Sugar maple in fall color


2016 Fall Lecture Series Presented by Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical gardenTM 

This fall we invite you to attend two inspiring and illuminating lectures taking place at The Kansas City Public Library—Plaza Branch in Kansas City, Mo. 

Saving Plants, Saving Ourselves presented by Dr. Peter Raven

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at The Kansas City Public Library—Plaza Branch
Free and open to the public; please register at

A leading botanist and conservation advocate, Dr. Peter Raven will speak on the importance of caring for the plants in our lives. Dr. Raven is president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis. Described by Time magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," Dr. Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment. 

Dr. Raven is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan and the U.S. National Medal of Science, the country's highest award for scientific accomplishment. He has held Guggenheim and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships. 

The author of numerous books and reports, both popular and scientific, Dr. Raven co-wrote Biology of Plants, an internationally best-selling textbook, now in its sixth edition. 

Native Plants of the Midwest presented by Alan Branhagen 

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at The Kansas City Public Library—Plaza Branch 
Free and open to the public; please RSVP (link will open the Kansas City Public Library's event page). 

Powell Gardens' Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen will discuss his latest book, Native Plants of the Midwest, and offer ideas on how to enrich your landscape with native plants. The session is part of Powell Gardens' 2016 Native Plant School series.  In his new book, Alan provides the ultimate guide to the best indigenous plants for midwestern gardens, including valuable tips on selection and design. 

Before being named director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, Alan was deputy director of resource development for the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District. He received his bachelor of landscape architecture from Iowa State University and a master of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University with an emphasis on planning, plants and garden design. 

Native Plants of the Midwest—A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden is available in stores, including Perennial Gifts at Powell Gardens, and will be sold at the lecture.