Garden Speaker, Author and Educator

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PRACTICAL GARDENING ADVICE FOR A FLAVORFUL LIFE

Megan Cain is setting out to create a legion of gardening addicts that successfully and passionately grow their own food. Through her entertaining and educational workshops she helps people get more from their gardens by first mastering the essentials and then indulging in the colorful details that make gardening not just a favorite pastime, but a lifestyle.

Megan is the founder of The Creative Vegetable Gardener and the Flavorful Life Garden Club and author of the books, Super Easy Food Preserving and Smart Start Garden Planner. Her popular blog was nominated by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2016.

You can read more colorful facts about Megan here.

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Here’s how I approach gardening a little differently:

I believe in simple and elegant gardening solutions.

I like to deliver down-to-earth and actionable advice people can use in their gardens immediately. The goal is a beautiful garden that yields lots of food for the least amount of time and money invested. (An approach I call “smart” gardening.)

I believe it’s not about the garden, it’s about the gardener.

Passionate about people’s garden success, I focus on educating them for the long haul – a satisfying lifetime of growing their own food. My secret goal? To turn everyone into a gardening addict! (shhh…)

  • AUDIENCE REVIEWS

    “Megan presents great content that everyone in the audience can take and use right away in their gardens. I especially like how she explains how to mix vegetables and flowers together. Great ideas on displaying and growing vegetables that will give me better results and more produce.

    Megan had great reviews from our evaluations….everyone loved the talk!”

    Linda Loker, Winnebago Master Gardeners Conference.

    “Megan is a wonderful speaker. She has so much energy and passion on what she speaks about. She has a ton of knowledge on gardening and has great ideas. Just wonderful!”

    Mary Jo Maher, North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners Conference

    I’m inspired and invigorated by your creativity! And I appreciate your practical and simple approach that can be understood and applied immediately. I thoroughly enjoyed your seminar.

    – Laura Farrell, Conference Attendee

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    PRESENTATION TOPICS

    Ideal for garden clubs, master gardener symposiums and home and garden trade shows.

    Megan packs her presentations with plenty of colorful photos, personal stories, helpful handouts and lots of humor. All presentations can be formatted as 60-90 minute sessions.

  • Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden

    Tap into your creative spirit by adding simple and fun elements to showcase your garden’s beauty. This interactive workshop will share fresh ideas to elevate an ordinary garden to an extraordinary one with plenty of photos to get the creative juices flowing. Learn how to design a garden that inspires joy, tips for adding artistic touches, and favorite colorful and unique varieties to grow.

  • 10 Mistakes I Made in My Vegetable Garden So You Don't Have To

    If you’re not getting real results from your garden then gardening isn’t as rewarding of a pastime as it could be. Although trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience, you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones! Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she’s made in her (and others’) gardens so you can avoid them in your own and have lots more fun and success each season.

  • Your Garden Can Feed You All Year

    With the right planning you can eat food from your garden all year long. This fun and interactive workshop will teach you how to have your earliest harvest ever in spring, keep the momentum going in summer through succession planting, and have a robust fall garden that feeds you all the way to holiday gatherings. Using simple techniques, you can extend the fruits of your labor into more months of the year so you’re getting the most food possible from your garden.

  • Easy Food Preserving: Canning-Free

    Preserving food doesn’t have to be difficult or take a lot of time. And if you think canning is the only option – this workshop is for you! Learn the quickest and easiest ways to preserve vegetables, fruits, and herbs so you can enjoy food from your garden all year round, how to use your basement, fridge and freezer to store food, which foods give you the most bang for your buck, and delicious recipes to highlight your preserved food.

  • Beyond the Herb Rack: Using Herbs Creatively in the Vegetable Garden

    There are few greater delights than grabbing a handful of fresh herbs to complete your evening meal. And creatively incorporating herbs into your garden design can help elevate your garden from ordinary to extraordinary. Megan will share the simple step by step process of building an herb spiral to add structure and interest to your garden, how to artistically mix herbs into your plantings, unique and colorful varieties to grow, and super easy ways to preserve herbs for off season use.

  • Harvesting Fresh Veggies in the Snow: How to Extend the Gardening Season

    If you want to continue harvesting from your garden through the first frost and serve produce from your yard for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, August is the month to take action! Learn the best planting dates for fall vegetables, which varieties are best for cold weather, how to use simple season extension techniques like row cover, cold frames, and low tunnels, and how you can harvest from your garden all year round, even in Wisconsin!

  • 2018 Schedule

    February 10-11 – Seattle Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA

    March 3 – Spring Tonic Conference, Paoli, IN

    March 10 – Sheboygan County Master Gardeners, Sheboygan, WI

    March 13 – Jack Russell Memorial Library, Hartford, WI

    March 17 – Spring Symposium, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

    March 19 – Kiel Public Library, Kiel, WI

    March 21 – Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

    March 24 – Northern Lights Master Gardeners Conference, UW-Marinette, Marinette, WI

    April 3 – Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

    April 4 – DeForest Area Public Library, WI

    April 7 – Grant County Master Gardener Convention, Lancaster, WI

    April 10 – Frank L Weyenberg Library, Mequon, WI

    April 12 – Creative Gardening Lecture Series, Cedar Rapids, IA

    April 17 – Pinney Library, Madison, WI

    April 19 – Mt. Horeb Public Library, Mt. Horeb, WI

    April 24 – Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI

    April 25 – Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden, Verona Public Library, Verona, WI

    April 26 – Black Creek Village Library, Black Creek, WI

    May 2 – American Family Dreambank, Madison, WI

    May 8 – Burlington Garden Club, WI

    August 2 – Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

    August 7 – Willy St. Co-op East, Madison

    August 25 – Monroe Public Library, Monroe, WI

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    2017 Presentations Given

    January 27 – Wintergreen Conference, Kenosha, WI

    February 10-12 – WI Garden Expo

    February 13 – Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, Brookfield, WI

    February 25 – Winter Garden Fair, Linn County Master Gardeners, Cedar Rapids, IA

    March 18 – A Day in the Garden, Fond du Lac County Master Gardeners, Fond du Lac, WI

    March 25 – Spring into Gardening, Bluff County Master Gardeners, La Crosse, WI

    April 17 – Pardeeville Garden Club, Pardeeville, WI

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    Past Presentations

    Garden Visions Conference, Wausau, WI

    Winter Escape Summer Dreams Winter Conference, Oshkosh, WI

    WI Garden Expo, Madison, WI

    Madison Herb Society, Madison, WI

    Midwest Regional Master Gardeners Conference, The Dells, WI

    Portage County Master Gardeners Garden Dreams, Stevens Point, WI

     

    To book a colorful and passionate presentation for you next event contact megan@creativevegetablegardener.com

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