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High Plains Landscape Workshop

High Plains Landscape Workshop 2020

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Rd, Fort Collins

High Plains Landscape Workshop is a one-day signature educational opportunity for inspiring smart home garden design, resulting in beautiful home landscapes in Colorado.

Presented by the Gardens on Spring Creek, City of Fort Collins Utilities, Colorado State University Extension Larimer County, and Fort Collins Nursery, this event is suitable for novice gardeners and those looking to hone their skills.

Join us for a learning filled day exploring the interesting and unusual flora and fauna of the high plains with: 

  • David Salman presenting, "Attracting Songbirds, Hummingbirds and Pollinating Insects to Your Waterwise Landscape"
  • Pat Hayward presenting, "Colorado’s native plant industry – an insider’s perspective"
  • Whitney Cranshaw presenting, "A Tale of 10 Garden Insects"

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. 


  • $85 Late registration; begins Feb. 21 for all ticket purchases

Your receipt will serves as your ticket. We will also have a registration list at the doors. If you have any questions, please call 970-416-2486.

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Event Schedule

8:15 a.m. -  Doors open 

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

9:15-10:15 a.m. - Pat Hayward presents, "Colorado's plant industry – an insider’s perspective"

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

10:30-11:30 a.m. - Whitney Cranshaw presents, "A Tale of 10 Garden Insects"

11:30-12:30 p.m.- Lunch 

12:30-12:45 p.m. - Afternoon comments from Michelle Provaznik, Gardens on Spring Creek and Jesse Eastman, Fort Collins Nursery

12:45-1:30 p.m. - David Salman presents, "Attracting Songbirds, Hummingbirds and Pollinating Insects to Your Waterwise Landscape"

1:30-1:45 p.m. - Break

1:45-2:30 p.m. - David Salman, continued.

2:30-2:45 p.m. - Closing comments & Auction/centerpiece winners announced

3:00 p.m. Event Closes

Event Hosts:

Keynote Speakers & Topics

Dr. Whitney Cranshaw

A Tale of 10 Garden Insects
Get to know your curious, intriguing and inspiring neighbors. There are a lot of different kinds of “bugs” in a yard and garden, and some of them have particularly interesting “back stories” – or perhaps a bizarre appearance.  Whitney will introduce us to these characters and showcase their stories and role in our backyards.


Whitney Cranshaw is a Professor and Extension Specialist of Entomology at Colorado State University.  For the past 37 years he has had a broad-based program addressing insect and mite issues of horticultural crops in the state, from trees and shrubs, to vegetables and fruit, and, more recently including hemp.  Numerous publications have been produced over the years to provide better information on many of Colorado’s insects, and much of this can be found at the Colorado State Insect Information Website   

Pat Hayward

Colorado’s native plant industry – an insider’s perspective 
At a time when native plants are in such great demand, why does supply continue to be such a local challenge? Learn the reasons that it’s difficult to find some of our best native plants at local nurseries, how recent developments are influencing Colorado growers, and discover new native plant selections currently in the pipeline.


Pat Hayward has been involved in Colorado horticulture for 40 years. A two-time winner of the CNGA “Person of the Year” award and former Director of Plant Select, she presents talks on horticultural topics regionally and is now happily semi-retired as the social media specialist for Buckhorn Llama Company in Masonville, Colorado.

David Salman

Attracting Songbirds, Hummingbirds and Pollinating Insects to Your Waterwise Landscape

Beautify your home landscape with a pallet of resilient native and Old World plants that create beneficial habitat.  The presentation will discuss how plant selection, garden design and using nature as inspiration will help you to do something about Climate Change and help the songbirds and pollinators have a sanctuary on your property.


David Salman, a 1979 graduate of CSU in Horticultural Science, is the Founder of High Country Gardens catalog (1994) and an original member of Colorado’s Plant Select® program. An accomplished plant breeder, he has years of expertise with xeric gardening and grower/propagator of western natives, perennial plants, trees and shrubs.

Thank You Event Sponsors!

  • Bee Squared Apiaries
  • Wild Birds Unlimited
  • Headwaters Institute
  • Plant Select
  • People & Pollinators
  • Audubon Society of The Rockies
  • Zak George Landscaping

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.