Speaker Series

Gardeners Q&A: 2018 Edition

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
Brought to you in part by members like you. Thank you.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Three experts have agreed to be on the panel. They are Anne Willdeboor, horticulturalist at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens; Mark Gawron is the horticulturist at Powell Gardens; and Matt Evans, consulting arborist at Ryan Lawn and Tree.

Anne Wildeboor

Anne Wildeboor has been a horticulturist at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens since January 2014. She oversees anything related to horticultural at the gardens. She manages the greenhouse, designs containers and gardens, and leads installantion and maintenance.

Before joining the Overland Park Arboretum, she worked at Powell Gardens, a private estate in Shawnee, Kan., and at the Univeristy of Missouri, Kansas City. She has a bachelor of science degree in agriculture/horticulture from Kansas State University.

Mark Gawron is the horticulturist in the Heartland Harvest Garden at Powell Gardens. He joined Powell in March of 2005 working as a Gardener on the Island Garden. Mark began his career with edibles and a passion for sustainable and local food production with Kansas State Research and Extension as a Research Technician for the state’s fruit and vegetable specialist. During that time, he worked on raised-bed strawberry production, tomato varieties for commercial production, organic tomato production, AAS vegetable trials, no-till vegetable production and other projects.

In the fall of 2013, Mark returned to Powell Gardens to work in the Heartland Harvest Garden. In 2015, Mark also managed the acre of High tunnel tomato production for Powell Gardens supplying 26 tons of tomatoes to local grocery stores, restaurants, schools and food pantries. Mark and his wife, Kristi, are raising three children and putting efforts into growing their own small farm.

Matt Evans, consulting arborist at Ryan Lawn and Tree, has a bachelor’s degree in horticultural science from Kansas State University. He has been an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist since 1996. In 2007 he was certified as a Master Arborist by the ISA. He also has served on the board of directors for the Kansas Arborist Association.

Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.

The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People: Gardening and Beyond with Maria Fadiman

The speaker, Maria Fadiman
The speaker, Maria Fadiman

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
Brought to you in part by members like you. Thank you.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Location, New Date and New Time!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Even to gardeners, the relationship of plants to people is deeper and more intricate than most of us realize. Plants change us, and we change them.

The speaker, Maria Fadiman, dancing on stage during one of her talks.
The speaker, Maria Fadiman, dancing on stage during one of her talks.

Maria Fadiman, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer will help us explore some of these relationships in a program titled “The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People: Gardening and Beyond.”

Maria Fadiman, an associate professor of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, who has presented TEDx Berkeley and TEDx Cancún talks on related topics. She is an ethnobotanist who has studied rainforests of Central and South America, the savannahs in Africa, and plants of Tibet, China, the Philippines and elsewhere.

In this talk, Maria, will look at gardening and people’s connection with plants throughout the globe.

She will help us explore how people grow food, ornamental and medicinal plants in their homes and gardens in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. She will talk about what’s behind the scenes of what most people see in the Bahamas and about how to get kids to go beyond the hotels and cement and into the bush. She will show us the peaks of Tibet and the growth of interest s about the plant knowledge of community elders grows among younger generations.

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

She plans to lead us on an exploration of various facets of gardening and plant use and how we can help get others excited about the flora of the world.
She is currently working on a global scale cross-cultural study of people’s use of cultural keystone species (the flora and fauna that are deemed important to the survival of a culture) and how these plants can be incentives for preserving a larger ecosystem.

In addition to her peer reviewed articles, book chapters and essays, she has an essay in “Global Chorus,” a collection of over 365 perspectives on our environmental future. Other “Global Chorus” writers are the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Jane Goodall.

Maria also an essay titled “Rainforest Creatures: The Creepy, Cute and Us” in the 2015 essay collection “No More Endlings: Saving Species One Story at a Time.”

Her essay “How I Survived: Jungle Shock” was included in the 2009 book “National Geographic Complete Survival Manual.”

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Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.

 

 

Selecting Perennials for Landscape Durability and Sustainability for the Lower Midwest with Bill Malouche.

The speaker, Bill Malouche.
The speaker, Bill Malouche.

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
Brought to you in part by members like you. Thank you.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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New Location!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Area horticulture expert Bill Malouche plans to talk about “Selecting Perennials for Landscape Durability and Sustainability for the Lower Midwest.”

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

Bill Malouche studied horticulture at Kansas State University before working for several horticultural companies in the Kansas City area. For the past 24 years, Bill has managed the Kansas City office of National Nursery Products, a horticultural sales, marketing and consulting group representing regional and national wholesale growers to the greenhouse grower, retail garden center and landscape professional.

Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

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We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.

The Midcentury Modern Landscape with Ethne Clarke

The speaker, Ethne Clarke.
The speaker, Ethne Clarke.

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
Brought to you in part by members like you. Thank you.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Location, New Date and New Time!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

 

Midcentury Modern homes add distinctive lines and angles to the neighborhoods of Kansas City and its suburbs. The gardens designed to complement the houses blurred the line between indoors and outdoors, creating gardens for living.

The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.
The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is the title of Ethne Clarke’s newest book and also the title of the program she plans to present when in April she returns to Kansas City.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is a fresh guide for gardeners and garden designers seeking bold approaches to redefine outdoor spaces or people wishing to learn about the history of Midcentury Modern aesthetics.

The Midcentury Modern period is 1940-70. Ethne’s book documents the transformation of Modernism to Midcentury Modern, the impact of World War II, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence, the spread of Bauhaus architecture on the East Coast, post-war suburbs and the rise of West Coast ranch-style living.

Ethne greeted Gardeners Connect audiences in 2011 when she presented a program at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on “The Making of Hidcote,” which was based on her books on the famous English garden created by American expatriate Lawrence Johnston, and the Italian gardens of Cecil Pinsent.

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

She is author of 16 garden-related books on practical gardening, design and landscape history. Some of the titles of her other books are “Herb Garden Design,” “English Cottage Gardens,” “The Art of the Kitchen Garden” and “The Gardens of Tuscany.”

Ethne is the former editor of “Organic Gardening” magazine, former garden editor of “Traditional Home” and contributing editor for “House & Garden.”

She researched architectural history between the Arts and Crafts period and early Modernism, and this has been a guiding influence on the renovation of her house and garden in Colorado, a small Midcentury Modern ranch built in 1958.

 

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Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.