CoNPS Webinar: Colorado’s Wonderful Alpine
Saturday, March 12, 2022; 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Presenter: Mike Kintgen, M.S.; Curator of Alpine Collections at Denver Botanic Gardens
We will cover the various alpine areas in Colorado. We’ll start with a general definition of alpine and then look at specific alpine areas around the state, exploring geology, climate and ecological differences between these areas. Then, we’ll dive into some of the common alpine plants that call Colorado home. Lastly, if time allows, we’ll touch on the North American Botanic Gardens Strategy for Alpine Conservation.
Mike Kintgen has worked at Denver Botanic Gardens for over 17 years and is currently the Curator of Alpine Collections. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Horticulture from Colorado State University and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science (Alpine Ecology) from Regis University. Mike has worked with a wide variety of alpines in DBG’s various gardens and has travelled to observe alpines in Europe, South America, North Africa, and throughout North America. He has helped with numerous DBG publications, including Steppes and Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region. Mike also writes for various journals on alpine and western natives. He also assisted with the North American Botanic Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and DBG’s Research Department, which was recently published in early 2021.
Photo Credit: Telesonix jamesii, by Mike Kintgen