By Deryn Davidson
Gardening with native plants is not a new concept. There are people who have been doing it for a long time, but it’s not what I would call mainstream.
It is, however, gaining in popularity as people discover that a native plant garden provides much more than just water savings. Gardeners of all types from patio planters to commercial properties can play an important role in helping to increase pollinator and wildlife habitat and bolster biodiversity.
Our urban and suburban landscapes can serve as nature preserves if we choose the right plant species. Potential water savings is certainly a plus, as is celebrating the renowned Colorado aesthetic that draws visitors to our national parks and open spaces every year.
Whether you are new to incorporating native plants into your landscape or have been doing it for decades, the Sixth Annual Landscaping With Colorado Native Plants Conference promises to have something for you.
Scheduled for Feb. 27, things will look a little different this year, as it will be presented in a virtual format for everyone’s safety and convenience.
High Country Gardens founder David Salman will kick things off as the keynote speaker. In his session, titled “A Western Perspective on Native Plants; A Career Bringing Natives From Habitat to Market,” he will regale participants with stories from the past 35-plus years in the industry.
He will explain how native plant collections transition from the wild into home horticulture and how some of his introductions were discovered. The rest of the day will be