This TV gardener with the outdoorsy, natural looks is wacky, hilarious, off the cuff, unpredictable and has even been known to use a chainsaw during a live TV segment. It’s no wonder professional gardener and horticulturist Marlene Simon is a popular contributor to Good Day Sacramento. Her fans affectionately know her simply as ‘The Plant Lady” and are addicted to her entertaining tips on the home-grown green revolution. Marlene covers everything on TV from inside/outside planting to pruning to repurposing old garden tools and door sheds: even transforming them into clever, rustic home and garden décor.
Her home away from home is the magical UC Davis Botanical Conservatory in Davis, California where she’s their in-house horticulturist. It’s here where Marlene grows and cares for over 3,000 specimens of some of the most exotic, strangest and rarest plants and flowers in the entire world.
Marlene’s personal, jaw-dropping backyard is a die-hard gardener’s dream oasis. Her 1930’s farmhouse sits on 40 acres and consists of acres and acres of walnut orchards. One acre of her massive backyard is just devoted to growing orchids, succulents, edibles, vegetables and flowers. Talk about a green thumb!