Rob is a retired chemical engineer. He spent 25 years with Black & Veatch in Kansas City where he was Vice President of Process Engineering and Technology. His passion for shade gardening and hostas has grown over the past 35+ years since he and his wife Sheri moved into their shaded woodland home in Olathe, Kansas.
Their shade gardens have been featured on various public garden tours, on local TV, and in the Kansas City Homes and Gardens Magazine. For 20 years, Rob operated Made in the Shade Gardens – a retail and mail order hosta specialty nursery. Rob is now devoted full time to Made in the Shade Tissue Culture – a plant tissue culture laboratory specializing in hosta propagation.
In 2000, Rob registered and introduced his first hosta cultivar named ‘Heart and Soul’. His other hosta introductions include ‘Stitch in Time’, ‘Mouse Capades’, ‘Rising Star’, and ‘Carry On’. In 2019, ‘Stitch in Time’ was awarded Honorable Mention in its first year of competition toward the AHS Benedict Garden Performance Medal.
Rob is a frequent speaker at hosta clubs and gardening groups across the country. He is a Johnson County Kansas Extension Master Gardener where he served on the Advisory Board. He has also served on the Executive Board of the American Hosta Society, on the board of the American Hosta Growers Association, and as a Contributing Editor for The Hosta Journal.
Rob co-chaired the 2017 Midwest Regional Hosta Convention in Lenexa, Kansas. Along with his fellow Johnson County Master Gardeners, they hosted “Hostas in the Lands of Ahhhs”.