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High Plains Landscape Workshop

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Inspiring Hope:  Planning for Tomorrow's Garden
Saturday, March 5, 2022  |  9 a.m. - Noon  |  Virtual Event

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.

Join us for this year’s virtual workshop focused on filling our gardens with hope and botanical inspiration. The event will feature presentations followed by Q&A from two dynamic keynote speakers:

  • Plantsman, curator and author, Kelly Norris
  • Denver Botanic Gardens' Curator of Alpine Collections, Mike Kintgen

Tickets are $35 per person.  Gardens Members enjoy a 10 percent discount.  The first 250 registrants will receive a commemorative High Plains Landscape Workshop tote bag designed by local artist, Ashley Krueger.  Tickets go on sale January 27!


About the Keynote Speakers#

kelly norris

New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden

In this era of purposeful and thoughtful gardening, planting is a powerful verb. Planting gardens inspired by nature promotes authentic connections with land, environment and humanity. Why not make a garden that works and looks good doing it? Landscapes at home and in the public realm can be beautiful and ecologically functional if we deepen our understanding of plants and place. In this lecture especially tailored to garden enthusiasts with examples from around the world, plantsman and author Kelly Norris challenges audiences to plant the world a more beautiful, functional place.

About the Speaker:

Kelly D. Norris is one of the leading horticulturists of his generation.  An award-winning author and plantsman, Kelly’s work in gardens has been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Gardening and Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances.

His passion for planting at the intersections of horticulture and ecology has culminated in a new book New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden, which debuted in 2021 from Cool Springs Press. Kelly also presents plants for Cottage Farms Direct on QVC and lectures widely to consumer and industry audiences.


mike kingten

Beauty in the Face of Extremes

We will visit Colorado’s Shortgrass and similar steppe ecosystem in North and South America to look at underappreciated plant community filled with great plants and ideas for your home landscape. We will look at how to make our personal gardens more sustainable and water efficient in the face of extreme climate changes.

About the Speaker:

Mike Kintgen s the Curator of Alpine Collections at Denver Botanic Gardens where he is responsible for the management of one of the largest living alpine plant collections in North America. His work takes him to many parts of the globe studying alpine and steppe plants. Mike completed a Masters in Ecology in 2018 from Regis University studying how precipitation gradients and soil pH levels drive alpine plant species richness in Colorado’s alpine tundra. Mike also holds a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Horticulture from Colorado State University and hopes to blend more ecology into horticulture to make it more sustainable.

Mike is the coauthor of Steppes: The Plants and Ecology of the World's Semi-arid Regions.