March 16, 2023 E-news

Call for CoNPS Board Nominations

The Colorado Native Plant Society is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic Society members to serve 3-year terms as President and Vice President of the CoNPS Board of Directors.

The President of the CoNPS Board of Directors

  • Serves as the organization’s official legal representative, with general supervision of the Society’s affairs

  • Is also the primary liaison between the Board of Directors and the Executive Director

  • Signs or countersigns all certificates, contracts, and other instruments of the Society as authorized by the Board of Directors

  • Makes reports to the Board of Directors and members

  • Presides at all meetings of the members and Board of Directors, including finalizing the meeting agenda

  • Keeps track of board responsibilities and activities, implements or delegates actions directed by the board

The Vice-President of the CoNPS Board of Directors

  • Fills in all presidential duties if the President is not present or available

  • Develops a slate of nominees for the various elections, including elections of At-Large members of the Board of Directors, officers of the Board of Directors, and replacement for members of the Board of Directors who leave office early.

Any CoNPS member can nominate themselves or another member for these important roles.


Please send your nominations by April 15th, 2023

Send your nomination

CoNPS Webinar

How to Design a Native Plant Garden

Wednesday, March 29, 2023; 6:00-8:30 pm
Presenter: Deryn Davidson, MLA


In this webinar, we will cover the basics of the landscape design process and how you can apply them to a native plant garden. The elements and principles of design, site analysis, and plant & material selection will all be covered. We will also touch on how to incorporate green infrastructure elements into your landscape to help with water conservation. Whether you’re going to hire a pro or DIY, this webinar will give you the language and tools to create a beautiful native plant landscape for your home yard.

This webinar is designed for people new to landscape design with beginner to intermediate native plant knowledge.


Sustainable High Altitude Gardening Education (SAGE)

Online Learning Community

March 13- April 10, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Mondays, virtual
April 17th at the Alliance Center, Denver, CO and livestreamed

Facilitator: Maggie Gaddis, M.S., Ph.D.

adjective: sage: having, showing, or indicating profound wisdom

Learn and use principles of sustainable high altitude gardening through this self-paced and supportive online learning community! We will focus on native plants but will also address edible gardening. Work through course materials at your own pace and share your questions, progress and photos at weekly Zoom meetings. Materials for each module will be available upon registration.


Upcoming Chapter Events


Committee Meetings

Colorado Native Plant Society Meet-up! Seed up!
Thursday, March 16, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Durango Library

 SE Chapter Virtual Meeting, Use of Natives in Ornamental Landscapes
Thursday, March 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Presenter: Alex Smith

 Plateau Chapter Meeting
March 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Virtual Meeting
Presented by Jim Pisarowicz

TGIF with Colorado Native Plant Society at Phelan Gardens
Friday, March 17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Transplanting at OneCanopy Greenhouse
Saturday, March 18, 9 AM – 12 Noon
One Canopy Greenhouse

 Meeting of the CoNPS Horticulture Committee
Monday, March 20, 8:00 – 9:00 AM, Virtual Meeting

 Meeting of the CoNPS Media Committee
Tuesday, March 21, 8:00 – 9:00 AM, Virtual Meeting

 Volunteer at Harlequin’s Gardens
Wednesday, March 22, 10:00 – 12:00 Noon

Education Outreach Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Virtual Meeting

 “Seeds and Bees”: 2023 Seed Swap and Giveaway
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 10:00 – 12:30 PM
Wolverine Farm Publick House


Everyone is invited, regardless of chapter affiliation.

Full CoNPS Calendar

Rare and Restoration Plants of the Navajo Nation

Presenter: Nora Ventrella

Jan 2023 SW Chapter Meeting

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Full-Time, Permanent Botanist Position Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Salary Range: $52,800 – $66,000 annually; Location: Fort Collins, CO


The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is hiring a full-time, permanent botanist. This position will support projects such as rare plant inventories, rare plant population monitoring, weed mapping, vegetation mapping, restoration, species distribution modeling and curating information on rare plants in a statewide database housing biodiversity information.


The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is Colorado’s primary biological conservation information center housed within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. CNHP provides a flexible work environment to support work-life balance with excellent benefits. Desired start date is May 8, 2023.


To learn more about us, visit https://cnhp.colostate.edu/. First consideration of applicants will begin on April 5, 2023.

Apply here

Other Events



Monday March 20, NOON

Sponsored by Environment Colorado

Stephen Buchmann knows a lot about bees – their personalities, their talents (like dancing), and wonders if they dream?

Join Buchmann and a special guest, the First Gentleman of Colorado, Marlon Reis, to learn about the marvels of bees, including their incredible abilities, sentient traits, and simple gardening tips you can do to help pollinators. We’ll also share ways the Colorado legislature can take action to protect our pollinators this session.


Colorado hosts 946 native bee species, ranking 5th nationally for bee diversity. Unfortunately, bee die-offs are becoming too common – one recent report found the western bumble bee declined 72% in our region since 1998.


With bees just starting to buzz this spring it is our duty to make sure we’re ready to protect them.

Apply here