2023 Plant Select Award Winners Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Plant Select honors growers, educators and designers for promoting sustainable plants 

Every year, Plant Select recognizes individuals, organizations and demonstration gardens that have gone above and beyond to advance Plant Select’s mission of offering low-maintenance, low-water plants that flourish in the Rocky Mountain region.

The 2023 winners are: 

Individual Partner Award 

Dale Kiyota 

At Kiyota Greenhouse in Fort Lupton, Dale Kiyota grows more than 50 Plant Select perennials that he sells to garden centers up and down the Front Range and to landscape contractors.  

Individual Partner Award 

Lauren Springer 

Lauren Springer, author of The Undaunted Garden: Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty (Chicago Review Press, 2011), has brought many drought-tolerant plants to Plant Select since its inception. 

Organizational Partner Award  

Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center in Arvada has a designated area for Plant Select plants that it promotes with information and programming. 

Organizational Partner Award 

Perennial Favorites 

An early participant in Plant Select’s Propagation Committee, Perennial Favorites of Layton, Utah, grows a long list of Plant Select favorites. 

Showcase Garden Award 

Idaho Firewise 

In the aftermath of the Marshall Fire, Moscow, Idaho-based Idaho Firewise is helping to educate Coloradans about plants with low amounts of volatile oils and other flammable chemicals and plants that produce less litter that can fuel flames. 

Golden Shovel Award 

Treasure Island Demonstration Garden 

The Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, next to a bike trail in Windsor, exhibits several different gardening styles featuring Plant Select plants. 

Golden Shovel Award 

Aurora Water-wise Garden 

The City of Aurora’s demonstration garden helps community members discover new plants that will thrive in a city with some of the state’s strictest water restrictions. 


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