If you’re looking to changeup your landscape by going back to natives, check out Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants, Saturday, February 16 at the Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus, Denver. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Carol O'Meara, Colorado State University Extension
Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension

Conference and seminar planners have been busy this winter, planning an array of classes to expand gardeners’ minds and feed their souls. If you’re looking to changeup your landscape by going back to natives, check out Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants, Saturday, February 16 at the Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus, Denver.

This blockbuster natives event has grown in popularity and sells out each year.  If you’re interested in design, construction, and inspiration for using natives in your garden, this is the must-attend event of the spring. Kicking off the event is Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

After the morning Keynote, participants can choose to attend smaller breakout sessions, focusing your education on what helps you plan for success with native plants. In the first breakout session, enjoy either New to Natives: Plant It and They Will Come: Habitat Gardening with author Susan Tweit or Know the Natives: Historic Uses of Colorado Native Plants with Jim Tolstrup, Executive Director of the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland.

In session two, check out: New to Natives: Adding Native Plants to Your Existing Landscape Colorado State University’s Ronda Koski or Know the Natives: Penstemons for Colorado Gardens with Denver Botanic Gardens’ Mike Kintgen.

Sessions four and five include New to Natives: Plant This, Not That: Colorado Native Plant Alternatives to Common Garden Plants with Colorado State University Extension Agent Deryn Davidson, Know the Natives: Native Grasses with Denver Botanic Gardens’ Nick Daniel, New to Natives: Natives for Year Round Interest with Colorado State University Extension Agent Irene Shonle, and Know the Natives: Colorado Native Plants on Green Roofs With Colorado State University’s Jennifer Bousselot.

Closing the day is a rousing Keynote by noted horticulturist Pat Hayward, who is speaking on The Nature of Colorado’s Native Plant Industry: Unveiling the Mysteries Behind Supply, Demand, and Selection.

Snacks are provided with your registration fee and vendor booths will be open during registration, lunch, and breaks.  Sponsoring organizations include the Butterfly Pavilion, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado Native Plant Master Program, Colorado Native Plant Society, Denver Botanic Gardens, Front Range Wild Ones, High Plains Environmental Center and Susan J Tweit, author.


IF YOU GO:
What: Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants conference
When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Auraria Campus, Tivoli Turnhalle Hall, 900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver
Cost: $90, student cost: $45 with valid student ID 
Registration Information: Visit landscapingwithcoloradonativeplants
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By Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension. CSU Extension together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information contact Colorado State University Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail comeara@bouldercounty.org or visit ext.colostate.edu/boulder.