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Session Descriptions

Keynote: Rob Proctor:  Gardening Through the Seasons
From the first crocus to the last aster, Proctor’s Garden is a horticultural delight in every season. This one-third acre urban garden surrounds a stately late Victorian house. The emphasis is on billowing perennial borders. It’s also difficult to overlook the 700 containers on sunny and shady patios. Other features include an herb parterre, vegetable garden, sunken garden and street-side xeriscape.

Going Native: Creating a Backyard Oasis for Pollinators
Presented by George Miller
The program will:

  • describe the basic requirements for landscaping to create habitat for wildlife;
  • describe specific adaptations plants have to attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds;
  • show how native plants will increase the biodiversity of pollinators attracted to a backyard landscape.

Going all the Way: Surprising Results and Lessons Learned from Going Totally Unirrigated
Presented by Kenton Seth
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: massive water savings, reduction or elimination of pruning and weeding, and the ability to grow certain elusive natives. What’s more, an unirrigated landscape can be just as full and lush as a watered one. You will wonder why unwatered landscapes are not commonplace.

Cacti and Yucca for Colorado
Presented by Mark Salay
Over the years, Mark has tried various varieties of cacti and yucca that will survive Colorado’s extreme environments. This talk will cover the varieties that have been proven for Colorado, as well as information on how to grow and cultivate many of them. The discussion will cover the physical attributes, soil and water requirements of them, as well as their flowering.

Saving Seeds
Presented by Richard Murphy
Where do you buy your seeds, and if you want local food does it not start with the seed?  For almost 10,000 years humans across the planet saved their own seed, constantly looking to improve and adapt their crops to their nutritional needs. Saving seed has been a cultural and spiritual act for many civilizations, and for some a birthright. Come learn about where your seed’s come from and why they are the ultimate technology…and the next revolution.

Stone and Water in a Time of Drought
Presented by Richard Hansen
This presentation centers on sculptural work with basins.  These water features go beyond simple visual display, integrating the water element with the local hydrological pattern in some significant way.  The intention is to bring the presence of water into the space in a poetic manner, connect the water to ecologically sound water use on the site and to gently encourage a watershed consciousness.

Vegetable Varieties and Production Practices for Colorado
Presented by Mike Bartolo
Participants will learn about vegetable varieties that perform well under Colorado growing conditions.  In addition, vegetable production practices involving water conservation, pest management and season extension will be reviewed.  The health promoting potential of Colorado-grown vegetables will also be discussed.