Marlene Simon

UC Davis Horticulturist
Marlene Simon
Marlene is a horticulturist at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory where she cares for over 4,000 different plant species including tropicals, aroids, carnivorous, rare and endangered plants.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Got Hormones? The Do's and Don'ts of Stem/Leaf Propagation

Got Hormones? The Do's and Don'ts of Stem/Leaf Propagation

Wednesday, August 4th, 5:30pm-6:50pm PT / 8:30pm-9:50pm ET

Taking stem or leaf cuttings can be an easy and cheap way of obtaining more plants and we all want more plants. But knowing the basic science and why's behind this practice will help you become even more successful. This session will focus on the hormones, myths, tips and tricks that are key to propagating easy to those more-difficult-to-root plants.

Taking stem or leaf cuttings can be an easy and cheap way of obtaining more plants and we all want more plants. But knowing the basic science and why's behind this practice will help you become even more successful. This session will focus on the hormones, myths, tips and tricks that are key to propagating easy to those more-difficult-to-root plants.

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Bio

Marlene is living out her dream working as a horticulturist at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory where she cares for over 4,000 different species of plants from all over the world. These include tropicals, succulents, aroids (including the corpse plant) and carnivorous plants. On any given day she can be found propagating variegated Monstera one moment and potting up a rare succulent the next. Her other roles include teaching a plant internship program and guiding tours of college classes and people of all ages through the conservatory. She is also runs the IPM (integrated pest management) program where she is proud to say she uses primarily beneficial insects. 

In addition she can be found answering viewers' questions and discussing garden topics on a Sacramento/Northern California news show every other Sunday where she is known as "the plant lady". Once a month she appears nationally on the Daytime show.  Her podcast Flower Power Garden Hour covers all aspects of plants and gardening and takes a deep dive into subjects covered by expertise guests. At home she has an extensive vegetable and flower garden where she experiments growing strange and unusual edibles... can you say Zucca gourd?  Gardening since the age of 6, she has interned and worked at many places including writing a garden column for the Sacramento Bee, interning at the Sunset Magazine test garden and working as a gardener at the world famous Winchester Mystery House.. you'll have to ask if she has seen a ghost. Marlene has her B.S in Horticulture from UC Davis and has gone through the Master Gardener training program. When not gardening or lecturing to garden clubs she can be found training for triathlons and caring for her many many many cats.

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