Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

January 2020

Movie Night – Wild Hope

When: Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 5:45pm – 7:45pm

Where: Sheridan Library, Thersa Dando Meeting Room
3425 West Oxford Avenue, Denver, CO 80236

Wild Hope tells the story of our deep spiritual connection to the natural world, a connection that has the power to rewire our brains, take us back to our deepest roots, and change how we think and act in a world needing our care.

Wild Hope challenges the economic underpinnings driving climate change and awakens us to the possibility of a more meaningful life—a life defined not by consumption, but by compassion.

We invite an interactive audience discussion after the film screening. Introductions of the 2020 Chapter Board and 2019 chapter highlights will precede the film. Light refreshments will be provided. Chapter members are encouraged to attend!

FREE to attend! Please RSVP to:

February 2020

2020 Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference

When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9am – 5pm

Where: Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus
900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Learn how to create a beautiful native landscape from the ground up with experts from around the state!

Seminar topics include:
Replacing lawns with Colorado native plants
Examples of existing native plant gardens
Seed collection and propagation of natives
Managing native plant garden pests
Rooftop and rain gardens
And more!

This event has sold out each year, so don’t wait to get your ticket!
For more information and to register, go to


Past events

October 2019

Native Grasses Tour – Denver Botanic Gardens

When: Wednesday, October 2nd, 3pm-4pm

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street Denver, CO 80206

Here on the Front Range, east of the glorious Continental Divide, is home to Colorado’s short grass prairie. Are you interested in learning more about Colorado’s prairie ecosystem, and its native grasses? Then join the Front Range Chapter of Wild Ones for a very special tour of native grasses showcased at the Denver Botanic Gardens with one of its horticultural specialists, Nick Daniel. Attendees will receive special group pricing. No additional entrance fee to the Gardens is required. Space is limited so sign up today to reserve your spot! **UPDATE: TOUR IS SOLD OUT!**

Purchase Tickets Here
$10 registration fee


Fall Native Seed Swap

When: Sunday, October 6th, 10am-1pm

Where: CSU Denver Extension, 888 East Iliff Avenue Denver, CO 80210

*Start saving your native plant seeds!!* Come out and bring your seeds to swap with other native plant enthusiasts! Seed swaps are a terrific way to get your hands on different native plants that are difficult to buy, and you know that the plants are grown locally. The event is free to attend. Plant information, seed envelopes, and light refreshments will be provided. This event is co-hosted with the People and Pollinators Action Network. Please RSVP to: with the native plant seeds you are planning to bring.


September 2019

Native Garden Yard Tour – West Centennial

When: Thursday, September 19th, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: The residence of John & Meagan Murgel, full address provided after registration

John Murgel’s bold changes have transformed this suburban property in west Centennial. He has piqued the neighborhood’s patient curiosity and broadened the awareness and appreciation of ecologically sound methods as the garden delivers more interest every year.

After purchasing the property in June 2016, John’s priorities quickly turned to eliminating difficult-to-maintain turfgrass in the front and re-structuring a backyard pond and surrounding lawn into a xeric rock garden. Taking inspiration from nature in design, most of the gardens are watered only by natural precipitation. John uses both native and non-native plants to evoke a “native-esque” landscape where pollinators abound.

John Murgel was educated in ecology, evolutionary biology, and horticulture. He has worked at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo as a horticulturist. He currently serves as the horticulture manager at Denver Zoo.

Come enjoy his garden and learn about his process. Plants lists, raffle and refreshments provided to registered attendees.

Purchase Tickets Here
Wild Ones members FREE / $15 non-member


August 2019

Native Garden Yard Tour

When: Sunday, August 25th, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Where: Residence of chapter member Marsha Plucker, address provided upon registration

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Wild Ones members FREE / $15 non-member

Since Marsha and her family moved to their 1960s style home in 2013, she and her husband have been converting their yard into the marvelous landscape it is today. With inspiration from the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms and the Mordecai Children’s Garden, the Pluckers completed several “do-it-yourself” projects to transform their space. Today, with close to 200 species of trees, shrubs, and perennials, many native to Colorado, the yard now brims with life: birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs of all sorts. Come learn about the why that motivated the Pluckers, how they did it, and what is thriving in their yard. Light refreshments will be provided.


June 2019

Meet the Natives: A Talk by Beth Hanson

The Front Range Chapter has partnered with the Highlands Garden Center to bring you a FREE lecture by Beth Hanson, Park Interpreter and Naturalist at the Carson Nature Center in South Platte Park in Littleton. Beth will discuss which native plants have proven themselves in our challenging Colorado landscapes, including plants suited for hot and dry areas, full shade, and poor soils, with an opportunity to purchase Beth’s native plant recommendations from the nursery after. There is a native plant that would love to grow in your garden! Click here to view the flyer for the event.

When: Saturday, June 29th, 10am-11am

Where: Highlands Garden Center, 8080 South Holly Street, Centennial, CO 80122

FREE to attend!

Please RSVP to:

May 2019

High Plains Environmental Center Native Plant Sale and Habitat Fair

When: Saturday, May 4th, 9am-3pm

Where: High Plains Environmental Center, 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive, Loveland, CO

The event is FREE to attend! The Front Range Chapter will have a booth at the event. Stop by to buy native plants, tour the new visitor center, and participate in activities. More information on the event can be found here.


April 2019

Town of Erie 22nd Annual Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebration

When: Saturday, April 27th, 10am-12pm

Where: Erie Community Park, 450 Powers Street, Erie, CO

The event is FREE to attend! The Front Range Chapter will have a booth at the event. Stop by for free tree seedlings, refreshments, activities, and educational resources on tree planting. More information on the event can be found here.

 March 2019

In association with Audubon Rockies, an evening with Kenton J. Seth

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February 2019

Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference, 4th annual

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When: Saturday, February 16th, 8am-4pm

Where: Auraria Campus, Tivoli Turnhalle Hall, 900 Auraria Parkway Denver, CO 80204


January 2019

Wild Ones Movie Night

The Wild Ones Front Range Chapter is hosting a free screening of the film Hometown Habitat!

The documentary features Dr. Douglas Tallamy and educates viewers on why and how native plants are important to local ecosystems.

When: Thursday, January 31st, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Belmar Library, large meeting room
555 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226

There is free parking available.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by email to

April 2018

Harlequin’s Gardens Field Trip

Sunday, April 8, 2018


Are you interested in learning about native plants, the difference between a true native and a cultivated native, and how to design your landscape? If so, then you need to join WildOnes at Harlequin’s Gardens for an exciting presentation!

Participants will learn about the following topics and participate in a nursery tour with the option to buy native plants:
*True Natives vs. Cultivated Natives
*What is a GENOME Specific Native?
*How to design a home landscape using natives

Presenter: Mikl Brawner
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Harlequin Gardens, 4795 N. 26th Street, Boulder, CO 80301

Front Range Wild Ones Member: $15.00 / Non-Members: $20.00

NOTE: Email to request your membership code to receive the reduced rate

Space is limited, so please register by March 31st to ensure your spot at this great event!!!


April 20-21, 2018

Location: Denver Botanical Gardens



May 19, 2018

Location: Butterfly Pavilion