Colorado Native Plant Society
May 17, 2022
prairie dandelion Nothocalais cuspitdata

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, commonly known as Bearberry is blooming now. You have to be on the lookout for these little treasures, because they’re not only tiny but often partially hidden underneath the plant’s leaves.  Read What’s New to learn more about bearberry.

May 17, 2022

Dear Members of the Colorado Native Plant Society,

This is the time of year when a weekend trip around the state will take you on a journey through the seasons. In our lower elevations, the trees are leafing out while the blooms fade. In the higher elevations, the budburst has not even happened yet. Be sure to get out there, taking as many photos as you can of these spring changes in our native plants. Share these photos in Budburst, iNaturalist, and on social media. We serve the mission of CoNPS to further the knowledge, appreciation and conservation of native plants and habitats of Colorado through education, stewardship and advocacy by sharing our excitement about native plants with others.

The CoNPS Webinar series, the Native Plant Sale, and the Garden Tours are also important mission driven programs of the Colorado Native Plant Society. We hope you will engage in these activities in the coming weeks of sweet Colorado spring. Embrace our mission and sign up to volunteer today! These programs would not be possible without the extensive support of CoNPS members-volunteers who facilitate the plant sale and the host the garden tours. Please join us for these bright days filled with laughter, friendship and stewardship. Read on for more information about how you can get involved.

As always, thank you for your support. Reach out and let me know how we can bring more CoNPS engagement to your neighborhood.

Maggie Gaddis

Spring Native Plant Sale is closed! 

DUE to the predicted snowy cold weather on Friday night,
exception CO Springs THURS 4-7pm

Three pick-up locations –
Chatfield Farms – 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton
Boulder, Harlequins – 4795 N 46th St, Boulder, wholesale lot; one vehicle at a time
Colorado Springs – 1911 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs from 5-7pm at your convenience or arrangement with Maggie (

All Others – Your pick-up time is scheduled by LAST NAME at the location that you chose when you ordered:

V – Z         9am – 10am
R – U       10am – 11am
N – Q       11am – 12pm
J – M        12pm – 1pm
E – I           1pm – 2pm
A – D         2pm – 3pm

NO REFUNDS! Customer chooses from overage for any substitutions.  AND… the leftovers can be purchased from 4-6pm at Chatfield and Harlequins, and from 7-8pm in Colorado Springs. 

Volunteers Still Needed FOR FRIDAY 9-6PM, exception THURS for COLO SPRINGS 4-7pm!
FRIDAY SHIFTS 9AM- 1:30pm AND 1:30 – 6pm; Colo Springs 4-7pm

Free pizza/lunch for volunteers!
Contact or text Denise 303-588-6442

Winterfat Krascheninnikovia lanata S. Dingwell

Winterfat, Krascheninnikovia lanata, one of the species available in this year’s plant sale.
Winterfat is a woody low, spreading shrub with gray-brown, exfoliating bark and fuzzy, pale blue to gray deciduous foliage. Flowers, on female plants only, are a brilliant silvery-white and occur in dense, axillary spikes. The distinctive characteristic is the long wooly seed stalk it puts up in the summer. Towards winter, the stalk appears to be covered with wool. As its name suggests, it is an important, high-protein forage plant for bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn and rabbits. Perennial; 2-3’; full sun; any well-drained soil; very drought tolerant

photo credit: Sue Dingwell (suzanne11) on iNaturalist 

Upcoming CoNPS Webinars

Gardening with Native Plants Series:
Friend or Foe? Insect Interactions with Native Plants

Wednesday, May 25th; 6:00-8:30 pm
Presenter: Amy Yarger, MS!event/2022/5/25/conps-webinar-gardening-with-native-plants-series-160-friend-or-foe-insect-interactions-with-native-plants

To register and receive the member discount, please click on the link of the webinar(s) you are interested in and sign in as a member.  Thanks for your interest in attending these webinars! 

2022 CoNPS LIVE GARDEN TOURS in JuneDenver garden-Dan Johnson

Registration is open
Volunteers for all Garden Tours Needed  

Volunteers will work a half-day helping a host, and receive a FREE ticket to view the gardens in the tour for the other half of the day.
Please contact Denise Wilson, if you are interested in volunteering.

1. Longmont/Boulder/Louisville, Sat, June 4 
featuring gardens by Sallie Sprague, Brenda Bell, AJ Parmidge, Pam Piombino, Harlequins and Jean Morgan, plus…
*NEW OPTION! click here to pay an extra $10 members/$15 non-members for a Special Educational Tour of the Solar Arrays and Audubon Habitat Heroes Pollinator Garden at Jack’s Solar Garden! Limited to 40 registrants.

2.  Denver – Sat, June 11
Ticket price * $35 members/$45 non-members
Denver ticket will include admission to
Denver Botanic Garden’s Chatfield Farms
FOR OUR DENVER TOUR: We have a SPECIAL VIEWING of three Denver Botanic Gardens Horticultural Curators’ Home Gardens, plus your ticket includes entry into Chatfield Farms! Mike Bone, Mike Kintgen and Dan Johnson will be showing off their home gardens. Also on the tour will be Jim Borland and his gardens containing many years of mature native plantings, and Kelly Grummons, whose landscape includes many of the cold hardy cacti which he sells.

3.  Fort Collins/Loveland – Sat, June 25
featuring gardens by Maddie Maher, Shushila Matteo, Joshua Wenz, John Giordanengo, City of Fort Collins Nix Native Plant Garden, and High Plains Environmental Center

photo credit: Dan Johnson

Native Plant Master

Learn more at the Colorado State University Extension Native Plant Master website

2022 CoNPS Annual Conference

Sept. 16-18, Longmont Museum

“From Peaks to Prairie:  Exploring Biodiversity and Disturbance in Front Range Ecosystems”.  

Sneak Preview of one of the speakers…

Isabel de Silva (University of Colorado Boulder, Graduate Student)

Talk title: Willow (Salix spp.) water use in highly browsed, nearly beaver-less riparian systems in Rocky Mountain National Park
Salix exigua coyote willow S. DingwellCoyote willow, Salix exigua, is one of the most common willow species in Colorado. Willows are native to riparian life zones. photo credit: S. Dingwell


The Silent Auction is an important fundraiser for CoNPS, and we need your help!

Please consider volunteering and/or donating to the silent auction. 

Email Sue at or
Denise at

low water guides

Download the low-water guide for your region:

visit the CoNPS website for native plant gardening advice

CoNPS Chapter News & Events

All chapter events are free and open to members of all chapters.
Go to the CoNPS Events Calendar for details/links to virtual meetings and for other upcoming events.

Boulder Chapter:  Contact for info.
The Boulder chapter is planning the 2022 Annual Conference. Stay tuned for more details. 

Metro-Denver Chapter: Contact for more info.
We are seeking additional Leadership Team members! If you are interested in joining the team, please email us at! Everyone from all backgrounds are welcome, and no experience is necessary, just enthusiasm!

Seeking volunteers Field Trip leaders for the 2022 season > Click here to show your interest
May 22, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Clear Creek Canyon
June 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Mount Falcon

Northern Chapter: Contact Ann Grant for more info.
May 17 and 24, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Citizen Science in the Native Gardens, River’s Edge Natural Area

Plateau Chapter: Contact Jim Pisarowicz at for more info.
The Plateau Chapter hosts wildflower hikes in partnership with the 2022 Weehawken Creative Arts Center. Contact Jim for a schedule of the 2022 Weehawken wildflower workshops.

San Luis Valley Chapter: Contact Carol English at for more info.
July 9 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, San Luis Valley Field Trip – Dorsey Creek

SE Chapter: Contact Curt Nimz, for more info.
May 17, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00 pm:  SE Chapter Virtual Meeting,  “Flora of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument”

May 20, 2022, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Spruce Mountain Open Space

May 20, 2022, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Volunteer/social event, TGIF- Thank Goodness It’s Flowering at Phelan Gardens

June 3, 2022, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, SE Chapter Field Trip – Paint Mines Interpretive Park

SW Chapter: Contact Amanda Kuenzl at for more info
May 18, 2022, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Volunteering Event, Planting at the Durango Botanic Gardens

May 21, 7:30 am – 12:00 pm,  Field Trip to Durango Nature Center property south of Durango

Visit the CoNPS Calendar to register for chapter events >!calendar

Other Botanical News and Opportunities

Sweetwater Lake Community Conversation
May 18, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Sweetwater Community Center, Gympsum, CO

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), US Forest Service (USFS), and Eagle Valley Land Trust (EVLT) are working to capture community input as well as ensure a transparent process for Sweetwater Lake planning and development. You’re invited to a facilitated community discussion about the project and process.

Bill passed!


A study regarding the protection of native pollinating insects in the state

Bill passed! 


Concerning measures to incentivize water-wise landscapes, and, in connection therewith, creating a state program to finance the voluntary replacement of irrigated turf, and making an appropriation.

What is a CoNPS Certified Native Plant Garden?

find out here > 

Join a CoNPS Committee


Chapter Field Trips and Workshops are dependent upon local conditions, at the discretion of the Leader and should be considered tentative, allowing for Federal, State, County, and local COVID-19 restrictions. Trip Leaders, please keep your Attendee Sheet, should future contact tracing be necessary. Everyone, please read the revised Waiver and Release of Liability before agreeing to it, including travel to/from events with your familial group or by yourself.