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.


Vanessa did an internship with Bailey Nurseries at their Yamhill, OR location. She has also worked for BYU's Grounds Maintenance crew, at Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District's Demonstration Garden and taught basic gardening and topiary classes for Utah Valley University's community education program. She volunteers as a community garden specialist currently.


Vanessa has a Bachelors Degree in Horticulture, Emphasis in Landscape Design and Urban Horticulture from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Vanessa Richins Myers

I cannot remember a time when I did not garden. I grew up in one of the blessed lands--Southern California--where I always had some sort of gardening project going. How I miss the wonder of year-round blooming trees and shrubs! In college, I actually started out as a microbiology major, but eventually my adoration of all things green won out, and I finished college with a horticulture degree. I currently live in Utah, where I finally get to experience the beauty of changing seasons.

Trees and shrubs are a great method of adding beauty and majesty to your garden. Whether you're looking for fruit, shade, a focal point, or something else, there's a perfect one for you. I look forward to helping my readers learn how to properly choose and care for trees and shrubs.

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