Monitoring Native Plants in the Garden

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 conpsoffice@aol.com .   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.  To participate in this pilot project, or If you have questions, please email conpsoffice@aol.com

2018 Monitoring Native Plants in the Garden Survey
2018 Cover Page – Monitoring Native Plants in the Garden Survey
INSTRUCTIONS – 2018 Monitoring Native Plants in the Garden Survey
PHOTOGRAPH RECORD REPORT – Monitoring Native Plants in the Garden
“About” the 2018 Northern Colorado Pilot Project, “Monitoring Native Plants in the Garden”