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2020 Habitat Hero-Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping/Native Gardening 101
Laramie County Community College, Pathfinder Building, Rooms 108/109
Cheyenne, WY
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2020 Habitat Hero-Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping/Native Gardening 101
6th Annual Cheyenne Habitat Hero Workshop
Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping: Native Plant Gardening 101
Feb. 29, 2020, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming

8:00 WELCOME  Mark Gorges
Planting a Better World for Birds & People  Jamie Weiss
I will demonstrate the importance of restoring our communities, one garden patch at a time. From a birds-eye view, learn how to create bird-friendly gardens that help combat the loss of open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife.

8:15"Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping--Learning from the Natives"  Panayoti Kelaidis
The Xeriscape movement was born nearly 45 years ago in Denver when we experienced a severe drought and realized there wasn't enough water to drink and water thirsty landscapes. We have been re-thinking Colorado landscapes ever since--and although Wyoming has not yet experienced the enormous population pressures that have wrought havoc along the Front Range, perhaps you can take a lesson of how more and more Colorado gardeners are looking to our native plains and mountains for inspiration and design.  


10:00The Prairie: This is Where You Live  Wanda Manley
In this brief session you will learn about what makes the prairie a unique and endangered ecosystem.  You will learn some common management mistakes and how to improve and enhance your piece of the prairie.

10:15Designing a Habitat Hero Garden  Catherine Wissner

11:00Irrigating a Water-Wise Landscape  Katie Collins
Taking into consideration the existing irrigation system is an important piece of planning for a new landscape. Automatic irrigation simplifies the act of applying water to a new landscape. Better yet, careful planning may prevent a costly sprinkler system overhaul. This talk will help demystify the irrigation system and schedule, provide methods for retrofitting zones and present alternative ways to water a landscape with or without an in-ground system.

11:30LUNCH  LCCC cafeteria

1:00Preparing Your Site for Planting  Maggie McKenzie
Now that you understand the conditions of your site and have planned where to locate your Habit Hero Garden, well discuss how to ready the area(s) to be planted.  This discussion will include assessing the drainage characteristics of soils, eliminating unwanted vegetation, and the use (or not) of soil amendments.

1:15The Three P's of Garden Installation:
Purchasing, Planting, and Post-Planting Maintenance  Kathy Shreve
Now that you've done the research, selected the plants, drawn up a garden design, and prepped your planting area, it's time to make your dream come alive!

1:45Applying to be a Habitat Hero  Jamie Weiss
Once you've planted your bird-friendly garden, follow these steps to become a certified Habitat Hero. In doing so, you'll help inspire others to weave together a landscape in which birds thrive, https://rockies.audubon.org/habitat-hero/apply.


2:15 Garden Maintenance  Catherine Wissner

2:45 Winter Sowing  Michelle Bohanan
Winter sowing replicates the conditions that many seeds require to break dormancy. Seeds are sown in containers of moist potting mix and set outside for the winter. The cycle of freezing and thawing mimics the stratification process the seeds would naturally experience, but the seeds are contained for transplanting.

Drip Irrigation Components  Katie Collins
Winter Sowing (one jug with soil and seeds per participant)  Michelle Bohanan

3:30Panel Discussion  Barb Gorges, moderator


Panayoti Kelaidis is a plant explorer, gardener and public garden administrator associated with Denver Botanic Gardens where he is now Senior Curator and Director of Outreach. He has designed plantings for many of the gardens at DBG, he is particularly noted for the plantings of the Rock Alpine Garden.  
  He has introduced hundreds of native ornamentals from throughout the Western United States to general horticulture.
He has taken seven collecting trips to Southern Africa researching the high mountain flora there, as well as travels to the Andes, Central Asia (Kazakhstan and Mongolia), the Himalaya (from both Pakistan and China) as well as travels throughout much of Europe from Spain to Georgia, Turkey and most recently, New Zealand. In June he will be leading a tour to Sichuan for the Denver Botanic Gardens.
  Many of his plant introductions are available through Plant Select®, (a plant introduction program he helped launch along with staff from Colorado State University and nurseries across America). He has lectured in over 140 cities in twelve countries, and has been featured in dozens of television, newspaper and magazine pieces. He has published widely in popular and technical horticultural journals.
In recent years Panayoti has been honored with the Boulder History Museums 60 Year Living History award in 2004, in 2003 by being inducted into the Garden Club of America as Member-at-Large, in 2002 he received the National Garden Clubs Medal of Honor and in 2000 he received the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. He has received four awards from the North American Rock Garden Society. In 2004 he was inducted into the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Associations Hall of Fame. In 2009 he received the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award of the American Horticultural Society.

Michelle Bohanan started converting blue grass turf to pollen and nectar plants in 2012 and enjoyed an immediate decrease in the water bill and increase in pollinators.

Katie Collins manages water-wise landscape programs for Fort Collins Utilities, teaching homeowners to convert areas of thirsty landscape to attractive and functional low-water spaces. Katie holds a degree in horticulture from Colorado State University and has been a part of the green industry since 2006.

Barb Gorges earned Laramie County Master Gardener status in 2012. She writes the monthly garden column for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (www.CheyenneGardenGossip.wordpress.com), is the author of Cheyenne Birds by the Month and has been an active member of the Cheyenne  High Plains Audubon Society for 30 years.

Mark Gorges became a Laramie County Master Gardener in 2014. He is a birder and has been an active member of the Cheyenne  High Plains Audubon Society since 1990. The Gorges yard became a Habitat Hero garden in 2015.

Wanda Manley has a Masters degree in Rangeland Ecology from the University of Wyoming.  Her research project was done primarily at High Plains Grassland Research Station and Central Plains Experimental Range.  It revolved around grazing strategies and stocking rates.  By day, she is a molecular biologist for the Wyoming Department of Health.

Maggie McKenzie began gardening in Laramie County at her mothers elbow many decades ago.  She finally learned what shed been doing wrong for so long when she took the classes for becoming a Master Gardener back in 2012.  She lives near Crow Creek and loves inviting (most) wildlife into her garden but especially the pollinators and birds.  The McKenzie garden was designated a Habit Hero garden in 2015.

Kathy Shreve is a long-time Laramie County Master Gardener, since 2003, and loves all aspects of gardening, well, except maybe for turf installation and maintenance.  She particularly likes to design low-water and low-maintenance gardens based upon Cheyenne-friendly plants and edibles.

Jamie Weiss is the Habitat Hero Coordinator for Audubon Rockies, a regional office of The National Audubon Society, an organization that has championed the protection of birds and their habitat for over a century. She combines her science and educational background to manage the Habitat Hero program, which focuses on addressing two of todays toughest environmental challenges: habitat loss and water conservation.

Catherine Wissner received her Bachelors from Colorado State University in horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design. She has been working for the University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension as the County Horticulturist since 2002, where she teaches and coordinates the Laramie County Master Gardener program among other things. Before that she had Shooting Star Landscape Design in the Denver metro region.


Laramie County Community College, Pathfinder Building, Rooms 108/109 (View)
1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007
United States


Education > Workshops

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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