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Plants And Trees Made For The Shade


We do love our trees but it can be challenging to understand what we can plant in the shade they create. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, guest host Rick Brewer explores the variety of plants that grow in full or partial shade, from shrubs to small trees and so much more.

Then, Aaron Steil and Mark Vitosh join the conversation to answer listener questions.


  • Ed Lyon, director, Reiman Gardens
  • Aaron Steil, consumer horticulture specialist, Iowa State University Extension
  • Mark Vitosh, forester, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
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Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa