The Metro-Denver Chapter welcomes everyone, members and non-members, to attend its free programs and field trips.  

MEETINGS: All are held at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver. 6:30-8:30pm in the Plant Society Building, generally the 2nd Tuesday of each month, however day and date might change due to DBG scheduling. Meetings are free, and guests are welcome. Restrooms available.

DIRECTIONS: Park in the multi level free garage and cross the street.  During winter months (November - April) the gardens close at 5pm. Enter the gardens through the small iron gate north (to your right) of the entrance building; During warm months (May-Oct) gardens are open until twilight.  Go through entrance building, tell them you're attending a meeting.  Once in the gardens, walk straight west past the main conservatory and attached glass greenhouses. At the end of the greenhouses, turn north (right) and go through a large iron gate to the Plant Soc Bldg on your left.

WINTER SUGGESTIONS: While concrete sidewalk leading to the Plant Soc Bldg will be cleared of snow and ice by DBG, it is somewhat dim, so bring a flashlight and travel in groups (carpools are good!) Also wear warm clothing and appropriate boots/shoes since walk is rather long (about one city block).

2018 Metro-Denver Chapter Meetings: (No meetings June or August):

January 9 Alpine-arctic connections between Colorado, New England and Northern Canada with consideration of geologic and climatological forces shaping the land and resultant flora.
SPEAKER: Mo Ewing DBG Plant Soc Bldg

February 13 Musical flora slide show tracing Colorado River from the Rocky Man Nat;l Park source through it’s demise near the Gulf of Mexico. Emphasis on virtual desert tour with special and rare flora.
SPEAKER: Loraine Yeatts DBG Plant Soc Bldg

March 12 Historical perspective of the Steven Long Expedition which celebrates its 200 year anniversary in 2019, including the resultant influence on floral knowledge passed down through centuries.
SPEAKER: Panayoti Kelaidis NOTE: DBG Gates Hall in Main Building MONDAY!

April 3 Crested Butte flora and geology of this fascinating and important Colorado area.
SPEAKER: Tom Zeiner NOTE: DBG Gates Hall in Main Building

May 15 Colorado orchids! Even though our state doesn’t have epiphytic orchids due to our cold and
dry climate, we’re fortunate to have an amazing number of gorgeous terrestrial orchids.
SPEAKER: Scotty Smith DBG Plant Soc Bldg

July 17 Gardening with natives not only conserves water resources but it also offers shelter, food and sustenance to pollinators and birds, all the while benefiting humans too. After her talk, Marcia
will lead a casual walk with commentary through certain areas of DBG.
SPEAKER: Marcia Tatroe DBG Plant Soc Bldg

September 11 A comparison of climate, growing conditions and the all important water conservation issues between Tucson, Arizona and Colorado, including resulting variances in native flora of these areas.
SPEAKER: Cynthia Reiner DBG Plant Soc Bldg

October 9 Moffat Country flora as influenced by the topography and climate variance of this area which is relatively less populated than the Front Range cities.
SPEAKER: Carol English DBG Plant Soc Bldg

November 13 Early Colorado botanists, most of whom were physicians, many of whom became avid explorers and some who had Colorado peaks named after them. Selected Jeffco flora will also be presented.
SPEAKER: Tom Schweich DBG Plant Soc Bldg

December 11 Holiday Party and (potentially) lecture on Botanical Latin and the latest APG information.
SPEAKER: pending DBG Plant Soc Bldg

For further information, contact Lenore Mitchell, Metro Chapter President.  Lenore's main email is



Summer Storm, Pawnee National Grasslands, Weld County



We welcome everyone, from professional botanists and horticulturists to amateurs. If you're new to Colorado or just learning about our wonderful flora, please don't be intimidated by sometimes complex terminology. CoNPS offers many opportunities to learn more about botany and plant identification. Our goal is to appeal to everyone through various learning opportunities at meetings as well as through classroom workshops and seasonal field trips geared to various levels of expertise.

Suggestions for those new to botany and plant identification:

WEBSITES:  start with THIS site for info on native plants, including native gardens:

USDA Plants Database - You can enter a plant name, either Scientific or Common Name into Google search and this generally takes you to USDA Database and shows plant photo and info.
www. easterncoloradowildflowers   - Ernie Marx wonderful site  - Southwest Flora/excellent & searchable - from Al Schneider  -  CSU Extension for planting fact sheets . Metro to mountains Native Plant Master
Jeffco is the main site for NPM classes offered spring to fall; most are
field based courses; also one-day classes and some classroom sessions
All programs geared to novice level; can take 3 courses (12 hr each) for
Native Plant Master Certificate -  -  for both main Denver location and Chatfield Farm  - Colorado Weed Management Assoc (ID weeds & invasives)  -  about biodiversity (also see book listing)  - enormous ID site  - insect conservation; from bees to beetles

- High Country Apps (Colorado Wildflowers) excellent, searchable and free updates                                        includes approx 600 species, no grasses  approx $10.   can download onto device
so no wifi needed - can use in the field

(these and many more available through CoNPS website)
            Meet the Natives by Dan Johnson/DBG  (DBG plans new book late 2018)
Trees & Shrubs of Colorado by Jack Carter
Bringing Nature Home by entomologist Douglas Tallamy (Univ of Delaware)
Rocky Mtn Flower Finder  & Alpine Flower Finder by J Wingate & L Yeatts
excellent pocket sized simple illustrated keys
Botany In a Day by Thomas Elpel (patterns of plant families - illustrated)
refers to all of North America; interesting and helpful
Flora of Colorado by Jennifer Ackerfield - complete keys for advanced amateurs & pros
                        includes latest APG info based on DNA research info
Colorado Flora Eastern Slope by W Weber & R Wittmann 4th Edition
(for advanced keying; for advanced amateurs & pros) refers to recently changed
plant families but concentrates on older info : Excellent introduction - pages xxxx
& xl list basic characteristics of the major families and this is worth the price!        

TIP: Although Colorado has approximately 3000 different species of native and alien plants belonging to over 150 families - before you start feeling overwhelmed, concentrate on learning the major families since 75% of taxa (plant species) fall into major families. Everyone knows the sunflower family (Asteraceae) for instance, so build on what you know and most important of all: HAVE FUN!   

Snow Willow (Salix nivalis)
Grand Junction Milkvetch
(Astragalus linifolius) (G3S3)

Tall Bishop's Cap
(Mitella stauropetala)
(Ericameria nauseosa)