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Learn about native plants at festival, sale

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Learn about native plants, backyard birding and pollinators from local and regional experts at the Colorado Native Plant Society fall festival and plant sale. Vendor booths, a bookstore and a native seed swap are also highlights of the festival and sale, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Road.

Landscaping with Native Plants for Wildlife, presented by award-winning author Susan J. Tweit, is the first workshop at 11:30 a.m. Tweit is a plant ecologist and all around “nature geek." She will discuss knowing your garden style, how local “terroir” informs your landscape, weaving community with natives, and keystone native plants for wildlife and garden health.

At 1 p.m., David Julie of the Colorado Native Plant Society will speak on Flowers and Pollinators. Plants offer food in flowers to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators in exchange for help in producing seeds.

The backyard birding workshop begins at 3 p.m. and is presented by Kate Hogan, community outreach coordinator for the Audubon Society of Great Denver. Participants will learn about the local bird population with help from friends from the Audubon Society.

The Front Range Wild Ones and CoNPS plan a seed swap at 2 p.m. Saving seeds to propagate your own plants is a rewarding way to expand your native plant garden and share your favorites with friends. Bring any seed or volunteer plants that you've collected from your yard and take a similar amount from what is offered. All seeds and plants should be from species native to Colorado. It's free to participate but registration is encouraged.

To sign up for the seed swap and workshops (cost applies to workshops), to preorder plants from various vendors, or for more details about the vendors and the event, go to CoNPS.org.

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