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Learning about ColoradoScaping

The Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, planted at Denver Botanic Gardens in 2010, showcases a diverse set of water-wise plants specifically chosen to bring multi-season interest to a landscape and thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. Photo credit: Scott Dressel-Martin/Denver Botanic Gardens.

Creating a ColoradoScape that mirrors the beauty and diversity of our state and communities is a natural fit for our semi-arid climate.

And you don’t have to go at it alone. Expert information about water-wise plants and landscapes is available from Denver Water, Colorado State University Extension, Resource Central, Plant Select and Denver Botanic Gardens.

Spring classes at Denver Botanic Gardens offer a variety of ways to start — or continue — your ColoradoScape transformation. Here are just a few (you can get information on registration, times and cost on the Denver Botanic Gardens website):

  • The Vines and Groundcovers online class on April 13 shows how these plants can add visual interest and texture to a garden. Many groundcovers are great low-water alternatives to water-thirsty turf in low-traffic areas.
  • The following classes take place May 4:
    1. Gardening for Pollinators covers how to attract some of the 963 species of native bees that live on Colorado’s Front Range.
    2. Go Native! Landscapes Made for Colorado focuses on developing or converting existing landscapes into native plant and insect sanctuaries.
    3. Water-Wise Landscape Planning for Non-Designers can help think through a landscape before planting to ensure success and a put-together look.

Denver Water is a proud sponsor of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale, which will take place May 10-11. And if you’re planning ahead, the Gardens’ Fall Plant & Bulb Sale is Sept. 27-28.