Mad Gardeners, a local group composed of both professional and amateur garden enthusiasts, will host the first of three winter meetings Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in Falls Village.

The meeting will take place at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Route 7.

Kathy Diemer, a Mad Gardener member and expert on native plants and shrubs, will talk about the important roles the form and foliage of shrubs play in the winter landscape.

A roundtable discussion of gardening problems and issues presented by various members is also planned.

The meeting is free.

Future meetings will Jan. 6 and Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Richmond Citizen Center at 40 Main St. in New Milford.

For more information, call Missy Stevens at 860-868-0821.