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High Plains Landscape Symposium

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High Plains Landscape Symposium 
The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins | Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 7:30 a.m.– noon

Garden smarter, not harder!

Join us for the annual High Plains Landscape Symposium, presented by Fort Collins Nursery, on Saturday, March 2. Our ever-changing High Plains landscape presents unique and interesting challenges for even the most seasoned gardener. Experts Cynthia Bee and Panayoti Kelaidis will share tried and true techniques, plant lists, microclimate factors, helpful tips and their secrets to help turn your garden into the beautiful, water-wise landscape of your dreams! We can't wait to see you for this special day of learning, connecting and growing.

Ticket Information#

Ticket Options Price Included with Ticket

  • Light breakfast (available starting at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Access to sponsor booths
  • Networking opportunities
  • Optional Q & A participation with keynote speakers
  • Books and garden-themed gifts available for purchase
  • Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the Symposium concludes at noon

$35 livestream only
  • Viewing and listening access to the presentations only
  • No Q & A participation will be available
  • Presentations start at 8:15 a.m. and the livestream concludes at noon

Get your tickets now!

In-person and Livestream Tickets

Meet our Keynote Speakers#

Cynthia Bee

Practical Sustainability: Simple Steps to Improve Your Landscape

Are you overwhelmed thinking about how to transform your landscape to fit, rather than fight, the local climate? We’ll rethink landscapes and teach you how to upgrade your landscape one project at a time.

About the Speaker:

Cynthia Bee has spent more than a decade teaching Intermountain West homeowners how to landscape for where they live. Thousands of homeowners have been able to improve their landscapes using the techniques she promotes in classes and online. She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Utah State University.

Panayoti Kelaidis

Gardening in Paradise: The Secrets of Microclimatic Gardening

Everyone in Colorado complains about hail, untimely frost, drought and floods. Where else in America can you grow Lithops, Agave, Meconopsis, and have Eremurus self-sowing wildly? I'll share secrets about how to turn your garden from purgatory (or worse!) to paradise.

About the Speaker:

Panayoti Kelaidis is the Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens, where he's been employed since 1980. His many horticultural passions include plant exploration, pushing zone limits on plants—ultimately creating (or trying to) a beautiful garden that can survive long periods of neglect (while he's traveling).

Hosted by the Gardens on Spring Creek in partnership with the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department and Larimer County Office of Colorado State University Extension, proceeds from this important annual fundraiser benefit The Gardens.

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