I began my gardening adventures planting perennials and herbs when we purchased our first home in the Twin Cities back in the early 1980s. By the time we moved to Green Bay a decade later, I was ready to tackle designing and planting the landscape surrounding our newly constructed home. Eventual moves to warmer climes allowed me to enjoy experimenting with hybrid tea roses in the Bay Area in Northern California and azaleas, magnolias, and crape myrtles in Memphis. By the time we returned to Northeast Wisconsin 7 years ago, the USDA had changed the hardiness zone from 4b to 5a, opening up new plant possibilities for consideration. With the days of erratic schedules carpooling our boys to hockey and soccer games behind us, I was finally able to begin coursework to become a Master Gardener volunteer in 2010. My gardening knowledge and interests continue to grow as a member of the Outagamie County Master Gardeners, Wild Ones Fox Valley Area, North East Wisconsin Herb Society of America, and Friends of High Cliff State Park.