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Learning with Lunch

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, along with Western Iowa Tech Community College and Hy-Vee, are thinking spring is just around the corner. The Feb. 6, Learning with Lunch will be a program by Master Gardener, Duane Kent. The program is titled "Perennials for the Shade."

For some gardeners, shady areas are problem spots in the home landscape. Many plants, however, perform well in shady areas. Selecting and planting shade tolerant perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs can turn a shady site into attractively landscaped areas.

Simple guidelines can be used when designing and planting any perennial garden:

* Define your area.

* Choose plants that will tolerate existing soil conditions, especially when planting around tree roots.

* Call Iowa One Call

* Place largest-maturing plants in back or center of beds.

* Space plants liberally allowing plenty of room to grow.

* Create interest.

* Repeat colors, shapes and textures.

* Consider optimum viewing times.

* Consider planting for a continually changing display.

* Plan for maintenance.

* And most of all, take time to enjoy the results.

Join Duane Kent for just the right information to help you discover that perennials for shade are so much more than Hostas. You will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Cost for the program is $6 per person, which covers the cost of a light lunch. To reserve a seat and lunch, participants must preregister by Tuesday, Feb. 5 by calling the Cherokee County Extension office at 225-6196, or email xcherokee@iastate.edu to preregister.

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