Marlene is a Professional Gardener, Horticulturist and TV personality from Sacramento, California. Gardening since the age of six, today she’s living her professional dream. For the past twelve years Marlene has been the staff horticulturist at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory located in Davis, California. It’s here where she grows and cares for over three thousand species of the world’s most exotic and rare plants and flowers.
PLANT & GARDEN EXPERT
Marlene’s own home is a die-hard gardener’s dream oasis. Her 1930’s farmhouse sits on forty acres of walnut orchards in the heart of Northern California’s agricultural heartland. Several acres are devoted to growing organic vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, and unusual edibles. Her lush property often acts as a backdrop for Marlene’s digital presence on Instagram, as well as an old barn she transformed into a rustic, farm-style full service TV and podcast studio.
TV GARDENER, PODCASTER, HOME & GARDEN COLUMNIST
Marlene has appeared on Hallmark’s Home & Family, the lifestyle/entertainment talk show Daytime, and is the bi-weekly garden contributor on the lifestyle/news talk show Good Day Sacramento. Known as “The Plant Lady”, her live weekend segments are enormously popular to a new generation of plant and garden lovers. Drawing inspiration from her own personal passions, she shares with her audience easy and affordable tips on canning, DIY, repurposing antiques, garden décor, garden and patio makeovers, house plant decorating and urban farming.
Marlene is focused on broadcast content that brings peace, comfort and well being to our sacred backyards. This is the essence of her podcast Flower Power Garden Hour which she co-hosts with her husband Joe.
A driving force in the homegrown green revolution, Marlene Is a popular speaker on the garden club circuit. She’s been invited to speak at the Begonia Society of Sacramento, Western Horticultural Society, San Francisco Bay Area Gardeners Society, California Academy of Sciences the Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County, and lectures to various colleges and municipalities on vegetable gardening, mediterranean gardening, pollination, plant hormones, houseplants, propagation and organic gardening. She’s also been a keynote speaker for UCCE Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County.
A highly credentialed horticulturist, Marlene holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry at the University of California, Davis.