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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens - The World's highest botanic garden at 8,200 feet.
Butterfly Pavilion - 6252 West 104th Ave. Westminster, CO 80020
Colorado State Noxious Weed List - External link to USDA website
CSU Extension Certified Gardener Digital Badge Program - External link to their website
CSU "Best of" Trials - Annual Trial Garden at Colorado State University
Denver Botanic Gardens - Denver, CO
Desert Canyon Farm - Blog
Herb Herbert - Traditional Herbs
Insect and Spider Identification - For the casual observer
Plant Select - Durable plants for the Colorado region
Plant Talk - Provides reliable, timely information on more than 500 horticultural topics.
Proven Winners - Looking for plants you can trust to create a beautiful, easy-to-maintain garden?
Ride the Wave - Wave Petunias
Simply Beautiful - Ideas for your garden
Stepables - Tough little perennials that are transforming everyday yards one “spot” at a time.
Vail Nature Center - Walking Mountains Science Center partners with the Vail Recreation District to provide world-class programming.
Presentations and links from Plant Diagnostic Clinic 7/9/14
Dr. Whitney Cranshaw's presentations and links:
The publications and links to the talks are all found at the Insect Information Web Site: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/outreach-button/insect-information/
The following are 3 items in the subheading “Bees” that are particularly appropriate for the bees/neonicotinoid talk:
A ranking on the use by honey bees (or not) of flowering ornamental plants is at: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2013/03/Ranking-of-Flowering-Plants-for-Use-by-Honey-Bees.pdf
An excellent Extension publication on attracting/conserving/enhancing native pollinators is at: http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/plants-pollinators09.pdf
A general publication on protecting pollinators from pesticide applications is at: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2014/02/PNW-591-4-Avoiding-Bee-Poisoning.pdf
Related to emerald ash borer, there is a separate subheading “Emerald Ash Borer” and most everything there is of potential use to the Garden Centers. However, a couple of things are worth particular note:
The EAB Risk Zones map maintained by the Colorado Department of Agriculture: https://mapsengine.google.com/06606903391052419324-13464369061086462890-4/mapview/?authuser=0
A questions and answers publication on EAB: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2014/02/Emerald-Ash-Borer-Questions-and-Answers-February-5.pdf
A Colorado developed review of EAB control options: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2014/02/EAB-control-options-February-11.pdf
A Midwestern Extension publication that tries to address the issues of potential non-target effects of EAB insecticides: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/potential_side_effects_of_eab_insecticides_faq.pdf
While at the Insect Information Web Site folks might want to check out the “Bug Mugs” sheets which we distribute to county Extension offices to help identify the most common insects that come into county offices: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2013/03/Bug-Mugs-Binder.pdf
Also there are about 200 sheets on various arthropods at: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/outreach-button/insect-information/arthropods-of-colorado/
Japanese Beetle in Colorado - Laura Pottorff, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Gardening Industry Resources & Links