Alan Branhagen is Director of Operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and previously held the position of Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden. He is the author of The Gardener's Butterfly Book and has written articles for publications including Fine Gardening, Missouri Gardener, Missouri Prairie Journal, Landscape Maintenance, and Restoration and Management Notes. Alan is a naturalist and plantsman specializing in botany, butterflies, and birds, utilizing his background in garden design and management. He is currently creating and restoring a three-acre prairie and woodland garden around his home.
Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden
The Gardener's Butterfly Book
Having been associated with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum since 1982 has given me the opportunity to work at a variety of tasks including managing the maple syrup production, working on wetland projects with graduate students, and helping to prepare and maintain research plots. I have set up bluebird trails, wood duck houses, and osprey nests, and recorded sightings of bird, mammal, and butterfly species for the Arboretum. I continue to write about the natural world for the Arboretum Magazine and do many nature walks and talks.
photo: Susie E. Hopper
Nature at Our Doorstep