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Come to the Table series Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, April 24, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Calling all change makers

Colorado State University’s (CSU's) Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is hosting a series of mixers – “Come to the Table with HLA” – to promote Colorado’s horticulture and landscape industry. The four events will feature opportunities to learn more about the department’s teaching, research and outreach activities, network, and sample local food and drinks. 

April and September events will be hosted on campus in Fort Collins with a focus on undergraduate and graduate programs and will include interaction with faculty from other academic units on campus. Summer events will be held at Designs by Sundown event space in Littleton and Green Valley Sod Farm in Platteville will focus on building stakeholder and alumni relationships.  

CSU College of Agricultural Sciences has a seat at the table for all students, faculty and partners who want to become global change-makers. CSU is connecting your meaningful lived experiences to agricultural innovation and optimizing our impact to our global community. Become part of our agricultural community and experience hands-on learning while building relationships. Bring your creativity, ideas and lived experiences. Leave with the confidence to collectively solve the grand challenges of sustaining our natural resources and feeding the world.

Join students and faculty of the HLA Department for a series of industry mixers to promote Colorado horticulture and green industry and enjoy local food and drinks. For questions, please email [email protected]

The events are hosted in partnership with the Colorado State University Alumni AssociationColorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers AssociationColorado Association of Viticulture and EnologyASLA ColoradoRocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass AssociationColorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association and Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is looking for partnerships for future events. 

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Green Industry Field Day Event Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, April 24, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Need summer employees or interns?

Colorado State University (CSU) is hosting a Green Industry Field Day May 2. More than 250 high school students will be on hand to network with local companies. CSU is in need of companies to assist with hands-on demonstrations and to sponsor the event.

CSU is seeking industry members to host various styles of booths (hands-on or career fair style). CSU is also hosting this event to showcase the amazing opportunities available in the Green Industry. All companies and organizations from inside and outside of Colorado are welcome. Show students the amazing opportunities in our profession.  For more information see this brochure.

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Join the Sustainable Landscape Community Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, April 24, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

What does it take to stand out as an environmentally savvy community while saving water and money? ALCC is inviting communities to join the Sustainable Landscape Community (SLC) initiative. With ongoing drought increasing the strain on local and national water supplies, ALCC created the SLC initiative to demonstrate how larger water users can become part of the solution.

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Lifescape Colorado receives Gold ELITE Award Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Maintenance success for Boulder property rooted in detail 

The Boulder homeowners want their landscape to provide tranquil beauty that invites relaxation. For the dedicated maintenance team caring for the propertythere’s a lot going on to sustain property’s health and beauty. Lifescape Colorado’s garden manager Matt Cloud and his team have provided weekly maintenance and seasonal cleanups for the past four years and they know the property and its needs very well. 

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Top Plant Picks Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Tidy peashrub has great potential for xeric landscape designs

Contributed by Ross Shrigley and Bev Shaw with Plant Select®  

Over the last couple of years, have you thought of the potential beauty and peace of mind your yard has to offer? Is there space that needs a little something to make it feel like a true retreat? Plant Select® has the perfect for 2023. Tidy peashrub (Caragana microphylla ‘Tidy’) is an elegant vase shaped shrub or small tree that offers year-round interest. It’s airy enough to see through, yet robust enough to give a feeling of enclosure while relaxing in the open. There are even little tiny thorns on the new woody stems that are almost invisible to see, but recognizable to the touch. They won’t prevent the letter carrier from walking through your yard, but maybe a few tiny thorns can make one feel like they have some added protection.  

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Top industry legislative issues Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, March 20, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Top industry legislative issues: water, workforce, pesticide application

 By Stefan Stathopulos, Hicks & Associates

The First Regular Session of the 74th Colorado General Assembly convened Jan. 9, 2023. The 2022 General Election didn’t change the party with the legislative majority, but what did change was the size of majority the Democrats hold in both the House and Senate Chamber. The House split went from 41-24 to 46-19 and in the Senate went from 21-14 to 23-12.
Both parties have new leadership in the Colorado House of Representatives. Representative Julie McCluskie (D) from the Western Slope was elected Speaker of the House and Representative Monica Duran (D) of Wheat Ridge was elected Majority Leader. The Republicans elected Representative Mike Lynch (R) of Wellington as the Minority Leader after the sudden passing of Minority Leader Hugh McKeann (R) of Loveland. In the Senate, Senator Paul Lundeen (R) of Monument was elected Minority Leader. Senate President Steve Fenberg (D) of Boulder and Senate Majority Leader Dominick Moreno (D) of Adams County will continue their leadership roles, having been elected to them midway through the 2022 Session. 
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Pickens Tech ramps up horticulture program Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, March 20, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Pickens Tech ramps up horticulture program

For over 25 years, Pickens Technical College, Aurora, has trained people for landscape industry jobs by providing hands-on learning in various activities including learning about plant health, insect management, irrigation skills and more. 

About a year ago, when Colorado Green talked with Rachel Durkan, instructor at Pickens since 2021, she said she thinks this program as, “one of the gems of the Front Range for green industry career training” and wants to continue growing and improving the program, which she has done in the past year. 

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Northern Water committed to conservation Email
Written by Frank Kinder   
Monday, March 20, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Northern Water committed to conservation measures

by Frank Kinder, Northern Water

Utility expands services in 2023 

The public’s awareness of the West’s water challenges is growing. Many states, cities, water providers, nonprofits, traditional media outlets and industry professionals are communicating the ongoing drought, climate change, and ecosystem health issues we face, which often seem to be accelerating and compounding. Here in Colorado, we continue to experience more extreme weather, variability in water supply, and increasing effects on landscape vitality, cost management and contractor capacity. Collectively, ALCC and the green industry at large have been focusing heavily on these issues and marshalling solutions for many years, with increasing acceptance and adoption. Yet, historic landscape models and management are under threat and scrutiny. Importantly, landscapes remain a vital part of our urban spaces, and their many benefits are appreciated by citizens, visitors and nature. They are a foundational part of our quality of life, and deserve our support, involvement and investment.  
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CO Urban Landscape Water Conservation Task Force Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Colorado Establishes Urban Landscape Water Conservation Task Force                                                                          
Press release February 22, 2023, by Colorado Department of Natural Resources

DENVER -The Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) announced the creation and appointment of members to a water conservation focused Urban Landscape Conservation Task Force. Over the next year, the Task Force will work to identify practical ways to advance outdoor water conservation through state policy and local initiatives, to meet the pressing challenges of urban water conservation in Colorado.

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Aurora Water develops drought plan Email
Written by Adam Waters   
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Aurora Water develops drought plan for 2023  

By Adam Waters 

Despite an above average start to winter snowpack, one good year alone won’t end the worst drought in over 1,200 years. A warming climate, multiple years of below average precipitation and increased demand have created a long-term imbalance between water flowing in and out of the state’s reservoirs. 

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Snow removal equipment theft Email
Written by Kim Jewell   
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Snow removal equipment theft

How to protect your investment 

By Kimberly Jewell

Over the past few years, advance planning has gotten more complicated for companies providing snow and ice management services for commercial properties. Planning goes beyond making sure you have the appropriate equipment necessary to clear a site. It’s now critical to consider equipment placement and security during the winter season 

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Pioneer Landscape sells quarries Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Pioneer Landscape Centers sold its quarries to Holcim

 Pioneer Landscape Centers sells its quarries to enhance and expand the company's retail business. Pioneer Landscape Centers, a regional supplier of landscape and hardscape materials announced that it has sold it quarries to Holcim. Pioneer will continue to source materials from the quarries it just sold so that customers can count on the quality they have known. Included in the deal are thirteen quarries in both Colorado and Arizona. Read more here.

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Mourning passing of Mandy Gerace Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Mourning passing of Mandy Gerace

 On February 4, 2023, the green industry lost one of its leaders. We are all mourning the sudden passing of Mandy Gerace. Mandy was just 46 years old. 

Mandy was currently serving as President of the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association board. Mandy was the youngest member of the Gerace family's third generation and had worked at Welby Gardens for 13 years. Gerace grew up in the horticulture industry.

In August 2020, Mandy joined the Syngenta Flowers production team. As Mandy's health would no longer permit her to travel, she transitioned into a sales position. 

A Celebration of Life for Mandy was held at Chateaux at Fox Meadows on Thurs., Feb. 16, 2023. As a tribute to her love of baking, people brought many desserts and baked goods that were shared at the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to help care for Mandy’s children, Ethan and Reese Foster. A memorial page is set up at https://everloved.com/life-of/mandy-gerace.

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