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2020 Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference

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Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus

900 Auraria Parkway

Denver, Colorado 80204

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Learn how to create a beautiful native landscape from the ground up with experts from around the state!

Seminar topics include:

  • Replacing lawns with Colorado native plants
  • Examples of existing native plant gardens
  • Seed collection and propagation of natives
  • Managing native plant garden pests
  • Rooftop and rain gardens
  • And more!

Doors Open at 8am

Keynote Session (9am):

Insect Apocalypse?

What is really happening, why it matters and how Native plants are a vital part of the solution

Scott Hoffman Black

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation


Scott Hoffman Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the conservation movement for three decades. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America. Scott’s work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on millions of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He is an author of the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Gardening for Butterflies and has written more than two hundred other publications including a recent chapter on climate change and insects. His work has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor.

Breakout Sessions

There will be concurrent sessions. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your preference for "New to Natives" versus "Knows the Natives." This will help us make appropriate room assignments. You will not be held to these choices.

Session 1 Breakout:

  • New to Natives: Native Plants for Patios, Pocket-Prairies and Postage-Stamp Yards - Deryn Davidson
  • Knows the Natives: Seed Collection and Germination Theory- Mike Bone

Session 2 Breakout:

  • New to Natives: Kill your lawn and save Colorado - Jim Tolstrup
  • Knows the Natives: Crevice Gardening and Bare root planting - Kenton Seth

Session 3 Breakout:

  • New to Natives: Your yard can make a difference: habitat gardening fundamentals --Irene Shonle
  • Knows the Natives: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: IPPM for Native Gardens - Amy Yarger

Session 4 Breakout:

  • New to Natives: Right Plant, Right Place - Susan Tweit
  • Knows the Natives: Rooftop and Rain Gardens - Jen Bousselot

Endnote Session:

Before and After: Landscape Makeovers with Native Plants

Native plants can transform even the most degraded landscape into a lively oasis, but it takes planning and a lot of work. Deryn Davidson, Jim Tolstrup and Amy Yarger will walk you through three distinct native plant landscape projects and share how they navigated the opportunities and challenges along the way.

Visit our website for complete schedule, session descriptions, speaker bios and volunteer opportunities!!


Lunch, drinks and snacks are provided with your registration fee.

We will have vendor booths available during registration, lunch and breaks. Doors open at 8 am.

Please note: This event will be held regardless of winter weather conditions unless Denver County and/or major highways and interstates are closed due to inclement weather.

Thank you to our partners:

Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado State University Extension

Colorado Native Plant Master Program

Colorado Native Plant Society

Denver Botanic Garden

High Plains Environmental Center

Wild Ones Front Range

Susan Tweit

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The Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference 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.

While we recommend the use of straight species and local ecotypes wherever possible, we support the use of varieties and cultivars of native species as long as their breeding doesn’t interfere with their ability to function in nature and maintain key relationships with pollinators and other lives.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

You will receive an email with explicit transportation and parking instructions.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Lisa Rountree with questions or concerns. lisa.rtree@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

You may receive a full refund before 14 February 2020. See the order page for additional details.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Your name will be listed on a will call sheet at the registration table.

***Interested in volunteering for the conference?***

Please contact Ronda Koski -> ronda.koski@colostate.edu.

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Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus

900 Auraria Parkway

Denver, Colorado 80204

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Refund Policy

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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