Gardening in a Western Climate

Now that you understand why and how our region is different its time to learn how to work with it GRACEFULLY, respecting both the environment and your own time and resources. Why work harder than you have to for the same, or in truth, often more rewarding result? Soil, compost, and plants are discussed here, all in a way that works WITH the nature we have in our unique climate, rather than against it.

What it Means to Work With Nature in a High and Dry Climate

  • The truth about amending with organic matter and the more important ingredient
  • Why Western gardeners should ignore most everything they read
  • The art of growing plants in heavy clay soil

Robert NoldRobert Nold is an avid gardener constantly exploring how best to garden within the parameters he’s inherited living in the West. His conclusions and discoveries have been published in a host of noteworthy publications including several books he’s authored.



Creating No Waste Gardens in the West

  • Mulch and permaculture
  • Garden art
  • Reducing, reusing, and recycling in the Western garden for smarter ecology and lower bills

marcia_tatroeMarcia Tatroe is author of Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West, described as the first complete gardening book to cover the hot, dry, desert and plains areas of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, Idaho, Montana. Topics include: extensive plant lists for all areas, hardscape ideas using rock and wood, where to find garden art and how to use it to create your own regional aesthetic, as well as hundreds of practical suggestions to overcome the challenges of gardening in the Intermountain West. Marcia is also a regular contributor to Fine Gardening and a columnist for Denver Post, and Sunset.

Creating a Natural Garden

  • What is a natural garden and why have one?
  • Aesthetics and design concepts of a natural garden
  • Practical aspects of creating and stewarding a natural garden

Lauren-Springer-OgdenLauren Springer Ogden worked in public gardens on both sides of the Atlantic before receiving her master’s degree in horticulture. At Denver Botanic Gardens, she designed the Watersmart and Romantic Gardens. An award-winning writer and photographer, she is author of The Undaunted Garden, named one of the 75 best American gardening books of the last century by the American Horticultural Society. Lauren and her work have been featured on television and in many publications and books. She is a popular speaker in the United States and Canada. 

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