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Megan Cain

Owner, The Creative Vegetable Gardener and author, Smart Start Garden Planner

Megan Cain is a garden speaker, educator, and author in Madison, WI. She is setting out to create a legion of gardening addicts that successfully and passionately grow their own food. Through her gardening education business, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, she helps people get more from their gardens by first mastering the essentials and then indulging in the colorful details that make gardening not just a favorite pastime, but a lifestyle. Megan is the founder of the Flavorful Life Garden Club, an online learning community of passionate gardeners who want to learn how to grow and eat the best food of their lives. She is also the author of Super Easy Food Preserving (self-published, 2014) and Smart Start Garden Planner: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Season (self-published, 2017) Megan’s popular blog was nominated as one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2016 by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. During the gardening season Megan can be found in her front yard vegetable garden shooting photos for her books and website, harvesting colorful produce, and chatting with neighbors. When winter arrives in Wisconsin, Megan hits the road as a popular speaker, traveling to regional gardening conferences in the Midwest, and makes the rounds chatting about gardening as a guest on gardening podcasts.


GARDEN 101: The New Edible Garden

Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden

Today’s edible gardens are nothing like your Grandma’s. No longer banished to a side yard or straight row plantings, they are beautifully incorporated into the garden with many new edibles to try. Learn from 3 leading authors many new ways to add interest in your edible garden. Megan Cain shares fresh ideas to elevate an ordinary edible garden to an extraordinary one, becoming a garden that inspires joy as well as produce. Ellen Zachos is the life of the party as she shows you how easy it is to make delicious, one-of-a-kind drinks with wildcrafted ingredients. And Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden and go beyond lettuce with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

10 Mistakes I Made in My Edible Garden So You Don’t Have To

Trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience. But, you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones! Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she’s made in her (and others’) gardens so you can avoid them in your own. Topics covered will include being strategic in what you grow, correct watering, inviting pollinators for more produce, and record keeping.

Sunday, Feb 11 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow