doing this radio thing for about 20 years now, and along the way I’ve met some smart folks, some nice folks and some talented folks. Melinda Myers belongs in all three categories, and probably a lot more. If you say that she has more than 30 years of horticultural experience, you are selling her short. She has written more than 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook.
Apparently, I’m not the only person who thinks that Ms. Myers inhabits rarefied horticultural air. I received notice a few weeks ago that Melinda was to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. That, by the way, is the highest honor that can be given to a member of the association. The ceremony was held on August 7 in Buffalo, New York.
“Melinda has worked tirelessly to communicate the pleasures and life values of gardening throughout her entire career,” said Kirk Brown, President of GWA. “Her delight in the art and practice of encouraging living things to grow shines in every sentence that she’s written, every word that she’s spoken, and every colorful video she’s shot during her 35-year reign as one of America’s iconic horticultural professionals.”
“It truly is an honor to be recognized by colleagues and peers that share the same vision, energy and joy helping people have fun and be successful in their gardens,” said Myers. “I am grateful that my passion for science, people and gardening has provided me with a wonderful career and an opportunity to work with fellow garden communicators, horticulture professionals and gardeners of all ages and abilities.”
Here’s a sampling of some of her other accomplishments:
She hosts the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment program, now in its 11th season, airing on more than 120 TV and radio stations throughout the United States. Myers also hosts the internationally distributed Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series, including the latest Food Gardening for Everyone DVD set.
She’s a longtime columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Myers also writes a regular column for Chicagoland Gardening and Wisconsin Gardening.
Hey! I write a column for Chicagoland Gardening, too! Now all I have to do is figure out how to accomplish everything else that Melinda has done and I’ll get a Hall of Fame award, too! I guess I’d better get to it. I would go into all of the other awards that line her trophy mantle, but I’m already have an insecurity panic attack, so let me just say that Peggy and I are pleased to welcome her to the WCGO studios this morning to congratulate her on her achievement.
We are discussing this year’s gardening season and perhaps we’ll take a little time to debunk some garden myths. Give us a call with your gardening questions at 847-475-1590.