Gardening With Native Plants

The Colorado Native Plant Society is developing a new program, the long-term objective of which is to develop an interactive, searchable database of native plants that are being grown in gardens across Colorado.   The information gathered will help all gardeners, nurseries, and partner agencies determine which natives do well in a garden setting across the state, which plants are having problems, and why.   The survey can be repeated each season, for comparison and research purposes, and will ask for information such as:

Plant names, bloom times, garden location/elevation
Irrigation and rainfall amounts, pollinators present
Soil type, micro-climates, sun/shade

If you are interested in monitoring the native plants in your garden for future research and sharing the results with us, please email .   The survey form and instructions can be downloaded from the links below, filled out throughout the growing season and returned to us at the end of the season.  The information from all surveys received will be entered into our database and will be available on our website next spring to help gardeners across the state have more success with their nativ e plant gardens.   The data will also be shared with nationwide phenology sites.

We would also love receiving photos of the native plants in your garden, and we’ll need volunteers at the end of the season to help us with data entry.  If you have questions, please call Linda at 970-663-4085 or email

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Become a Native Plant Master®
A Program of Colorado State University Extension

1. Learn fascinating plant facts including landscape uses of Colorado natives and other
    human uses.
2. Discover how noxious weeds threaten native plants and wildlife.
3. Learn how to use a key and botanical field guides to identify wild plants.
4. Interact with others who share your love of Colorado’s native flora.
5. Be recognized for your advanced knowledge with a certificate from CSU Extension.

Native Plant Master® courses are offered at various open space parks, state parks and other public lands. No course is a required prerequisite for another course. Each 12-hour course is made up of three four-hour sessions taught on mornings in May, June, July, August or September. There is a fee for each course. Courses are offered at a reduced rate for participants who agree to teach at least 20 people per year about Colorado plants for each course taken. For more information or an application, visit the NPM® website.