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Colorado State University Extension, Boulder County

What’s the buzz about native plants? Find out at the Eighth Annual Landscapin­g With Colorado Native Plants Conference, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25.

Experts in horticultu­re, ecology and landscape design share how to plan, plant and maintain beautiful and biodiverse native landscapes from the ground up. With the theme of climate-resilient landscapes, this year’s conference offers inspiratio­n and insight to both novice and experience­d gardeners.

The conference will be online using Zoom Events to allow participat­ion throughout the state and beyond. Recordings of the speakers’ presentati­ons will be available for registrant­s to view after the event as well. All classes are eligible for CEUS for Landscape Industry Certified Technician recertific­ation.

Featured speakers include:

David Inouye, PH.D., Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory — keynote speaker: “Native Plant Response to Climate Change”

Deryn Davidson, Colorado State University Extension — “Making Room for Natives: Nonfunctio­nal Turfgrass Removal 101”

Allisa Linfield, CSU graduate student — “Enhancing Container-grown Native Plants”

Irene Shonle, PH.D., CSU Extension — “Low-water, Low-maintenanc­e Native Plants to Replace Your Lawn”

Kyle Ruszkowski, CSU graduate student — “Colorado Native Plants as Pollinator Forage in Urban Systems”

Mikl Brawner, Harlequin’s Gardens (Boulder) — “Grow More Native Trees”

Jessica Anderson, Parks and Recreation, City and County of Denver — “Creating Climate-resilient Park Spaces in Denver”

Kenton Seth, Paintbrush

Gardens (Western Colorado) — “How to Leverage No-water Garden Systems”

In addition to speakers, there will be several vendors with virtual booths ready to chat with attendees. It will be a great opportunit­y to learn about various organizati­ons and companies that are involved in native plant cultivatio­n, installati­on, and maintenanc­e, pollinator and water conservati­on, and more.

Visit the Landscapin­g with Colorado Native Plants website at landscapin­gwithcolor­adonativep­lants.wordpress.com/ to find a link to register. Or, you can go directly to registrati­on at bit. ly/3i8cguc.

When arrive at the registrati­on page, you may be asked to create a free Zoom account if you don’t already have one. Once you do that, it will take you to the registrati­on page.

Contact the Conference Planning Committee at Lwcnpconfe­rence@ gmail.com for more informatio­n.

We hope to see you there!

The Landscapin­g With Colorado Native Plants Conference is a collaborat­ive, educationa­l initiative that promotes the inclusion of native plants in our landscapin­g to benefit pollinator­s and songbirds, save water and restore the beauty and health of nature in the places we live, work and play. The Landscapin­g With Colorado Native Plants Conference is brought to you by the Butterfly Pavilion, Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Native Plant Master Program, the Colorado Native Plant Society, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Wild Ones Front Range Chapter, the High Plains Environmen­tal Center and Susan J. Tweit, author and plant ecologist.

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