How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons

Course No. 9711
Melinda Myers,
Horticulturist and Certified Arborist
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Course Overview

Gardening is one of life’s great pleasures. It offers bountiful wonders—flowers, grasses, fruits, vegetables, trees—that bring you closer to the natural world. It allows you to design private and public displays of infinite variety and for numerous purposes. And the best part: Learning how to grow the garden of your dreams is a skill that anyone can learn with relative ease.

Believe it or not, you can create gardens and landscapes in almost any setting, from large rural backyards to tight urban spaces, and in almost any climate. All it takes is a little care, a little patience, and, above all, the knowledge and techniques that professional gardeners and horticulturalists use to cultivate garden spaces that are both beautiful and successful.

In just six engaging and accessible lessons, How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden Landscape in 6 Lessons offers you the unique chance to learn alongside a master gardening educator with more than 30 years of experience as she reveals the essential skills of gardening. Melinda Myers—an award-winning horticulturist and ­certified arborist, and a nationally syndicated garden host—guides you step-by-step through the fundamentals, from design to preparation to planting, that any novice gardener needs to know in order to plant and maintain a thriving garden that looks as great as those seen on television and in books and magazines.

And even if you’re someone who has been gardening for years, you’ll find new ideas and tips as the instructor takes you to two test sites across the year—from spring to winter—transforming grassy areas, overgrown beds, and lackluster designs into spectacular gardens.

Get Solutions to Common Gardening Dilemmas

Escorting you from public gardens and garden centers to personal outdoor garden spaces to our in-studio garden, Ms. Myers reveals in a conversational and engaging way solutions to common gardening challenges.

  • What plants and flowers are best for your particular space’s light and soil conditions? 
  • When is the best time to plant, and how can you maximize your harvest? What adjustments can you make as the seasons change? 
  • How do you protect your garden against common insects and diseases? 
  • How can you choose the right plants and flowers to make an eye-catching design?
  • How do you optimize your vegetable garden or combine edibles and ornamentals in a single space? 

According to Ms. Myers, it’s all about following what she calls the “four R’s”: the right plant for the right purpose in the right place to give you the right look. Whether you’re working with a suburban backyard or the window box of an apartment, you’ll rely on this insight to discover just how simple it can be to overcome the most common gardening and landscaping challenges. In addition, you’ll

  • get a vibrant visual introduction to dozens of edible and ornamental plant varieties; 
  • explore the basic science behind how soil, light, and water influence plant growth; 
  • learn how best to plant, water, weed, prune, and harvest the fruits of your labor; and more.

Learn Tips and Tricks from an Expert Gardener

Your Best Garden Landscape in 6 Lessons is packed with the kind of insider tips and techniques that will not only help you avoid the pitfalls that prohibit many of us from keeping up with a garden, but will help you create and design personal gardens you’ll enjoy maintaining and that are sure to impress your family, friends, and neighbors.

  • A simple trick for moving in-ground plants to a new location: Wrap the roots in wet newspaper or place them in plastic grocery bags. This reduces stress on the plant, keeps the roots moist, and avoids prolonged exposure to air. 
  • When using a total vegetation killer, take a small plastic soda bottle with the bottom removed, use it to cover your weeds, and spray into the neck of the bottle. That way, this spray will kill only the weeds and it won’t get on nearby plants and be absorbed by the plants’ leaves. 
  • Reduce your workload by matching plants to their specific light, water, and soil requirements (which you can find on their labels). For example, plants that thrive in normal/natural rainfall in your area will need supplemental watering only during extended periods of drought. 
  • Minimize pruning to a newly planted tree (except for broken, crossing, or damaged branches). The more top growth on your tree, the more energy is produced and the faster your tree will start to get established. 

An Unrivaled Introduction to the Essential Skills of Gardening

With more than 30 years of experience in the gardening and horticulture business—and as a twice-tenured professor, author, prolific columnist, and media expert—Ms. Myers knows how to break down the complexities of gardening and make it easier, more fun, and more personally rewarding than you ever imagined.

With How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons, you’ll also find that there’s more to be gained from learning alongside this consummate expert and teacher than from what you could get in a book on gardening. You’ll get the unrivaled experience of watching Ms. Myers in action as she designs spaces, shops for plants, maintains the health of her garden spaces, and makes adjustments—just as you will at home. She also takes you through the seasons so you can see how plantings in spring turn out in late summer, or witness how solutions to common garden design challenges prove successful at the end of the planting season. It’s an opportunity to see the entire growing season burst into life right before your eyes.

Above all, these lessons are ones you’ll come back to again and again with each seasonal change. “One of the things I like about gardening is that it’s never finished,” Ms. Myers notes. “You’re always learning more. Best of all, there are always new plants to try. The opportunities are endless.”

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6 lectures
 |  Average 33 minutes each
  • 1
    Plan the Garden of Your Dreams
    A dream garden starts with two things: an awareness of what you have to do and a solid plan for getting there. Ms. Myers gives you an overview of the step-by-step process for creating a garden, guiding you through the process of weeding old garden spaces; testing your soil; evaluating growing conditions; picking the best topsoil; using annuals, perennials, and biennials to best effect; and mapping out your garden with the space available. x
  • 2
    Get the Right Plant for the Right Place
    Even if you’re working with a smaller, urban space (such as at a townhouse), you can still create delightful gardens. Learn how to overcome the same challenges of light and space as you would in a larger garden area. Then, focus on getting the right plants to fit your garden. Which plants make strong focal points? Which plants tolerate shade better than others? What combinations will add depth and texture to your garden? How should you best move plants when you need to adjust to unforeseen situations? x
  • 3
    Prepare Healthy Soil and Plant for Spring
    The secret to a healthy garden: soil. In this lesson, discover everything you need to know about soil and how to make it work for your dream garden. You’ll learn how soil works, how to improve the soil in your garden space, the benefits of specific soil types, how composting and mulching can strengthen the health of your garden, how and when to fertilize your plants, and—most important—the best way to plant your garden and prepare it for spring. x
  • 4
    Design for Light, Water, and Microclimate
    Visit a small-space garden and investigate tried-and-true methods for solving common planting and design problems for often stubborn areas such as deck edges, patios, and the spaces around air conditioners and gas meters. Throughout the lesson, you’ll find out some of the best choices for poorly lit areas, learn how to dodge common over- and under-watering mistakes, and more—all of it grounded in the basic science behind how light, water, and microclimates affect a garden. x
  • 5
    Refresh Your Summer Garden
    Summer is the perfect time to reassess your garden and find out what you need to do to keep your plants healthy and looking their best. First, learn the tricks to effective garden maintenance throughout the season: growing more abundant harvests of fruits and vegetables, controlling pests in the most eco-friendly ways, locating the cause of discolored leaves, and more. Then, Ms. Myers takes you back to a small-space garden to gauge solutions to function, beauty, and accessibility challenges first tackled in the spring. x
  • 6
    Add New Color in Fall and Prep for Winter
    Explore some of the many ways you can extend your garden through fall and take advantage of the cool air and warm soil (which is great for planting a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials). You’ll learn how to add bulbs for a splash of spring beauty, prune and protect your plants (and your lawn) from a potentially harsh winter, install a lovely cool-season garden, harvest and store herbs, and learn from your experience to plan for an even better garden in the spring. x

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Melinda Myers
Horticulturist and Certified Arborist
Melinda Myers is a horticulturist, certified arborist, gardening expert, television/radio host, columnist, and author with more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She earned her B.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University and her M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before launching her own business in 2006, she was a tenured associate professor at the University of Wisconsin...
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How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lesson 3 on Soil Preparation was the best! I live in the Colorado mountains where the altitude is high, the soil is dry and rocky, the days are hot, nights are cool, and very little rainfall in the spring/summer. I felt like the course was geared more towards moist climates overall but found Lesson 3 on soil testing, preparation, and fertilizing to be invaluable!
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This one is Good!. Good for people who do not know how to plant or what to do to maintain their gardens through the seasons. Even for me, a seasoned gardener, there were new points to pick up on and also some regular confusion questions asnswered
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Information Even if you are a seasoned gardener you wil learn something.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very informative and helpful I learned a lot and it was exactly what I was looking for in a course
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how to grow anything I couldn't wait to order this course . I am a gardener who is branching out and wanted some tips and guidelines. Melinda Myers is terrific-makes the learning easy and is so informative. I know I will refer to the dvd many times. Great Course, great instructor and great information. thanks
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Landscaping So far I watched three of the lessons. It has been very helpful. When I get done with all six I will go back to watch again and take many notes. Thank you
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems Like Useful Information I bought this as a gift for my parents and decided to watch it myself to see if I made a good purchase. My personal interest in gardening is low primarily because I do not have the time to dedicate to doing it right. I am generally pleased with the purchase and think the instructor gave good information in a clear and organized way. She showed several different gardening scenarios and gave tips and suggests for different types of gardens. She also emphasized the right things to do during each season. I wish I had the time to actually apply the information, but at least I feel like I made a good purchase for my parents. My only complaint is that the course seems to cover some topics a little too lightly and would benefit from being a few lessons longer.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed to plan my garden The course is very well organized. I am amazed at how much the teacher knows and how well she balances the science with its practical applications. I am in the midst of planning an ornamental garden and was having difficulty doing it. This video series has been very helpful to me.
Date published: 2016-08-08
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