Michael Weishan – America's Favorite TV Gardener!

In addition to spending five years as the host of The Victory Garden on PBS, appearing on numerous network programs including The Today Show and the CBS Early Show, authoring three gardening books, as well as actively heading his own landscape design firm, Michael is a popular member of the garden lecture circuit, entertaining audiences with his trademark sense of humor and 35 years of gardening experience. (For Michael's complete BIO, click HERE.)

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Michael routinely travels throughout the US and Canada speaking at home & garden shows, garden club meetings, museums, historical societies, and corporate events on a variety of topics.  With his signature sense of humor and thirty-five years of horticultural expertise, Michael just may be the perfect speaker for your next garden-related program.

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Featured Lectures: 2013-2014 Season

The Seven Deadly Sins of the Modern American Landscape– And How to Avoid Them!

A light-hearted look at seven common errors we all make in our gardens. (Illustrated, 45-55 minutes.)


Greening the Victory Garden

Interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables in an environmentally sensible way, but don't know how to get started? Here's a garden primer for a manageable, easily expandable beginner's plot that takes you from buying your first shovel, to breaking ground, to harvesting that long awaited fresh-from-the-garden meal – all without breaking the bank. (Illustrated 45 minutes)


Curb Appeal

Five easy and affordable steps to improving your home’s appearance, and increasing its value. (Illustrated, 45-55 minutes)


The Secret History of Your Backyard

From ancient royal oasis to modern urban retreat, today’s landscapes owe their existence to some pretty amazing turns in history. This illustrated lecture explains why American gardens look like they do, and where they may be going from here. (In two parts, each 45-55 minutes, on separate days or with intermission,)


Old House, Old Garden

A how-to guide for renovating and redesigning landscapes for period properties. (Illustrated, 45-55 minutes)


The Intimate Garden

The delights and challenges of designing small scale gardens.
(Illustrated, 45-55 minutes)


Rethinking the American Backyard

Better ideas for outdoor living
(Illustrated, 45-55 minutes)


Nobody's Perfect

A laughing look-back at some of my biggest gardening mistakes.(Not illustrated, suitable for small groups or conferences; 20-25 minutes)

Here's what people are saying about Michael's talks:

Your talk on “The Seven Deadly Sins of the Modern American Landscape - And How to Avoid Them!,” was highly entertaining and educational for all levels of gardeners. Being an association that represents the green industry, you can imagine how many different segments we serve. I can honestly say that everyone was extremely happy with your appearance and professional demeanor. My only regret is that I didn't order a large enough room - we had people standing in the aisles and out the door!"

Aimee McAuliffe
Manager of Member Programs & Education
Oregon Association of Nurseries


"Thank you very much for the appealing and informative program 'Old House, Old Garden' you presented here for our Garden Weekend Event. I know from talking informally with our visitors throughout the afternoon that they enjoyed the talk and the opportunity to meet you in person. Your program was particularly effective at helping home gardeners to
incorporate elements of historic design and construction into a contemporary landscape to create a new, old garden."

Christie Higgenbottom
Research Historian
Old Sturbridge Village and Museum,
Sturbridge MA

Thanks for presenting the program "Old House, Old Garden" at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, OH on November 5, 2005. You came well prepared with an illustrated presentation on how to match a period property with period landscaping, using wonderful examples of different types of architecture, combined with different plants, trees, flowers, and lawn ornaments. The audience appreciated your insight into the topic, and also enjoyed your humor and your manner of presentation. They especially loved the chance to ask questions, and the frank answers to the many queries you received. All and all, I would highly recommend you as a speaker at any garden event.

Laura Calvelage
Public Programs Assistant
Ohio Historical Society



The presentation offered valuable information to every homeowner, and achieved a perfect balance of entertainment and education.  Audiences of both genders were amused and informed as you gently poked fun at common landscaping mistakes, while offering realistic, affordable, do-it-yourself alternatives and improvements. We appreciated your knowledge, wit and style, and hope to work with you again in the future. 

Tom James, President
James & Associates Creative Media Services