By Kim Charles


Rita Rodenberg returns to her roots in her own backyard.

"After retiring from the teaching profession, I explored a number of hobbies and found my backyard calling to me.  You see, my roots were on an Iowa farm and I loved my rural upbringing.   So, to connect with my past, my goal became to transform my backyard, in central Wisconsin, into a place of tranquility and beauty.  I started out with a small hosta garden planted around a tree and then added small gardens each year until the perimeters of my backyard were full.  I left a small grass area in the middle for the grandchildren's play area. I would describe my gardens as country style gardens.  I try to have color in my gardens for the three seasons and to keep them full so there is little weeding.  I manage the over-growth of my gardens with a plant sale in the Spring.  With the money I make, I add new plants and yard art to my gardens.  I have returned to my my own backyard."

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