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Explore the charms of the Midwestern landscape during Powell Gardens Lecture Series in Kansas City

Powell Gardens' Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen brings lessons from the prairies and woodlands to life in the first talk of the 2015-16 Powell Gardens Kansas City Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City.

With photography from his extensive travels across the Midwest, Branhagen will share the spirit of the Midwestern landscape--from Ohio's edge of the Appalachian Plateau in the east to Kansas’ Flint Hills in the west. Learn about the extraordinary floral resources from the tallgrass prairie and about the central hardwood forest ecosystems that define the Midwest. Get a taste for which plants (from shade trees to annuals) are most gardenworthy and learn why it is important to include these beautiful plants in all landscapes.

Alan Branhagen has served as Powell Gardens’ director of horticulture since 1996. An all around plantsman and naturalist, Branhagen specializes in garden design, native plants and landscape design for wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. In late 2016, his book about the best plants for the Midwest is scheduled to be published by Timber Press.

Before joining Powell Gardens, Branhagen was Deputy Director of Resource Development at the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District in Rockford, Ill., where he designed, developed and managed 30 preserves, including the Klehm Arboretum and Northern Illinois Botanic Garden. Born and raised in Decorah, Iowa, he holds degrees in landscape architecture from Iowa State University and Louisiana State University.

Registration Information
The lecture is free to attend, but reservations are required. Email lburton@powellgardens.org or call 816.697.2600 x209.

About Powell Gardens
Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, is a not-for-profit public charity with the mission to inspire an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives.