Climate resilience headlines conference
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.