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2014 Habitat Hero Garden Award Winners Announced!
Twenty-eight gardens, parks, and commercial landscapes spanning the Rocky Mountain region have been recognized as “Habitat Heroes” in the 2014 Awards sponsored by the Habitat Hero project, a project of Audubon Rockies and the Terra Foundation, in partnership with PlantSelect® and High Country Gardens. Winners include public gardens, schools, parks and trails, apartment/townhouse/condo complexes, landscapes designed by professionals, and residential yards and gardens from northern Wyoming to Southern Colorado, and from western South Dakota to Utah.
Twenty-three of the Habitat Hero awardees are in Colorado, with 13 of those in the Denver Metro area, another ﬁve in the northern Front Range (including two in Fort Collins), two in Colorado Springs, and three in rural Colorado, including Salida, Silverthorne, and Grand Junction. Wyoming claims two Habitat Hero awardees, one in Cheyenne and one in Powell. Utah has one in Salt Lake City, and two are in South Dakota, both in Rapid City.
Habitat Heroes use wildscaping to “plant a lifeline” for songbirds, pollinators and other imperiled wildlife—removing water-thirsty and sterile turf grass and restoring diverse habitat in gardens and landscapes, whether public, private or commercial. This year’s 28 Habitat Hero winners include examples from cities and suburbs, multiple family housing complexes and rural areas. The judges cited all for their creative habitat restoration, and recognized 12 as“Outstanding” examples, plus cited two more for special characteristics.
The Habitat Hero Awards exemplify founder of the Habitat Hero Project Connie Holsinger’s motto: “Plant it and they will come.” The project’s small staff likes to say it has a big mission:Grow a network of habitat for songbirds and pollinators in gardens across the Rocky Mountain sand beyond, save water, mitigate global climate change, and restore our joy in nature every day.
The Habitat Hero project encourages wildscaping, planting native and regionally-adapted plantsto restore habitat right at home. As the 2014 Habitat Hero award-winning gardens demonstrate, wildscapes are as different as the gardeners and designers who create them. They can be formal gardens, meadow-style expanses, ﬂower-ﬁlled cottage borders, or natural landscapes. Whatever the style, a wildscape is based on ﬁve simple principles:
- Create diverse layers and shelter
- Grow natural food
- Provide water for drinking and bathing
- Control invasive species
- Conserve water, energy and chemical use.
The 2014 Habitat Hero Awardees are (in alphabetical order by category):
- Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatﬁeld, Visitor Center Gardens: “Outstanding Public Garden” Contact: Larry Vickerman, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: (303) 419-9217 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO http://www.botanicgardens.org/our-gardens/chatﬁeld
- Highlands Garden Village, Denver, CO: “Outstanding Volunteer-Maintained Public Garden/Plant Select Garden” Contact: Erica Holtzinger, email@example.com, 720-244-8075 38th & Tennyson, Denver, CO http://www.highlandsgardenvillage.net
- Horticultural Art Society Gardens, Colorado Springs, CO Contact: Diane Brunjes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (719) 339-1017 1117 Glen Ave., Colorado Springs, CO http://www.hasgardens.org
- Richardson Wildscape Corridor, Aurora, CO Contact: Jim Richardson, email@example.com, 303-668-3269 E. 7th Place & Laredo, Aurora, CO
- • Pinedale Elementary School, Rapid City, SD: “Outstanding School Garden” Contact: Malinda Chappel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 605-394-1805 4901 W. Chicago St., Rapid City, SD
Parks and Trails
- • Monarch Spur Trail, Salida, CO: “Outstanding Park/Trail Project” Contact: Donna Rhoads, SPOT; email@example.com, 719-221-4008 P.O. Box 748, Salida, CO 81201 Trail runs from Sackett & H Sts to Wal-Mart on Hwy 50, Salida, CO
- • Cherry Creek 3 Homeowners Association: “Outstanding Multi-Family Development” Contact: Don Ireland, HOA President; donireland@Hotmail.com, (720) 217-1310 9224 E. Nassau, Denver, CO
Professional Landscapes (Designed by horticultural professionals, not necessarily open for public visits. Please contact ﬁrst.)
- Hayward Yard, Masonville, CO: “Outstanding Landscape” Contact: Pat Hayward, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-231-5250 P.O. Box 41, Masonville, CO 80541
- Peacock Yard, Lakewood, CO Contact: Marie Peacock, email@example.com http://www.gardenz.biz/
- Tatroe Garden, Centennial, CO: “Outstanding Habitat Garden” Contact: Marcia Tatroe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Yards and Landscapes (May be available for public visits. Please contact ﬁrst.)
- Alberty/Buschmann Yard, Salt Lake City, UT “Outstanding Residential Garden” Contact: Erin Alberty, email@example.com
- Aslakson Yard, Littleton, CO Contact: Lorrie Aslakson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-284-5123
- Bidgood Yard, Denver, CO “Special Recognition for Citizen Science” Contact: Jason Bidgood, email@example.com
- Blum Meadow, Silverthorne, CO Contact: Marcia Blum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-489-7312
- Bonahan Yard, Cheyenne, WY Contact: Michelle Bonahan, email@example.com, 307-630-3120
- Cappel Yard, Brighton, CO: “Outstanding Residential Garden” Contact: Mary & Pete Cappel, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Engelstad Yard, Rapid City, SD: “Outstanding Residential Yard” Contact: Louise Engelstad, email@example.com
- Freudenburg & White Yard, Colorado Springs, CO: “Outstanding Habitat Garden” Contact: Patti Freudenburg & Tony White, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gaudet Prairie Restoration, Berthoud, CO Contact: Loni Gaudet, email@example.com,
- Hemenway Wildscape Yard, Fort Collins, CO Contact: Gayle Hemenway, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-407-0258
- James Garden, Denver, CO Contact: Gordon T. James, email@example.com
- King Wildscape Garden, Lakewood, CO Contact: Carol King, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-455-8001
- Morland Yard, Denver, CO Contact: John Morland, email@example.com, 303-618-0415
- Piombino Garden, Boulder County, CO Contact: Pam and Joe Piombino, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rose Wildscape, Powell, WY: “Outstanding Zone 4 Garden” Contact: Stephanie and Andy Rose, email@example.com, 307-899-3322
- Segrest and Beard Yard, Grand Junction, CO Contact: Jessica Secrets and Randy Beard, firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 255-8363
- Stalls and Purner Yard, Denver, CO: “Special Recognition for Creativity” Contact: Jonathon Stalls, email@example.com
- Wasko Yard, Englewood, CO Contact: Barbara Wasko, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-781-0316
For more information and photos visit: http://habhero.org/habitat-hero-awards-for-2014/
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Habitat Hero Project http://habhero.org
Plant Select http://plantselect.org
High Country Gardens http://www.highcountrygardens.com