Scientists at the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University want to change people’s minds about what counts as a “pretty” Colorado garden, and help gardeners find attractive and drought-resistant plants that use less water and stand up to heat. Since the 1980s, they have searched the world for plants ready to be sold to home gardeners and landscapers through an organization called Plant Select.
Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens, spoke with Colorado Matters about Plant Select, which he helped start. He also co-authored a new book called Pretty Tough Plants: 135 Resilient, Water-Smart Choices for a Beautiful Garden. It's partly a catalog of plants that are for sale at nurseries around the country; the money goes into research and development of more plants.
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