Garden Speaker, Author and Educator

Garden Presentations Wisconsin


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.



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…)


    “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



    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 Steps to Planning a Smart Garden

    The most successful gardeners take some time before the season begins to devise a simple and smart plan for the year. This class will guide you through creating a garden plan that lays the groundwork for a beautiful garden that yields lots of food for the least amount of time and money invested. This class keeps garden planning down-to-earth, practical, and fun!

  • 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!

  • 2022 Schedule

    February 11-13 – Wisconsin Garden Expo, Madison, WI

    February 21 – Verona Public Library, Verona, WI

    March 26 – Outagamie County Master Gardeners Conference, WI

    March 28 – Menasha Public Library, Menasha, WI

    March 31 – Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

    April – 1-3 – Home and Garden Show, St. Charles, Mo

    April 9 – WI Garden Expo Virtual Event

    April 25 – Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

    2020 Schedule

    February 7-9 – Wisconsin Garden Expo, Madison, WI

    February 15 – Joys of Gardening Conference, Freeport, IL

    March 10 – Lakeview Library, Madison, WI

    March 23 – Fitchburg Public Library, Fitchburg, WI

    March 24 – Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

    March 31 – Deforest Public Library, Deforest, WI

    April 1 – Verona Public Library, Verona, WI

    April 2 – Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI

    April 4 – Outagamie Master Gardeners Conference

    April 7 – Waunakee Public Library, Waunakee, WI

    April 25 – Sheboygan Master Gardeners, Sheboygan, WI

    April 29 – American Family Dreambank, Madison, WI

    May 4 – Deerfield Public Library, Deerfield, WI

    June 2 – Mound Vue Garden Club, Mt. Horeb, WI

    August 4 – Hartford Public Library, Hartford, WI

    Past Workshops

    Seattle Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA

    Spring Tonic Conference, Paoli, IN

    Sheboygan County Master Gardeners, Sheboygan, WI

    Jack Russell Memorial Library, Hartford, WI

    Spring Symposium, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

    Kiel Public Library, Kiel, WI

    Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

    Northern Lights Master Gardeners Conference, UW-Marinette, Marinette, WI

    DeForest Area Public Library, WI

    Grant County Master Gardener Convention, Lancaster, WI

    Frank L Weyenberg Library, Mequon, WI

    Creative Gardening Lecture Series, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pinney Library, Madison, WI

    Mt. Horeb Public Library, Mt. Horeb, WI

    Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI

    Verona Public Library, Verona, WI

    Black Creek Village Library, Black Creek, WI

    American Family Dreambank, Madison, WI

    Burlington Garden Club, WI

    Willy St. Co-op East, Madison

    Monroe Public Library, Monroe, WI

    Wintergreen Conference, Kenosha, WI

    WI Garden Expo

    Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, Brookfield, WI

    Winter Garden Fair, Linn County Master Gardeners, Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Spring into Gardening, Bluff County Master Gardeners, La Crosse, WI

    Pardeeville Garden Club, Pardeeville, WI

    Garden Visions Conference, Wausau, WI

    Winter Escape Summer Dreams Winter Conference, Oshkosh, WI

    Madison Herb Society, Madison, WI

    Midwest Regional Master Gardeners Conference, The Dells, WI

    Portage County Master Gardeners Garden Dreams, Stevens Point, WI

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