Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference 2023
Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference 2023 SCHEDULE
February 23-25, 2023 (Conference on the 25th)
9 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. Keynote – Wildflowers in a changing climate: The value of long-term…(David Inouye)
10:40 a.m. Enhancing Container-Grown Native Plants
-or- 10:40 a.m. Making room for Natives: Non-Functional Turfgrass Removal 101
12:20 p.m. Co Native Plants as Pollinator Forage in Urban Systems
-or- 12:20 Grow More Native Trees in our Climate
1:30 p.m. Creating Climate Resilient Park Spaces in Denver
-or- 1:30 p.m. Low Water, low maintenance native plants to replace lawns
2:45p.m. CLOSING keynote – Going all the Way: How to leverge no-water garden systems in landscapes and gardens, and enjoy the surprising lushness of life without an irrigation system (Kenton Seth)
Please note, registrants will have access to the virtual conference lobby starting on February 23rd to visit sponsor and exhibitor booths, as well as view our LWCNP Grant Recipient videos. The live conference with Keynote and New/Knows the Natives tracks will be held on Saturday, February 25th.
If you cannot attend the conference/sessions the day of, registering for the conference today will allow you to view recorded sessions at a later date!
The cost is from $10 (for those less fortunate) to $250 for three-day access (you register with Zoom account). Click here to register
Opening Keynote Session “ Working with Wildflowers in a Changing Climate: The Value of Long-term Research“
Colorado has some amazing wildflowers and pollinators, but many of their secrets can only be discerned with decades-long studies. David’s 52 years at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory have given him insights that he’ll share in his presentation, including work on their pollination and population biology, and how those are changing with the changing climate.
BIO: David Inouye is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, and a Principal Investigator at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where he’s worked since 1971. He has served as President of the Ecological Society of America, and is on the Boards of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Endangered Species Coalition, and Citizens for a Healthy Community. David’s long-term research at RMBL includes work on an ant-plant mutualism, plant demography (he’s followed some individual plants as long as 50 years), flowering phenology (also a 50-year study, to be featured in the April issue of National Geographic), hummingbirds, bumble bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Much of his work addresses the effects of climate change on sub-alpine ecosystems. His list of publications is over 160 and growing, and he’s co-PI or collaborator on multiple NSF grants and DOE funding.
CLOSING keynote – Going all the Way: How to leverge no-water garden systems in landscapes and gardens, and enjoy the surprising lushness of life without an irrigation system
There are many places where going entirely without irrigation is not limiting, but freeing. Unirrigated landscapes may not be obvious to the eye because they are easily just as lush, colorful, attractive, and habitat-useful as traditional landscapes, but with less input and more resilience. Learn these special techniques, as well as where not and where to best use these systems (and even borrow their methods for use elsewhere!). These diverse strategies go beyond a yard full of gravel and two cacti to unfold to rain trapping, European-style gravel gardens, and crevice gardens. Learning their nuances allows us to do more with less.
BIO: Watching his beloved desert become drier ensnared him to a lifetime committed to sustainable and native garden design, paintbrushgardens.com. This goal led him to specialize in the hitherto esoteric worlds of unwatered gardens and crevice gardens. Unwatered (or very low-water) gardens embrace a future of population growth and water scarcity in the American west, while Crevice Gardens evoke the spirit of the Rockies and host life among the rocks. This obsession led to authoring the book, “The Crevice Garden” from Filbert Press, 2022.