FREE Gardening Webinars and Activities

Here are some updates on the FREE Gardening Webinars and Activities for Wisconsin Public Libraries to use from April – June.  This program content is available to all Wisconsin Public Libraries, thanks to underwriting sponsor We Energies. The webinars are presented by nationally known and Wisconsin-based author, columnist, and gardening expert Melinda Myers, and the gardening activities and videos were also created by Melinda. 
1.) Access the FREE WEBINARS and GARDENING ACTIVITIES for your Library on the website: Beauty Outside Your Door – 2024 Library Program: Melinda Myers
You’ll find information on the 3 Garden Webinars and 3 Gardening Activities/Projects (with corresponding videos) to download and use with your patrons. 
 April activity is available now – simply Visit the Program website and scroll down to watch the April video and Download the April Activity Guide. We hope you’ll consider hosting webinar watch parties at your library (see webinar dates below) and/or host events in your community room to do the April, May and June gardening projects.  And feel free to use the content in any other creative way you’d like.
  • April 10, 2024, 6:30 p.m. CT
    Container Gardening Throughout the Year with gardening expert & author Melinda Myers
    Use container gardens to boost the color and seasonal interest in any size landscape, garden, balcony, or deck. With your budget in mind, we will explore attractive combinations of trees, shrubs, flowers, edible plants, and those that attract pollinators. Plus, you’ll learn strategies for extending your enjoyment year-round by transforming all or a portion of the container planting with the changing seasons.
    Register for this free webinar at:

  • May 1, 2024, 6:30 p.m. CT
    WEBINAR: Ornamental Fruits and Vegetables with gardening expert & author Melinda Myers
    Increase the nutritional value and beauty of your landscape by incorporating attractive fruits and vegetables into your landscape, garden beds, and containers. Growing varieties that are both ornamental and productive increases the opportunities for creating a beautiful space right outside your door. We will look at new and proven fruit and vegetable varieties suited to both gardens and containers.
    Register for the free webinar at:

  • June 5, 2024, 6:30 p.m. CT
    WEBINAR: Under-Appreciated Pollinators with gardening expert & author Melinda Myers
    The plight of honeybees and monarchs fills the news, but many more pollinators are often overlooked yet critical to the production of food, fiber, and other raw materials we depend upon. Native bees, moths, bats, beetles, flies, and birds are also important. We will look at a variety of pollinators, their role in the environment, and their impact on people. Plus, we will discuss ways to co-exist with these often overlooked and sometimes feared or dreaded animals.
    Register for this free webinar at: