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Peak to Prairie Landscape Symposium to be held March 30-31
Monday, February 06, 2012

The City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities and Colorado State University Extension will partner with local gardening organizations to present the Peak to Prairie Landscape Symposium on March 30-31 at UCCS.  Each year, the Symposium provides a balanced program including planting design, irrigation techniques, and plant selection to residents who seek a regionally appropriate water-wise and environmentally-sensitive home landscape. 

Residents new to the area and those new to gardening will have the opportunity to learn from experienced gardeners and professionals.  Both novice and experienced gardeners alike will benefit significantly from this event.  Participants will learn how to enhance their landscapes, streamline maintenance, and minimize water use.  The mission of the symposium is to build a community ethic toward responsible water use, while creating gardens which are practical, engaging and reflect our regional ecosystems.

Friday’s Program starts with trees by introducing the Palmer Tree Coalition, a local tree advocacy group working to plant, preserve and protect Colorado Springs urban forest through education, active citizen participation, and advocacy.

Nationally-known researcher Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington, will present information on the benefit of trees.  A small investment can have tremendous returns to the community.  Sessions addressing sustaining trees and balancing water conservation with tree health are scheduled.  Friday offers two workshops or a presentation on Landscape Design for Water Wise Beauty. 

Saturday, March 31st includes six presentations that range from community and environmental benefits of yards, to fruit trees, alternative lawn options, and managing with your soil.

This year, the symposium will feature a Mythbuster’s session to scrutinize some common gardening myths.  Become an informed homeowner by attending this session.  You’ll be better able to make savvy decisions to sustain landscapes and save money and resources.

An art show and sale by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists and a book sale by Colorado State University Extension Master Gardeners will be present both days.

The event will be held in Berger Hall on the UCCS campus, 1425 Austin Bluffs Parkway, between Nevada and Union.  Please visit for information and registration; or "Like Us" on for a chance to win a free admission.