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Wild Diversity with Living Landscapes

January 23, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Be a Habitat Hero: Support Wildlife by Creating Living Landscapes

Want to learn what it takes to be a habitat hero? Learn how to create living landscapes from Doug Tallamy, renowned author and professor at University of Delaware. Two local experts Jim Tolstrup of High Plains Environmental Center and Dave Leatherman, retired Colorado State Forest Service Entomologist, join Tallamy to elaborate on how we can create habitat gardens and sustainable biodiversity in Colorado with the use of native and regionally adapted plants.

$50, $45 Denver Botanic Gardens members or members of reciprocal organizations (Audubon Rockies, Colorado Native Plant Society, High Country Gardens, High Plains Environmental Center, Master Gardeners or Plant Select)


8 a.m. Registration/Check-In

9:00-9:25 a.m. MC, Pat Hayward, Executive Director of Plant Select introduces the speakers

9:25-10:20 a.m. Presentation by Jim Tolstrup

10:20-11:15 a.m. Presentation by Dave Leatherman

11:15-11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Presentation by Doug Tallamy

12:45 p.m. QA for all speakers

12:55 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Speaker Details

Dave Leatherman

Dave has spent his life studying connections. In this talk featuring vivid Colorado Front Range examples, Dave will celebrate the fascinating ways our urban plants – wild, planted, naturalized, native, exotic – interact with our birds, mammals and insects. After this talk you’ll never look at bugs, birds or bushes the same way again!

Doug Tallamy

Tallamy asks can we bring wild life into urban areas? How do you reconstruct complex food webs in a residential yard? How can we get more plants into your landscape without it looking wild and messy? Will living landscapes be more prone to insect damage and vermin? Are they higher maintenance? He advises on how to create living landscapes as he answers these questions and more.

Jim Tolstrup

Tolstrup explores the makeup of Colorado’s high altitude, arid climate, bright sun, wind and frequent extreme temperature fluctuations that can present significant challenges for gardeners. The use of native plants provides the ideal solution to these challenges while helping preserve Colorado’s unique and beautiful biodiversity literally in our own backyards. To utilize native plant successfully, it is essential to understand the cultural requirements of the plants, as well as color, height and timing of bloom in order to combine plants effectively. This presentation provides detailed information that will help gardeners utilize native plants successfully.

This Habitat Hero workshop is made possible in thanks to our great partners, supporters and friends! Much appreciation to Audubon Rockies, Colorado Native Plant Society, High Country Gardens, High Plains Environmental Center, Master Gardeners, Plant Select and Terra Foundation. In addition, thank you to all the gardeners interested in becoming Habitat Heroes – people who practice a form of landscape stewardship, called wildscaping that is designed to attract and benefit birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Thank you for bringing conservation home, one garden at a time!


January 23, 2016
8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Audubon Rockies


Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206 United States
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