Gardening Industry Resources & Links

To search for the local independent garden centers near you click here.

Below is a list of gardening industry resources. By selecting the desired link, you will be directed outside of the Garden Centers of Colorado website.

Gardens to Visit

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens - The World's highest botanic garden at 8,200 feet. 

Butterfly Pavilion - 6252 West 104th Ave. Westminster, CO 80020

Denver Botanic Gardens - Denver, CO

Hudson Gardens and Event Center



CSU Extension Certified Gardener Digital Badge Program - External link to their website

CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

CSU "Best of" Trials - Annual Trial Garden at Colorado State University

CSU Extension - Expert Gardening Advice - Website


Q&A's All About Gardening

Colorado State Noxious Weed List - External link to USDA website

Insect and Spider Identification - For the casual observer

Plant Talk - Provides reliable, timely information on more than 500 horticultural topics.


What to Plant

Desert Canyon Farm - Blog

Herb Herbert - Traditional Herbs

Plant Select - Durable plants for the Colorado region-Website

             2015 Plant Select Guide to Plants: "Wind. Hail. Snow. Sun. Bring it On!"

            Pat Hayward's 2016 Pre-Ordering Tips for GCC Members Pat Hayward's 

            Licensed Growers' List

            PS Plants with brief descriptions as of July 2015




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.



GreenCO - Green Industries of Colorado  Green Pages Membership Directory

                      2015 ALCC  Best Management Practices Training and Testing: Registration and Information


 Annual ProGreen Expo 

ProGreen Expo Conference and Trade Show


 Educational Classes & Events

TGC Academy - Courses provide invaluable training, skill practice, and techniques to reinforce powerful concepts of customer service and effective management.  (GCC Member Discount) 

Vail Nature Center - Walking Mountains Science Center partners with the Vail Recreation District to provide world-class programming.

2015 ALCC  Best Management Practices Training and Testing: Registration and Information

 2015 Native Plant Master Program, Metro-to-Mountain Group CLASSES


Member Resources

Presentations and links from Plant Diagnostic Clinic 7/9/14

 Dr. Whitney Cranshaw's presentations and links:

Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Use Characteristics – and Intersections with Pollinators

Spottedwing  drosophilid

The publications and links to the talks are all found at the Insect Information Web Site:

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:

An excellent Extension publication on attracting/conserving/enhancing native pollinators is at:

A general publication on protecting pollinators from pesticide applications is at:

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)- A chronicle listing of updates and articles

 EAB News Release Home Owners Final Planting for Diversity 4-13-15

Treatment Options for Dealing with EAB,  March 26th - Press Release Colo Dept of Ag 

March 26, 2015 EAB Update - Press Release (Boulder County)

New video from C.S.U. Extension on detecting Emerald Ash Borer

The EAB Risk Zones map maintained by the Colorado Department of Agriculture:

A questions and answers publication on EAB:

A Colorado developed review of  EAB control options:

A Midwestern Extension publication that tries to address the issues of potential non-target effects of EAB insecticides:

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:

Also there are about 200 sheets on various arthropods at:


Click here for Kathleen Alexander's presentation on Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Emerald Ash Borer Decision Guide

Japanese Beetle in Colorado - Laura Pottorff, Colorado Department of Agriculture