Vanessa Richins Myers

Vanessa Richins Myers is a garden writer and educator who has been working with plants for almost all her life. She grew up amidst the palm and eucalyptus trees of Southern California, but currently resides with the maples and lindens of Utah.


  • Experienced horticulturist
  • Contributed gardening content to The Spruce for 6 years
  • Taught basic gardening and topiary classes for Utah Valley University


Vanessa wrote about plants and shrubs for The Spruce from 2008 to 2016. Her career began with an internship at Bailey Nurseries in Oregon. She also worked as an assistant horticulturist for Brigham Young University's Grounds Maintenance crew, at Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District's Demonstration Garden, where she taught basic gardening and topiary classes for Utah Valley University's community education program. She volunteers as a community garden specialist.


Vanessa received a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture, with an emphasis in landscape design and urban horticulture, from Brigham Young University.​

Expertise: Horticulture and landscape design
Education: Brigham Young University
Location: Provo, Utah
Title: Horticulturist

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