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Television Home and Garden Personality Marlene Simon is from Sacramento, California. This on-air 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 horticulturist Marlene Simon has been a popular bi-monthly studio and field contributor on Good Day Sacrament0 for the past four years. Her fans affectionately know her simply as ‘The Plant Lady” and are addicted to her entertaining tips on the home-grown, green and urban farming revolution. Marlene draws inspiration from her personal passions, ranging from inside/outside planting to pruning to repurposing old garden tools and estate sale treasures, transforming them into clever, rustic home and garden décor. Here are some of her highly rated television topics: Five fun plants for a children’s sensory garden, Easy to make cement planters and containers, Growing and caring for air plants, How to make your own organic pesticides, Tomato troubleshooting: diagnosing and correcting tomato issues, Top plants to grow inside to cleanse the air -based on a NASA study, Edible weeds and flowers, Growing and caring for Staghorn ferns, Strange and unusual plants to grow, How to brew your own compost tea, Good pests verses bad pests in your garden, How to make patio lights from gourds grown in your garden, and Growing and caring for carnivorous plants.
Her home away from home is the magical and magnificent UC Davis Botanical Conservatory in Davis, California where she’s the staff horticulturist. It’s here where Marlene grows and cares for over 3,000 specimens of the world’s most exotic, strangest and rarest plants and flowers.
In her spare time between appearing on Good Day Sacramento and work at the Conservatory, she guest lectures on all topics of organic gardening. As a fervent animal lover, Marlene donates her expertise to establish a wildlife garden at a regional non-profit wildlife center. When not immersed in the plant world, she can be found training daily for her next adventure, spanning from mountaineering to triathlons.
In addition to years of practical experience, Marlene earned her degree in Horticulture at UC Davis. As an undergrad student, she worked as an intern at the Conservatory and targeted working there professionally as her ultimate dream job. Her classroom now is her backyard, a die-hard gardener’s dream oasis. Her 1930’s farmhouse sits on 40 acres of walnut orchards in the heart of Northern California’s agricultural heartland. Several acres of her massive backyard is devoted to growing succulents, unusual edibles, vegetables and flowers. This setting often acts as a backdrop for Marlene’s large digital presence on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Live and YouTube (15K followers), providing her audience personal access and an intimate view into how she explores and integrates her passion for gardening into her home life.