High and Dry: the Idaho Landscape

Rethinking Idaho landscapes is the name of the Horticulture Symposium next Saturday, November 15th, at the Center on the Grove. The program starts at 9am and there are still some seats available. I have had the good fortune to attend all but one of the symposia since were first held in 1996. I always come away with reams of notes and wonderful inspiration and information. This is great timing as most of us have put the garden to rest for the season and are already dreaming of a better garden next year.

At 9am, David Salman of High Country Gardens in New Mexico will tell you how to create a vibrant, long blooming Idaho garden using regionally suitable waterwise perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses. His colorful slide presentation will provide inspiration for designing a drought tolerant landscape.(Hooray!)

David started Santa Fe Greenhouses in 1984, and the High Country Gardens mail order catalog in 1993. He is very experienced in xeric landscape design, installation and maintenance as it applies to the Intermountain West.

At 10:45, Dennis Swartzell will present Putting Together Your Water Efficient Garden with an overview of what one should consider before installing a water-efficient landscape. He will address soil prep, establishing new plants, irrigation, plant nutrition, selection and pruning. Dennis works for Mountain States Wholesale Nursery of Glendale, AZ. Mountain States offers 450 taxa of desert-adaped trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, accents, flowering perennials, groundcovers and vines. They specialize in providing landscape plants that combine beauty and water economy (AMEN!)

Dr. Susan Meyer will take the stage at 1pm, after lunch, and will discuss all the good reasons for landscaping with American Intermountain native plants. She has worked extensively with the Utah’s Choice plant program and will offer insights on using native plants in the home landscape.(Here! Here!)

Susan is a Research Ecologist with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station and a founding member of the Intermountain Native Plant Growers Association. She has been growing and gardening with Intermountain natives for over 20 years.

Later in the afternoon, Dennis will speak to my main issue: Cool Plants for a Hot Garden and will tell us how to use a wide variety of drought tolerant plants for a water efficient landscape that is anything but dull, grey and thorny.

Be there or be square!

Call the Idaho Botanical Garden to reserve a seat: 208.343-8649.