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:
Gardening for pollinators
Cold-hardy Cacti and Succulents
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