Linda Beutler: Social Climbing, New Directions for Clematis

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Refreshments begin at 10 a.m.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Download a pdf of the program:
Social Climbing, New Directions for Clematis 66.9MB

Download pdf of the program:
About the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection 9.28MB

A new book on clematis has author Linda Beutler returning to Kansas City for a free lecture on Saturday morning, March 18.

Linda is curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and author of “Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis” (Timber Press 2016). This is Linda’s second book on clematis and in it she lets loose with stronger opinions and more direct advice. Expect the same when she presents her program, ” Social Climbing: New Directions for Clematis.”


Just click on the image above to buy the book and pick it up at the event on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

A garden well decorated with clematis need not be limited to hoisting them aloft on built structures, she says. At the Rogerson Clematis Garden, which has more than 1,600 clematis in the ground, clematises are far more often partnered with roses and ornamental shrubs than grown on trellises. This presentation highlights innovative plant collaborations and using clematis as horizontal ā€” rather than vertical ā€” layers and even as summer-long blooming groundcovers. Up is not the only direction!

Linda was a professional florist for more than 20 years, and her first love in her own garden was growing flowers and foliage for cutting. Her focus changed when she purchased her first clematis as a misnamed plant. Her personal collection of this genus now numbers 300 separate species and cultivars. Her passion for clematis led to the publication of her first book, “Gardening With Clematis” (2004, Timber Press).

She followed that book with “Garden to Vase” (2007, Timber Press).
Some members might remember Linda from when she presented a gardeners Connect program in 2008.

Linda has been the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection since 2007 and in 2013 was elected the first American president of the International Clematis Society.

The Rogerson Clematis Collection in Lake Oswego, OR. Its founder was Brewster Rogerson, a former K-State professor of English. He collected hundreds of clematis and retired to the Pacific Northwest.