About Mid-American Gardener
Mid-American Gardener is a live call-in/roundtable discussion program hosted by horticulture expert Dianne Noland, instructor of five courses in the University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Dianne received both her bachelor and master of science degrees in horticulture from the U of I and worked for several tree nurseries in central Illinois. Her informal style of engaging and encouraging people, whether experienced or novice gardeners, puts callers and letter writers to Mid-American Gardener at ease.
Dianne is joined by guest experts who are highly trained professionals from around Illinois. Many are University of Illinois professors and Extension advisors with varied expertise in the fields of entomology, horticulture and landscape design. Some are master gardeners, and a few own and operate nurseries and gardening centers.
Dianne and the expert panelists provide roundtable show-and-tell presentations, answer letter and video questions from viewers and provide animated roll-ins featuring fun facts and other gardening questions and answers. Mid-American Gardener, which premiered (under the title Illinois Gardener) on WILL-TV on May 1, 1992, has a loyal following of viewers who tune in to get tips on garden pests, what to plant, diseases attacking lawns and plants, as well as pruning and other basics of plant and tree care specific to Hardiness Zone 5.