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

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

Read more from Vanessa Richins Myers