Western Landscape Symposium Success

I had a great time helping gardeners learn ways to garden on the cheap in Pueblo on Saturday.

A big thank you goes to the planning committee for the fifth annual Western Landscape Symposium in Pueblo this weekend. I was delighted to be part of the program.

The symposium is a wonderful educational experience for gardeners interested in creating sustainable landscapes in southeastern Colorado, especially when it comes to water-wise gardening practices.

My “Gardening on the Cheap” talk gave gardeners 10 steps for becoming cheerful cheapskates in the garden and I shared many of the ideas I’ve used in my own landscape for cultivating a green thumb without going into the red.

Because one of my suggestions is to always be on the look out for free or low-cost options, I gave away tomato and pepper seed packets donated by BBB Seeds in Boulder for the Plant a Row for the Hungry effort.

I knew I was in the good company of frugal gardeners when there was an audible gasp at the mention of free seeds–and a long line to collect them at the end of my talk.

It was fun being on the same program as Lauren Springer Ogden. Her “Design Inspiration for Water Wise Gardens” featured her fabulous work with beautiful native and non-native xeric plants.

A big shout out to all the planning committee members, especially Liz Catt of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the CSU Extension in Pueblo.

I also want to send a special thank you to Christine Pauletich for her help coordinating the event on behalf of the CSU Extension. Christine made my day¬† when she showed me photos of the container garden she planted after my talk last year on “Edible Spaces in Small Places.”

The planning committee will take a short, well-deserved break before starting on work on the 2012 event. Congrats for a successful event to:

Bill Adams, Sunscapes Rare Plant Nursery
Valerie Billings, CSU Extension
Marilyn Chambers, Pueblo West Xeriscape Community Gardeners
Ellen Dudek, Colorado Master Gardener Program
Ryan Kinnison, Southwest Sod Farms
Julie Kuhn, City/County Health Department
Linda McMulkin, CSU Extension
Warren Nolan, Colorado Native Plant Society
Marti Osborn, Pueblo Zoo
Zack Stanifer, Campbell’s Flowers and Greenhouse
Barbara Vidmar, Vidmar Motors
Bill Zwick, City of Pueblo


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