Alan is Back!

We’re excited to tell you that Alan J. Branhagen will be the Guest Speaker at Natural Land Institute’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, March 13. Many of you from the Rockford area know Alan from his time working at Winnebago Co. Forest Preserve District, now known as Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. He’s been back to visit many times and we’re delighted he has arranged to return for our very special occasion.

About Alan J. Branhagen

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 Midwest.  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. He is starting a new garden on 2.4 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in Chaska, Minnesota.

Dinner Information

Natural Land Institute’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, March 13 starts at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, live Swing and Jazz music by the Tom Flanigan Quartet, dinner at 6:45 p.m., and program at 7:30 p.m.  In addition to Alan Branhagen being the Guest Speaker the program will include the presentation of the George and Barbara Fell Award to Debra Carey, Executive Director of Dixon Park District, and comments by NLI’s Executive Director, Kerry Leigh, who will highlight 60 years of land preservation.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. He is starting a new garden on 2.4 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in Chaska, Minnesota.

Tickets to the 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner cost $60 each for non-members (includes a one year introductory membership) and $45 each for NLI members. Tables of 10 are available for $600 (non-members) and $450 (NLI members). A Table Sponsorship is available for $1,000. Call 815/964-6666 for more information and to order tickets or purchase online at www.NaturalLand.org by March 7, 2018.

Thank you to our SPONSORS:

The 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner event sponsors are: BUR OAK ($2,500): Dan and Susan Swift; CHINKAPIN OAK/TABLE ($1,000):  Ed and Vicki Eggers, Dan and Sue Loescher, Applied Ecological Services, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd., Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, Nicor Gas; SWAMP WHITE OAK ($500): Boone County Conservation District, Conservation Land Stewardship, LLC, Viking Chemical.