The Dodge County Master Gardener Association will host Rob Zimmer, who will share his knowledge of shade gardening at their next monthly meeting Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the Dodge County Administration Building Auditorium at 127 East Oak St. in Juneau. The program is free and open to gardeners of all levels of experience and skill. Participants will also become familiar with the Master Gardener program and meet others with gardening interests.
Rob Zimmer is Your Yard MD, garden writer for the Appleton Post-Crescent, Fond du Lac Reporter, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sheboygan Press, Green Bay Press Gazette and other Gannett Wisconsin newspapers.
With over 20 years of outdoors and garden writing experience, his articles have appeared in such publications as Birdwatcher's Digest, Birders World, Birds and Blooms, Wisconsin Gardening, Wisconsin Natural Resources, Wildlife Conservation, Silent Sports, Country Journal, Wisconsin Sportsman, Michigan Out of Doors and others.
Gardening in the shade has many challenges, and often people resort to the favorite fallback plant: hostas. Although Rob has over 800 varieties of hostas in his garden, he will also teach about using a variety of plants and techniques, including monkshood, toad lily, ligularia and ferns, as well as many native spring ephemerals that all thrive in the shade.
For more information about the Master Gardener Association and upcoming educational opportunities, contact the Dodge County UW Extension office at 920-386-3790, visit the website at http://dodge.uwex.edu/master-gardener/ or connect with them on Facebook.