WOFR Event Recap

| Chapter Updates, Garden Tours, Native Plant & Seed Swaps

by Peggy Hanson

Oh, what fun being with plant people! Here is a look back at our most recent events that exemplify the mission and community of the Wild Ones Front Range chapter. 


A big thanks to member Pam Schulz who scouted, coordinated, led and interpreted our hikes at Two Bridges Open Space (May 29) and the Larkspur Private Ranch (June 11). She created great plant lists, led tours to those plants and gave great perspective and history of the spaces explored. Amidst the expanse, participants got down low to investigate the unique traits of native plants in their natural setting.

deciphering a flower in Two Bridges Open Space on a WOFR hike
Two Bridges Open Space: A group investigates the keel of the flower to decipher Astragalus.
Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) at Larkspur Ranch
Larkspur Ranch: Participants get a closer look at Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)
Studying Penstemon virens with a hand lens at Larkspur Ranch
Larkspur Ranch: Member Judy French studies Penstemon virens (Front Range Beardtongue) with a hand lens to see the “beard” in the flower.
Nature's rock gardens at Larkspur Ranch
Larkspur Ranch: Participants take in the views and see one of nature’s rock gardens with loads of Penstemon virens (Front Range Beardtongue)


Wild Ones partnered with many like-minded organizations and native plant enthusiasts to pull off two successful plant swaps & giveaways in Denver (June 12) and Fort Collins (June 19). It took an army of volunteers to grow, pot up and deliver the plants, as well as set up and staff the events. Thank you to all who answered the call and shared your enthusiasm with participants! Despite the heat, we estimate a total of about 5,000 plants were given away at the two events with approximately 500 people attending.

group shot of Denver Swap volunteers
Denver Swap: Group shot of some Denver Swap volunteers at our host venue, EarthLinks
Denver volunteers showing off plants at Denver Swap
Denver Swap: Susan Cleveland and company enthusiastically show off the plants
Ft Collins swap setting up
Fort Collins Swap: Emma Pett and Andrea Work setting up for the event.
Ft Collins swap participants waiting in line to get in
Fort Collins Swap: Participants wait patiently in line to select their plants.

Wild Ones also participated in the Pollinator Celebration at the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins. Member Vicki Philips led participants in making seed balls and member Felicia Hirning introduced Wild Ones to event attendees. Thank you, both!

Gardens on Spring Creek: Vicki Saragoussi Phillips helps a family make seed balls.
Gardens on Spring Creek: Vicki Saragoussi Phillips helps a family make seed balls. Photo credit: Felicia Hirning
Gardens on Spring Creek: Felicia Hirning and her mom staff the chapter’s outreach table.
Gardens on Spring Creek: Felicia Hirning and her mom staff the chapter’s outreach table.

Yard Tours!

Wild Ones Programming team, Jen Smith, Laurel Starr and Vicki Philips put on two garden tours in Golden (June 9) and Fort Collins (July 16) that offered participants two gardens to peruse at each event – double the pleasure.

Laurel Starr, programming volunteer at the Golden garden tours
Golden tour: Programming volunteer, Laurel Starr coordinated the two Golden garden tours.
Golden garden tour participants
Golden Tour: Members Pam Schulz, Erin Schoffner, Deb Lebow Aal, and Jenny McCoy with our host, Tom Schweich in his lush ‘hell strip’.
Ft Collins garden tour
Fort Collins tour: Participants learn about one of the hosts’ most recent endeavors with native plants.
Ft Collins garden tour
Fort Collins tour: Jen Smith, Chapter Programming Chairperson, orients participants at one of the gardens on tour. Photo credit: Pam Schulz

Volunteers make these events possible! As you can imagine from these photos, stepping up as an “event host” is an engaging and memorable way to volunteer with WOFR. Do you have a space with native plants that you know well and can be used for guided hikes or yard tours? If so, contact us to explore curating an event!

Curious to learn more about transforming your garden into a habitat with Colorado native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees? Check out our native gardening toolkit, register for an upcoming event, subscribe to our newsletter, and/or become a member – if you’re not one already!