• High Plains Landscape Workshop presents Kelly Norris as featured keynote speaker in 2014.

High Plains Landscape Workshop 2014

February 22, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Organized by Fort Collins Utilities, Larimer County Cooperative Extension, and the Gardens on Spring Creek, High Plains Landscape Workshop is a one-day workshop for homeowners and professionals designed to promote high quality, sustainable landscapes that reflect a sense of place in Colorado's northern Front Range.


Presented by Fort Collins Nursery, this year's event will take place at the Lincoln Center, and is a fundraiser for the Gardens on Spring Creek.

Keynote Speaker:
Kelly Norris, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Kelly Norris holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in horticulture from Iowa State University. He’s the first horticulture manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. For over ten years, Kelly operated Rainbow Iris Farm. He’s the author of A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts and is working on a new book, Dig This: Stylish Gardening with Kickass Plants. Kelly is the youngest person to receive the Iowa State Horticultural Society’s Presidential Citation, Award of Merit and Honor Award.

He will be presenting the following sessions:

Life on the Edge: Tough Plants for Tough Places
Native vegetation grows and thrives in harsh, sometimes threatened, and highly variable environments. Kelly will share a palette of garden-worthy plants from harsh environments. Learn about how plants respond to their environment and how you can translate that into success in your own garden.

Chic Plants for Modern Gardens: A Commentary on New Plants
Learn about the current state of ornamental horticulture and new perennial varieties. Looking for audience participation, Kelly will lead a rousing discussion on what makes a great garden plant and how some new plants just aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Other Speaker Sessions include:

Organic Vegetable Gardening on Colorado’s High Plains by Jane Shellenberger, who is the publisher/editor of Colorado Gardener which she founded in 1997 and author of Organic Gardener's Companion, Growing Vegetables in the West (Fulcrum Books, 2012).

  • Discover techniques for successfully growing tasty vegetables varieties in our challenging, semi-arid environment, while understanding your garden as part of a larger whole, including as habitat for pollinators and other critters. Learn how to create living, breathing soil that provides healthy growing conditions for a range of vegetable varieties.

Western-Inspired Gardens with Plant Select by Pat Hayward, who has been involved professionally in regional horticulture for more than 35 years, and is currently Executive Director of Plant Select.

  • Learn how to make stunning and unique gardens using many of the plants introduced through Plant Select. Using examples from gardens as well as professionally created designs, you’ll be inspired to try out the many new ideas presented. This session will also include a preview of the 2014 plant introductions, including the new Plant Select Petites. Plant Select is a plant introduction program from Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University focusing on unique, adaptable and resilient plants for western gardens.

Registration includes light refreshments & morning coffee, boxed lunch from The Rainbow, silent auction/book sale, and high quality horticulture education. HPLW is striving to be a zero waste event.


  • Gardens Members: $44
  • Non-members: $49
    (Cost will increase to $59 on Feb. 1 for all guests)

How can I register?

  • Online: Beginning November 10
  • Call Us: (970) 416-2486
  • Mail-In: Check payable to Gardens on Spring Creek

Special thanks to the following HPLW Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors:

Non-Profit Partners:

  • Loveland Youth Gardeners
  • Plant Select
  • Fort Collins Audubon Society

HPLW Planning Committee: Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins Utilities, Colorado State University Extension in Larimer County, Colorado Master Gardeners in Larimer County

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