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Grow Native! Master Class: Native Shrubs of the Lower Midwest with Alan Branhagen

March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Designing with, Maintaining, and Enjoying Native Shrubs of the Lower Midwest.

This program is a guide for those who wish to enrich their gardens or landscapes with native shrubs, and create an aesthetic that captures their spirit of our place in the Lower Midwest. The program will explore how to effectively use native shrubs to create a functional and sustainable landscape. A diversity of shrubs will be explored — designed to stir one’s imagination with the inherent beauty of our native shrubs’ forms, foliage and flowers that contribute a symphony to our senses through each season. I hope it inspires one to create a place that can celebrate the wonder of the wild, where the local fauna flourish — filled with bird and insect songs, busy bees and other beneficial bugs. Maintenance tips will be included along the way that not only keep the plants looking beautiful and healthy but also ensure you are protecting their associated fauna.

The master class, to be held via Zoom, will include 50 minutes of instruction with at least 10 minutes for a question and answer period via chat. A recording of the webinar will be available only to those that registered. One CEU for landscape architects will be available.

Cost: free to all MPF dues-paying members and Grow Native! professional members, or $15 for non-members.
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Alan J. Branhagen is Director of Operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where he supervises capital improvements, horticulture and natural resources, plant curation, facilities, and information technology. For over 20 years he was Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden and prior to that he had a nearly decade-long duty as Deputy Director of Resource Development for the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District in Rockford, Illinois.  Alan Branhagen received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University with emphasis on planning, plants and design with nature.   He wrote The Gardener’s Butterfly Book in 2001 published by the National Home Gardening Club and has written articles for Fine Gardening, Missouri Gardener, Missouri Prairie Journal, Landscape Maintenance and Restoration and Management Notes. In November 2016, Timber Press published his book Native Plants of the MidwestThe Midwest Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth-friendly Garden was just released in July 2020. Beyond public garden management, Mr. Branhagen is an all-around plantsman and naturalist (specializing in botany, birds, and butterflies) and travels throughout the Midwest and the country visiting gardens and natural areas. He grew over 1,500 taxa of plants at his Missouri garden “Luna Ridge” nestled on 6 acres of woodland and meadow (and recorded 180 species of birds and 72 species of butterflies). He is in the process of creating a new natural garden on 2.5 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in Chaska, Minnesota (I’ve already recorded 127 species of birds and steward. over 800 taxa of plants).  

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March 24
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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