Upcoming Events

‘Xeriscaping with Cold Hardy Agave, Yucca and Other Native Succulents’

Santa Fe Cactus and Succulent Club, Santa Fe, NM


Thursday, January 16th


@ Christ Lutheran Church

1701 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe, NM

Planting for Pollinators

Santa Fe Garden Club (member of Garden Club of America), Santa Fe, NM


This is a member's only presentation. Contact Santa Fe Garden Club for more information.

Attracting Songbirds, Hummingbirds and Pollinating Insects to Your Waterwise Landscape


High Plains Landscape Workshop is a one-day signature educational opportunity for inspiring smart home garden design, resulting in beautiful home landscapes in Colorado. 

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Presented by the Gardens on Spring Creek, City of Fort Collins Utilities, Colorado State University Extension Larimer County, and Fort Collins Nursery, this event is suitable for novice gardeners and those looking to hone their skills.

Planting for Climate Disruption: Sustainable Trees for Northern NM

Santa Fe Botanical Garden


Trees will be a key factor in fighting climate disruption and providing habitat for songbirds, pollinators, and beneficial insects. So we need to make educated decisions as to the types of trees we plant that are adapted to hotter, drier growing conditions of the future. David Salman will discuss the best tree choices and look at planting techniques that will enhance their ability to thrive with challenging growing conditions.

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The Importance of Native Plants for Habitat Creation and Pollinators


Get ready for the 2020 State Master Gardener Conference

Master Gardening for 40 years and still Growing!

June 11 - 13, 2020. Hosted by the Albuquerque Master Gardeners.

More information coming soon.

The Beauty and Benefits of Native Shrubs for Waterwise Landscapes

2020 State Master Gardener Conference, Albuquerque, NM


Get ready for the 2020 State Master Gardener Conference

Master Gardening for 40 years and still Growing!

June 11 - 13, 2020. Hosted by the Albuquerque Master Gardeners.

More information coming soon.

Natural Nectar: Planting to Attract Hummingbirds in Your Garden


Sedona Hummingbird Festival is tentatively scheduled for July 31-August 1-August 2, 2020 and will include

3 days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world. Birds & Blooms" Hummingbird Garden Tours, Gala Banquet Celebration,  The Hummingbird Marketplace, and Birding Trips.

Plants that Attract Songbirds, Hummingbirds and Pollinating Insects to Your Waterwise Landscape

Garden Clubs of America Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference

September 12, 2019 

David Salman will be will presenting at the national Garden Clubs of America Conference in Denver, CO on September 13,  2019, at 10:30 AM.  The 2019 GCA Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference is at the Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street location.

Topic: Plants that Attract Songbirds, Hummingbirds and Pollinating Insects to Your Waterwise Landscape

David will begin with a brief preview of the basics for habitat creation in residential landscapes. He will review a wide range of waterwise (low water) native and Old World ornamental plants that are recommended for both their beauty and functionality in a habitat-friendly design. While showcasing plants for the western US, David will demonstrate how many plants can be adapted to other growing zones.                                 

2019 State Conference-Native Plant Society of NM

August 2-4 at the IAIA in Santa Fe

Enjoy inspirational speakers and educational field trips at the Native Plant Society of New Mexico annual conference. David Salman will be presenting on August 2nd from 11:00 am -11:50 am on the  "The Beauty of Native Shrubs and Trees for Waterwise Landscapes”:  David is chief Horticulturist for High Country Gardens and owner of WATERWISE Gardening, LLC, in Santa Fe, NM.

Botanical Garden’s Rethinking Idaho Landscapes

Gardening for Wildlife


For 2019, the theme of the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Rethinking Idaho Landscapes will be Gardening for Wildlife.  David Salman will discuss plants best suited for our dry climate, alkaline soils, and cold winters and recommended plants that support birds and insects. 


Rethinking Idaho Landscapes will be on Saturday, March 9.  For the first time, we will hold it in a nearby city, Nampa. The facility is the Mission Aviation Fellowship’s national headquarters. Attendees will be offered a tour of MAF’s airplanes, being worked on in hangers, after the symposium ends. https://www.maf.org/what-we-do 

Fall Into Gardening Workshops in Flagstaff, AZ

Coconino County Master Gardeners Association


Coconino County Master Gardeners will be hosting Fall into Gardening Workshops beginning on October 20, 2018.  David Salman has been invited to lead advanced master gardener training.

Gardening For Success 2018, WY State & Regional Conference

Gardening Conference to challenge, inspire, motivate and take you to the next level of gardening success.


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Biography | Chief Horticulturist, David Salman

David is a 1979 graduate of Colorado State University with a  degree in Horticultural Science. He is the founder of Santa Fe  Greenhouses retail nursery and greenhouse (1984) and the High Country Gardens mail order catalog (1993). He is currently Chief Horticulturist of High Country Gardens.  He is a founding member of the Colorado Plant Select® introduction program.

Invite David to Speak at your Conference or Symposium

David is a garden/landscape photographer and a well-traveled speaker who gives lectures on Xeriscaping and gardening throughout the US with a special focus on WATERWISE gardening, habitat gardening, and other important landscaping topics.  Please use the form below to inquire about honorarium cost and expense requirements.

Through thirty plus years of hands-on experience, David has acquired expertise in a wide range of horticultural endeavors including greenhouse production, perennial propagation, ornamental plant seed production, rock gardening , xeriscape design and commercial tree farming. 

David is a specialist, propagating and growing waterwise plants. He has introduced more than 50 improved hybrid, Old World and native plants sold through High Country Gardens over the past 20 years. His new company, WATERWISE Gardening is where David is continuing to focus on the breeding and improvement of cold hardy, xeric (water-wise), ornamental and habitat improving plants.  


Lecture topics include:

  • Hummingbird Gardening

  • Xeriscaping

  • Gardening for pollinators

  • Cold-hardy Cacti and Succulents

  • Ornamental Grasses

  • Landscaping with native plants

  • Season long color with flowering perennials

Past Events


We’ve had David present during events at Conservation Garden Park on two occasions. He highlighted water wise plants in a very engaging and knowledgeable way. His treatment of attendees was respectful but authoritative in a way that kept the discussion moving while allowing some questions. Best of all, he was easy to coordinate with and was not demanding on our schedule but was flexible. We really appreciate David and hope to ask him to come present for us again. 


Clifton Smith | Garden Manager

Conservation Garden Park