Learn How to Landscape with Less Water

Our free, online Waterwise Yard Seminars are taught by local landscape and horticultural professionals. Get your landscaping questions answered and learn how to keep your yard looking great while using less water. Seminar topics range from low-water landscape design, xeric plant selection, smart irrigation, and more. Both novice and advanced gardeners are sure to learn something new.  Seminars are held virtually, via Zoom.

2023 Seminar Series Schedule

Branch Out with Colorado Trees, February 15

Trees are a great investment to your landscape, and should be considered when adjusting your irrigation system or going xeric. Discover more about waterwise tree selection, care, and other tips and tricks for your trees, both young and old, with Eric Hammond.

Speaker: Eric Hammond, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Wed. February 15, 6-8 PM

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Knowing the Native Plants/ Conozca las plantas nativas, February 16

Become a waterwise plant pro by learning the ins and outs of native plants in our arid climate. From pollinator-friendly flowers to the best shade trees, Deryn Davidson will cover a wide range of planting possibilities. Note: This event will present a variety of plant options for your native plant garden and has less of a focus on waterwise landscaping methodology.

Speaker: Deryn Davidson, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Thurs. February 16, 6-8 PM

 

Conviértase en un profesional de las plantas de consumo de agua eficiente conociendo en detalle las plantas nativas de nuestro clima árido. Deryn Davidson cubrirá una amplia gama de posibilidades de cultivo que van de las flores que atraen a los polinizadores a los mejores árboles de sombra. Nota: Este evento presentará diversas opciones de plantas para su jardín de plantas nativas y se centrará menos en la metodología de paisajismo de consumo de agua eficiente.

Expositora: Deryn Davidson, Extensión de la CSU.    Fecha y hora: Jueves 16 de febrero, 6-8 PM

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Intro to Permaculture, March 6

Permaculture is all about designing human systems that are modeled after nature. In this class, Amy Scances-Wolfe will teach you how to translate deep observation of your yard into an abundant landscape that thrives in our high, dry climate. Topics will include working with and creating micro-climate, building healthy and water-retentive soils, choosing appropriate low-water edible and medicinal plants, and the basics of forest garden design.

Speaker: Amy Scances-Wolfe, Left Hand Landscaping   Date & Time: Mon. March 6, 6-8 PM

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Planting for Pollinators, March 9

From bees to butterflies to singing birds, this seminar explores the biodiversity of local pollinators and how they help contribute to a healthy ecosystem! Learn how to plant, maintain, and care for pollinator’s habitats in your own garden with Cassey Anderson.

Speaker: Cassey Anderson, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Thurs. March 9, 6-8 PM

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Design and Plant Selection/ Diseño y elección de plantas, March 15

Designing your garden-to-be and selecting appropriate plants for your space is key to a successful, low-water garden! Native plants are a great option and yield so many benefits for your garden and surrounding ecosystem (e.g. pollinators galore!). Feel confident about planting your garden after attending this info-packed webinar with Deryn Davidson.

Speaker: Deryn Davidson, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Wed. March 15, 6-8 PM

 

¡Diseñar su futuro jardín y elegir las plantas adecuadas para su espacio es de importancia clave para el éxito de un jardín de bajo consumo de agua! Las plantas nativas son una excelente opción y brindan muchos beneficios a su jardín y al ecosistema circundante (por ejemplo, ¡una gran cantidad de polinizadores!). Siéntase seguro sobre cómo plantar su jardín después de asistir a este seminario web pleno de información con Deryn Davidson.

Expositora: Deryn Davidson, Extensión de la CSU.     Fecha y hora: Miércoles 15 de marzo, 6-8 PM

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Perennials, Shrubs, and More!, March 20

Become a waterwise plant pro by learning the in’s and out’s of plant selection for your Colorado garden. From pollinator-friendly flowers to the best shade trees, Alison O’Connor will present a wide range of plants possibilities for our arid climate. Note: This event will present a variety of plant options for your native plant garden and has less of a focus on waterwise landscaping methodology.

Speaker: Alison O’Connor, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Mon. March 20, 6-8 PM

Sponsored By:  City of Thornton

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Waterwise Yards: Turf Removal, April 3

Join professionals from Resource Central to learn all about turf removal! We will discuss the various methods of removing lawn, the benefits to you and the ecosystem, and what to replace the turf with afterwards.

Speaker: Resource Central staff   Date & Time: Mon. April 3, 6-8 PM

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High Altitude Gardening, April 5

Join an accomplished Master Gardener, Mike McNulty, for a discussion on the unique challenges and considerations of gardening at high altitudes.

Speaker: Mike McNulty   Date & Time: Wed. April 5, 6-8 PM

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Navigating your HOA During a Xeriscape Conversion, April 11

If your neighborhood belongs to an HOA, knowing how to navigate big changes to your property can be tricky. Join HOA expert Chris Marion to learn the legal limitations of HOAs and tips and resources for approaching them when removing turf and installing xeriscape in your yard.

Speaker: Chris Marion, 3.0 Management   Date & Time: Tues. April 11, 6-8 PM

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Carrots and Cabbage and Kale, Oh My!, April 12

Bring your forks, we’ll bring the veggie-knowledge! Learn more about growing your own waterwise veggie garden with Jessica Romer. We’ll discuss what to plant and when, and how to start off strong to get the most out of your vegetables.

Speaker: Jessica Romer, Applewood Seed Co.   Date & Time: Wed. April 12, 6-8 PM

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Best Practices in Western Horticulture, April 13

Did you know Colorado has a vast number of vibrant, lush, LOW-WATER plants that thrive in this area? Annie Barrow from Denver Botanic Gardens says Xeriscape should never be ZEROscape, but instead a “waterwise landscape” filled with beautiful low-water plants. She will discuss how to use what you have and plant to the environment around us. From plant selection and design, to dealing with tough soil, you’ll learn about it all!

Speaker: Annie Barrow, Denver Botanic Gardens   Date & Time: Thurs. April 13, 6-8 PM

Sponsored By:   Town of Berthoud

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Earth Day - Feed the Pollinators, Feed the Earth, April 20

This Earth Day we will explore the biodiversity of local pollinators and how they help contribute to a healthy ecosystem! Learn how to plant, maintain, and care for pollinator’s habitats in your own garden. Pollinators are essential for all life on Earth, so learn from Cassey Anderson all about how to support these creatures.

Speaker: Cassey Anderson, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Thurs. April 20, 6-8 PM

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Water Smarter with Smart Irrigation!, April 26

Join water quality expert A.J. Brown to learn all about the basics of irrigation scheduling, how smart irrigation controllers work, water quality for urban irrigation, and how this all plays a role in water quality here in Colorado.

Speaker: AJ Brown, CSU Ag Water Quality Program   Date & Time: Wed. April 26, 6-8 PM

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Intro to Xeriscaping, May 25

Did you know Denver coined the term Xeriscaping in the 1980s? In this informative workshop, you’ll learn about what xeriscaping is, its history, the 7 Principles for the Home Gardener, and why conserving our precious water resources matter so much in a time of climate crisis.

Speaker: Brittany Pimentel, Denver Urban Gardens   Date & Time: Thurs. May 25, 6-8 PM 

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New to Colorado Landscaping, June 14

With in-ground irrigation systems and a dry landscape, gardening in Colorado can be a bit different than in other places. Mike McNulty will cover the basics and best practices to help you have the most successful waterwise garden possible.

Speaker: Mike McNulty   Date & Time: Wed. June 14, 6-8 PM

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Firewise Landscaping: Methods and Design, July 10

Join Chris Woods, senior landscape designer with Matrix Gardens, to learn about the principles of firewise landscaping. Presentation will include how to approach designing a new landscape, firewise design principles, and best plants and trees to consider when planting.

Speaker: Chris Woods, Matrix Gardens   Date & Time: Mon. July 10, 6-8 PM

Sponsored By:  City of Louisville Colorado logo

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Troubleshooting Your Summer Garden, July 12

The Colorado climate can throw a lot of variables at your garden, and sometimes things don’t go as planned. Join a master gardener this summer to troubleshoot the post common issues and offer practical tricks and solutions.

Speaker: TBD, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Wed. July 12, 6-8 PM

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Veggie Garden Care Throughout the Season, July 13

Once your veggie garden is established, the work is far from over! In this webinar, Jessica Romer will discuss all the important aspects of caring for your garden throughout the season. You can expect to learn about mulching, weeding, pests and diseases, and even how to continue your garden into the fall.

Speaker: Jessica Romer, Applewood Seed Co.   Date & Time: Thurs. July 13, 6-8 PM

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The Future of Colorado's Water, July 20

In this seminar Michael Eytel will be discussing what the future of the Colorado’s water supply will look like, and ways you can help conserve. While it may look bleak, find comfort in the little things you can do that play a big part in saving water for future generations.

Speaker: Michael Eytel, Colorado River District   Date & Time: Thurs. July 20, 6-8 PM

Sponsored By: City of Boulder Logo

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Waterwise Yards: Turf Removal, July 24

Join professionals from Resource Central to learn all about turf removal! We will discuss the various methods of removing lawn, the benefits to you and the ecosystem, and what to replace the turf with afterwards.

Speaker: Resource Central staff   Date & Time: Mon. July 24, 6-8 PM

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New to Colorado Landscaping, August 1

With in-ground irrigation systems and a dry landscape, gardening in Colorado can be a bit different than in other places. Mike McNulty will cover the basics and best practices to help you have the most successful waterwise garden possible.

Speaker: Mike McNulty   Date & Time: Tues. August 1, 6-8 PM

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Perennials and Fall Planting, August 7

Join Alison O’Connor, CSU Extension in Larimer County, to delve into perennial maintenance and care. Alison will cover the best time to divide perennials, planting in spring and fall, and tips on keeping your perennials healthy and blooming. She will be answering questions around fall planting and some of the best plants for high elevations.

Speaker: Alison O’Connor, CSU Extension   Date & Time: Mon. August 7, 6-8 PM

Sponsored By: Little Thompson Water District

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Regenerative Agriculture Techniques, August 16

Regenerative agriculture is a fairly new term that utilizes the age-old principles of earth stewardship & holistic concern for plants, microorganisms, and soil. This seminar will cover the importance of composting, mulching, an introduction to using water-wise landscape plantings, water conservation techniques, and the wonders of vermicomposting (composting with worms). The focus will be on practices we can all use to create a rich blanket to cover our soils and provide strategies for small steps towards mitigating climate change

Speaker: Brittany Pimentel, Denver Urban Gardens   Date & Time: Wed. August 16, 6-8 PM

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Community Reviews

4.5 stars rating

4.6 star rating overall

“I have become much more savvy in terms of landscape activities, planting, designing – with the hope that all this knowledge will help me reduce our usage!”

Seminar Participant, 2021

“This presentation was outstanding for gardening with natives to support wildlife. I’ve not seen a better one yet!”

Seminar Participant, 2021

“I was so ecstatic to be able to participate and learn from some experts. I always feel like I have a black thumb but this series is encouraging and motivating.”

Seminar Participant, 2021

Questions?

Email the Seminar Series team or call 303-999-3820 x222.