Creating Gardens that Pay the Rent All Year
Using Natives, Rock Gardens
and Unexpected Plants
We are extremely proud to announce our speaker for the Founders Day Lecture, Mike Kintgen. Mike is the Curator of Alpine Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens where he oversees the Alpine Collection and eight gardens including the Rock Alpine Garden, and South African Plaza.
WE ARE “SOLD OUT” for 2017 Founders Day Lecture.
- When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
- Time: 10:00 a.m. – Doors open at 9:45 a.m.
- Where: Penrose House and Conference Center – 1661 Mesa Ave. (click for map)
- Tour of grounds to follow the lecture
- Free to Horticultural Art Society Members
- Guests: $10 – pay at the door or use the payment button below
Mike has worked full-time at Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) since late 2004, but has volunteered and helped out since the mid 1990’s. In 2012 he finished a two-year project to have DBG’s collection of alpines recognized in the North American Plant Collection Consortium through the American Public Gardens Association. He interned at both at Chicago Botanic Gardens and at Rhododendron Species Foundation under Steve Hootman. He has been a member of NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society) since 1993 (age 12) and is a former president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NARGS. Travel opportunities since a young age have allowed him to observe alpines in Alaska, Hawaii, Argentina, Morocco, Spain, the Alps, and throughout the American West.
Mike began gardening at a young age with a specific interest in alpine and rock garden plants. Anything with chlorophyll attracts his attention but especially cushions and buns, along with the genera Eriogonum, Penstemon, Phlox, Saxifraga, Dianthus, Gentiana and Androsace. He currently gardens in both Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The two different climates allow him to experiment with a wide range of plant material.
Mike is a popular speaker in areas around Colorado and the U.S. on the topic of rock gardening, and botanic travel. He has lectured as far away as Sweden, Germany and Argentina on Denver Botanic Gardens and its current focus on steppe and high-elevation floras found in semi-arid regions around the world.
He is currently working on a masters degree in Alpine Ecology at Regis University in Denver, CO.