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    M-F: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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  • New Gardens
    M-F: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Visitor’s Center


High Plains Landscape Workshop 2019


Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Rd, Fort Collins

Dr. Tony Koski, Kenton Seth, Crystal Strouse, and Pamela Berstler

The 16th annual High Plains Landscape Workshop dives deep into LOCALscaping - a concept that will have us taking a closer look into our environment, gardening practices, and the impacts of our limited water resources. 

How do plants adapt to meet our high desert challenges? Learn how to effectively remove lawn and re-purpose your garden space, grow a ‘no water’ garden, add underused native plants, and incorporate watershed landscaping techniques while boosting your soil’s health. 

Keynote speakers include Dr. Tony Koski, Kenton Seth, Crystal Strouse, and Pamela Berstler. If you are a home gardener looking to help your landscape thrive this year, this day is perfect for you. 

This event is presented by Fort Collins Nursery and is co-hosted by Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins Utilities, and CSU Extension Larimer County. 

Registration includes morning snacks, coffee/tea, boxed lunch by Fiona's Deli, workshop packet and materials, silent auction, and garden book sale.

This event is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting the Gardens on Spring Creek. 


  • $75 Non-Member
  • $65 Garden Member
  • $85 Late registration; begins Feb. 22 for all ticket purchases

Event Schedule

8:15 a.m. -  Doors open 

9:00 a.m. -  Guests seated, Emcee introductions

9:15-10:15 a.m. - Tony Koski presents, "So You Want a Native Lawn?"

10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. - Kenton Seth presents, "Going All the Way: Surprising Results and Lessons from Going Totally Unirrigated"

11:30-12:20 p.m.- Lunch 

12:20-12:30 p.m. - Afternoon comments from Michelle Provaznik, Gardens on Spring Creek and Jesse Eastman, Fort Collins Nursery

12:30-1:15 p.m. - Crystal Strouse presents, "Is Your Garden Your Best Friend?"

1:15-1:30 p.m. - Break

1:30-3:00 p.m. - Pamela Berstler presents, "The Watershed Approach: Landscaping Like the Earth Depends on It"

3:00-3:15 p.m. - Closing comments & Auction/centerpiece winners announced

Event Hosts:

Keynote Speakers & Topics

Dr. Tony Koski


So You Want a Native Lawn?
Converting a lawn from bluegrass to a native grass or “natural” lawn can become a horticultural nightmare. We’ll cover ways of killing your old lawn, choosing the best grasses for a native lawn, and the important steps for making the conversion a successful and happy process.

Tony Koski is a professor at Colorado State University. He teaches turfgrass management and advises students in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and is an instructor for the Colorado Master Gardener program. As Colorado’s Extension turf specialist, he works with all facets of Colorado’s professional turf management industry, as well as home gardeners, to solve their turf problems.

Crystal Strouse


Is your garden your best-friend? 
Colorado has beautiful flora and many plants are available in garden centers. Planting native plants will not only benefit you and your wallet, but the environment as well.

Crystal is a botanist for the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. She has extensive experience using native plants in restoration projects. She is a Native Plant Master Instructor for CSU Extension and served as State President of the Colorado Native Plant Society. Crystal received a B.S. in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University. 

Kenton Seth


Going All the Way: Surprising Results and Lessons from Going Totally Un-Irrigated
Few places and people locally actually garden without irrigation because it’s a totally different world of plants, techniques, and untapped advantages.  Where it is appropriate, its explosively effective, and where it’s not, it still offers us incredibly powerful tools applicable outside of its purism.

Kenton J. Seth is a grower and designer based in Fruita, CO, right next to Utah. His micronursery supplies plants for his garden, meadow, and crevice garden designs (on which he's co-authoring a book) and has a five year stretch making purely un-irrigated native landscapes.

Pamela Berstler


The Watershed Approach: Landscaping Like the Earth Depends On It
Imagine your landscape is a mini-watershed whose vitality could regenerate your yard, your community, your nation, and the world.

Pamela Berstler is a highly experienced landscape expert who co-founded and continues to manage G3, Green Gardens Group, an EPA WaterSense Partner and Professional Certifying Organization that conducts outreach and education on the Watershed Approach to landscaping for homeowners and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Pamela is a widely-recognized thought leader in growing living soil as a solution to healing the planet. She incubated a love of gardening turning 40-year-old compost on her grandfather’s urban farm and with her hands in the soil cultivating her mother’s beloved tomato patch. Through G3, Pamela promotes the principle that every landscape can be utilized to create soil security, water security, and resilient communities. To date, Pamela has written and published six “Watershed Approach to Landscape” guidebooks, which are utilized by various agencies as the foundation of their landscape standards.

Thank You Event Sponsors!

  • Audubon Rockies
  • Bee Squared Apiaries
  • Colorado Rain Catcher
  • High Plains Environmental Center
  • People & Pollinators Action Network
  • Plant Select
  • Resource Central - Garden in a Box
  • Wild Iris Living
  • Windsor Gardener

Refund Policy: Special Event Tickets

There are no refunds or exchanges on any special event tickets. Tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused. Tickets are not refunded for any inclement weather, including but not limited to snow, hail, wind, rain, mud, or extreme temperatures. Refunds will not be given for dissatisfaction with any event, as opinions are subjective. Plants purchased at our Spring Plant Sale are final and will not be refunded. Event ticket purchases are non-transferrable to another event or Gardens education class. This policy is applicable for High Plains Landscape Workshop, Blossoms and Butterflies, Spring Plant Sale, Garden a'Fare Wine Tour & Beer Tour, NoCo Urban Homestead Tour, Halloween Enchanted Garden, and Garden of Lights.