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Keynote: Panayoti Kelaidis
Gentle Conquest—the first Scientific Expedition
to Pueblo and the Rockies
200 Years ago last spring, the first Scientific Expedition to Colorado entered Colorado and passed through Pueblo mid-summer. Many of our most loved plants like Colorado Columbine and Limber Pine   were first described from specimens from this expedition. Some, like Prairie Zinnia, were likely collected within Pueblo city limits. The findings of this expedition reverberate to this day.

Success with Buffalograss Lawns
Presented by Catherine Moravec
Buffalograss lawns have enormous water and maintenance savings potential, and can look magnificent in a Colorado-style landscape. Catherine will review her successes and failures to help you determine if buffalograss is right for you and your landscape. She’ll cover what site characteristics make buffalograss is a good option, installation options, establishment techniques and long-term maintenance tips.

Creating Sustainable Landscapes
Presented by Mike Kintgen
Drawing from Colorado’s prairies, steppes, shrublands, forest and alpine tundra, we will explore how these biomes can serve as inspiration and instruction in creating landscape that will hold up to climate change. We will start with each of the biomes and then look at plant choices from each biome that make great garden plants.  We will also explore some nonnative plants that work into these biomes.

Lots of Drought Tolerant Plants to Choose From — Now What?
Presented by Ross Shrigley
Just because plants meet the same hydrozone requirements doesn’t mean they should be planted together. This presentation will cover Plant Select’s most drought tolerant plants that group well together, cover individual plant watering recommendations and encourage/discover possible Colorado landscape styles tailored for Pueblo.

Action: Pocket Prairies
Presented by Hollie David
As president of Southern Colorado AAZK, Hollie is  starting the Pocket Prairie initiative as a sole community based project. The idea of pocket prairies is to partner with organizations and people in Pueblo to host various sized pockets of native plant species and use those partnerships as opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of native plants and various ecosystems. Hollie hopes to show people that native plants can be low maintenance and be visually appealing and to spark a passion in them for these native species and natural landscapes. Action: Pocket Prairie will cover the initiative, the importance of native plants in any community, pollinators, and how these species tie into each other, our natural world as a whole, and our everyday lives and how the project can benefit our community.