Agenda for the 2023 Plant Select Annual Conference: Thursday, June 15

April 30th, 2023

8:00 am-8:30 am – Arrival and check in*
* This event is sold out, so if possible, please arrive on the early side to have plenty of time to check in and choose your seat!

8:30 am – Welcome: Brian Vogt, Chief Executive Officer, Denver Botanic Gardens.

8:40 am – Plant Select Overview: Ross Shrigley, Executive Director of Plant Select, on the 2023 plant introductions, woody plants in the pipeline, where Plant Select is going and more.

9:15 am – Untapped Native Species for the Rocky Mountains: Dr. Jennifer Ackerfield, Head Curator of Natural History Collections and Associate Director of Biodiversity Research at Denver Botanic Gardens.

10:15 am – Break

10:25 am – More Than Just a Lunch: Laura Zaspel, Owner and Green Event Specialist of Serendipity Catering.

10:30 am – Creating Fire-Resilient Landscapes: Andrea Dorman, Horticulturist and Southwest Idaho Program Coordinator of Idaho Firewise.

11:30 am – Lunch + Book Signing with Dr. Jennifer Ackerfield.

12:45 pm – Selling Sustainability: Cynthia Bee, TEDx Speaker, Sustainable Landscapes Expert and Outreach Coordinator for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, Utah.

1:45 pm – Plant Select Annual Awards: Celebrating the people and places that exemplify and advance the Plant Select program.

2:15 pm – Break

2:30 pm – Exciting Plans for the Plant Select Demonstration Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms: Grace Johnson, Assistant Manager of Horticulture at Chatfield Farms.

3:00 pm – Great Botanic Gardens + How to Make the Most of Visits to Botanic Gardens. Mike Kintgen, Curator of Alpine Collection, Denver Botanic Gardens.

3:30 pm – Secret and Overlooked Plants and Places at Denver Botanic Gardens: Mike Bone, Associate Director and Curator of the Steppe Collection, Denver Botanic Gardens.

4:00 pm – Wrap-up With Ross Shrigley. Please feel free to explore Denver Botanic Gardens on your own if you’d like!

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