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Marlene Simon is a UC educated and blue collar trained horticulturist from Northern California

Urban farming, succulents, strange edibles, corpse plants, orchids…there is a never-ending as to what Marlene has grown. This on-air gardener with the outdoorsy, natural looks and sharp, cutting wit has even been known to use a chainsaw during a live TV segment. It’s no wonder horticulturalist Marlene Simon is a popular contributor to Good Day Sacramento, appearing bi-weekly on the highly rated weekend edition. Her fans affectionately know her simply as “The Plant Lady” and are addicted to her entertaining tips on the home-grown green revolution. Marlene draws inspiration from her personal passions, ranging from inside/outside planting to pruning to repurposing old tools and her estate sale “treasures” -- 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 is the staff Horticulturalist. Here Marlene grows and cares for over 3,000 species of the world’s most exotic/rare 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 triathlon. 

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.  This goal setting, stepwise planning to accomplish, and daily drive to attain success of the plan is a pillar theme in Marlene’s message to her followers.  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 digital presence on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Live and YouTube, providing her audience personal access and an intimate view into how she explores and integrates her passions into her home life.


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