Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference: Climate Resilience

Photos of native plants
Colorado native plant photos from Low-Water Native Plants for Colorado Gardens by Jan Turner and Jim Borland.

What’s the buzz about native plants? Find out at the 8th Annual Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference. With the theme of climate resilient landscapes, this year’s conference offers inspiration and insight to both novice and experienced gardeners.

Experts in horticulture, ecology, and landscape design will share how to plan, plant, and maintain beautiful and biodiverse native landscapes from the ground up.

When: Sat., Feb. 25 | 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Online
Price: General admission is $40 and reduced priced options are available for students and those experiencing economic hardship

The conference is a collaborative, educational initiative that promotes the inclusion of native plants in our landscaping to benefit pollinators and songbirds, save water, and restore the beauty and health of nature in the places we live, work, and play.

The conference is being offered online to allow participation throughout the state and beyond. Recordings of the speakers’ presentations will be available for registrants to view after the event as well.

All classes are eligible for CEUs for Landscape Industry Certified Technician recertification.

Featured speakers and topics

David Inouye

David Inouye, Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Keynote Speaker: Native Plant Response to Climate Change

Deryn Davidson

Deryn Davidson

CSU Extension
Making Room for Natives: Non-Functional Turfgrass Removal 101


Allisa Linfield

CSU graduate student
Enhancing Container-Grown Native Plants

irene shonle

Irene Shonle, Ph.D.

CSU Extension
Low-Water, Low-Maintenance Native Plants to Replace Your Lawn


Kyle Ruszkowski

CSU graduate student
Colorado Native Plants as Pollinator Forage in Urban Systems


Mikl Brawner

Harlequin’s Gardens
Grow More Native Trees


Jessica Anderson

Parks and Recreation, City and County of Denver
Creating Climate Resilient Park Spaces in Denver


Kenton Seth

Paintbrush Gardens
How to Leverage No-Water Garden Systems


Contact the Conference Planning Committee at for more information.

About the Conference

The Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference is brought to you by the Butterfly Pavilion, Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Native Plant Master Program®, the Colorado Native Plant Society, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Wild Ones Front Range Chapter, the High Plains Environmental Center, and Susan J. Tweit, author and plant ecologist.