Nationally recognized gardening expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moment television segments. Melinda shares tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience.  New Melinda’s Garden Moment web tips will be added throughout the growing season, so be sure to check back for timely, seasonal tips to help you be successful in your gardens!

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Design a Quilt Garden Filled with AAS Winners

Create a unique garden inspired by a nearby botanic garden or arboretum.

Here at Boerner Botanical Gardens they created a patchwork quilt of All-America Selections winning flowers and vegetables. These plants are tested nationally and proven locally to perform well in the backyard gardens and containers.

Just like a fabric quilt – a garden quilt is all about color, texture and patterns.  Select a simple pattern of squares and triangles like the pinwheel, goose tracks or log cabin.

Sketch your design on graph paper first. Then use stakes and strings to mark the pattern in the garden.

Select long-blooming annuals or those with colorful foliage to maintain the beauty of your design throughout the growing season.

Repeat color throughout the design to provide unity and balance.

Maintain your design all season long with regular deadheading and a bit of trimming to keep those wayward plants in bound.

A bit more information: Those with limited space can start with a mini quilt garden in a container or a bed of colorful lettuce in the vegetable garden. Visit All-America Selections to find out more about display and trial gardens in your area.

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About Melinda Myers
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 and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 135 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S.  Myers is also the host of the recently released The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series.  Melinda writes a regular column for Wisconsin Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines.She also writes the twice monthly Gardeners’ Questions”newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. She’s the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Myers’ website, www.MelindaMyers.com, features gardening videos, podcasts, monthly gardening checklists and more.