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High Plains Landscape Workshop

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Celebrating 20 Years of Landscaping in the Front Range!
Saturday, March 4, 2023  |  8:30 a.m. - Noon  |  The Drake Centre, Fort Collins

The High Plains Landscape Workshop presented by Fort Collins Nursery is a one-day signature educational opportunity for inspiring smart home garden design, resulting in beautiful home landscapes in Colorado. Hosted by the Gardens on Spring Creek in partnership with the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department and Colorado State University Extension, proceeds from this important annual fundraiser benefit The Gardens.

This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary of the High Plains Landscape Workshop!  Join us for an in-person workshop focused on the changing landscape, with a look at the past, present and future of Front Range horticulture.

The event will feature presentations followed by Q&A from two dynamic keynote speakers:  Kenton Seth, Professional Plant Nerd, "The Crevice Garden Guy" and Kevin Philip Williams, Assistant Curator, Denver Botanic Gardens.

Early bird registration is $60 with registration increasing to $70 on February 20.  Tickets include workshop access and a light breakfast.  Gardens Members receive 10 percent off!

Books and garden-themed gifts will also be available at the workshop.

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Kenton Seth:  A Meadow at Your Home

What is a meadow and what makes it different from other gardens or landscapes?  They may well be the most unusual and counterintuitive systems of garden design at this time, which is why Kenton will speak to the nature, uses, advantages, disadvantages and implications, as well as practical creation and care for a meadow in a domestic setting. Participants will learn how ecological garden design can be practical and perfectly at home in even the most formal or challenging situations. 

Kenton J. Seth is a Western-Colorado based garden designer and plant junkie. His broad work has been crevice gardens, including a book on them, but at home he specializes in dry, native and ecological gardening and "future-proof" landscapes. He hunts wild plants and has a small nursery for his designs.

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Kevin Philip Williams:  SENSE OF NO-PLACE - Intentional Garden-Making in the High Plains

Over the past thirty years thought-leaders and visionaries from around the world have brought us squarely into the golden age of naturalistic garden design. Our libraries are brimming with tomes that allow us to dissect, comprehend and translate designer gardens and natural beauty to our own spaces. But what’s next? Do we have a path forward? Is it possible to transcend the current zeitgeist of language, beauty and function? Is it even necessary? Kevin will explore concepts and strategies to elevate the conversation of naturalistic garden design to intentional world-building and offer ways that we can shatter and recreate the High Plains aesthetic.

Kevin Philip Williams is an Assistant Curator for Denver Botanic Gardens where he stewards the Steppe Garden, Conservation Garden, Lilac Collection, Dwarf Conifer Collection, Josephine Streetscape and SummerHome Garden. He holds an MS in Public Horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture at The University of Delaware and a BA in the History and Philosophy of Science from Bard College. Kevin worked as a gardener on The High Line in Manhattan and studied as a horticulture intern at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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