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Online Class

How To Grow Anything: Make Your Trees & Shrubs Thrive

by The Great Courses

Discover techniques for selecting, growing and maintaining gorgeous trees and shrubs that will transform your outdoor spaces into the relaxing oasis you deserve.

What You Get

  • 12 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom


Join horticulturist, certified arborist and nationally syndicated garden-show host Melinda Myers and learn how to make trees and shrubs an integral and manageable part of outdoor spaces you'll love. Taking you through a variety of different landscapes, climates and seasons, Melinda will reveal effective — and practical — gardening techniques and strategies for purchasing, planting and caring for trees and shrubs. Learn about the many trees and shrubs that make great fits for landscapes with different climates, soil types and size constraints. Then, get insider tips and techniques for growing and maintaining your trees and shrubs, and find out how to enhance their ornamental appeal with pruning methods that create tunnels or help plantings grow flat against walls and fences. Branch into new gardening skills today to grow stunning trees and shrubs — and save money in the long run!

Lesson Breakdown

1. A Framework for Your Landscape
Explore the many possibilities for framing your landscape with trees and shrubs. Get ideas for landscapes of different sizes, and discover the importance of considering everything from flowers and fruit to texture and mature size, when choosing trees and shrubs for your unique patch of land.
2. Form & Function in the Landscape
3. Trees & Shrubs for Challenging Conditions
4. Shopping for the Best Trees & Shrubs
5. Planting Your Trees & Shrubs
6. Spring & Summer Care of Trees & Shrubs
7. Fall & Winter Care of Trees & Shrubs
8. Pruning Old & Young Trees
9. Pruning Shrubs
10. When Trees & Shrubs Fail to Thrive
11. Restoring a Landscape to Health
12. Expanding Your Landscape's Framework

Taught by

Melinda Myers - Instructor
Melinda Myers - Instructor
Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She has authored more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening (Can't Miss series) and Birds & Blooms' Ultimate Gardening Guide, and she is a columnist for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has also hosted The Plant Doctor radio program, seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS and the nationally syndicated YardWorks.