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October 6

It's not easy...Being GREEN

Joshua Spece

Owner: In The Country Garden & Gifts Independence, IA

Joshua Spece's obsession with hostas began as a child, when his grandmother began buying hostas for her shady yard. His hosta collection soon out numbered her's and eventually resulted in him and his mom, Sue, opening a nursery, In The Country Garden & Gifts, in 1998. In The Country specializes in innovative hostas, choice shade perennials, water plants, rock garden plants, dwarf conifers, and succulents and ships plants to gardeners across the country.

He graduated in 2000 with an AAS degree in Horticulture. Being in a wheelchair creates obvious obstacles in the garden for Josh, but with a little creativity, a lot of determination, and much help and support from family and friends, physical limitations don't get in the way.

Josh's garden features water gardens, hundreds of varieties of hostas, rock gardens, trough gardens, ornamental grasses, dwarf conifers, unusual trees and shrubs, succulents, and many uncommon sun and shade perennials.

Josh regularly contributes articles and photos to the American Hosta Society's The Hosta Journal. He was awarded the AHS Best New Author award in 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Hosta Society and is a past board member of the American Hosta Grower's Association.

Josh is a long-time member of the Eastern Iowa Pond Society and is an occasional contributor to their monthly newsletter, as well as the club's webmaster. Josh speaks frequently on hostas, succulents, shade gardens, water gardening, water plants, and accessible gardening to garden and pond clubs, Master Gardener groups, and other gardening groups and events.

If you need more details, see the In The Country Garden & Gifts website: