Upcoming Events

March 7, 2020

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.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

April 16, 2020

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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March 25, 2020

7 PM

David Salman will present to the Principles of Xeriscaping along with the very best plant choices for Santa Fe gardens and landscapes. This is an essential educational opportunity for newcomers to Santa Fe as well as a refresher for all gardeners in our high desert climate of Northern New Mexico.

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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


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