Heroes Of Horticulture: Lauren Springer
By Ross Shrigley and Emily Goldman of Plant Select®
When Lauren Springer's book, The Undaunted Garden: Planting For Weather-Resilient Beauty, was published in 1994, it was a wake-up call for gardeners, designers, and horticulturists. Until her book debuted, no one at that time understood how gorgeous water-smart gardens in the interior west's climates and soils could be.
Lauren's beautiful photos and intimate writing style illustrated how to create a sense of place, and everyone wanted an "undaunted" garden! A plant's beauty and purpose were revealed through Lauren's work, and so began a regional movement towards lush-looking western gardens with tough and resilient drought-tolerant plants. Lauren challenged growers to ask themselves, "Why aren't we offering more environmentally sustainable plants?" It's no wonder Plant Select® became an organization in 1997, led by a committee of forward-thinking horticulturists, including Lauren. It was this same year that The Undaunted Garden won an American Horticultural Society Award for one of the 75 best gardening books of the 20th century.
Lauren's signature garden designs unabashedly embrace a diverse palette of native plants and regionally attuned exotics. Waterwise plants weave together, colors and textures give you goosebumps, and seasonal shifts are celebrated. Her designs result in dynamic year-round beauty that also benefits wildlife. Lauren grows many of her plants, and has introduced many plants to the regional trade and garden designs across the country. Her work graces botanic gardens, municipal gardens, and non-profits like Plant Select®.
If you're looking for expert garden design advice, download a free Lauren Springer Garden Design from Plant Select® plants.
Additional books by Lauren include
- Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place and Spirit (2008)
- Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for all Climates (2011)
- Passionate Gardening: Good Advice for Challenging Climates (2000)
Lauren is now on staff at The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, Colorado, managing the 3/4 acre Undaunted Garden, and a 350 foot long hellstrip garden that she created. Lauren continues to share her knowledge and design talent there, inspiring visitors and mentoring the next generation of horticultural heroes!
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Plant Introductions & Pre-Planned Gardens From Lauren Springer
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Exclusive. Achnatherum calamagrostis (Silver Spike Grass) is an outstanding Old World species grown for its late spring display of silver-green flower spikes. The seed heads age to t...Learn MoreSilver Spike Grass Silver Spike Grass Achnatherum calamagrostisAs low as $13.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Our Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden is an easy way to grow a relaxed cottage-style perennial garden. Planting masses of nectar-rich flowers magnifies their visual impac...Learn MoreButterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage GardenAs low as $196.99 Sale $167.44Per Garden of 16
Our Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden offers a creative approach to garden design with tough, xeric perennials. Designed for narrow spaces that call for curb appeal, this ...Learn MoreSoft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned GardenAs low as $199.99 Sale $179.99Per Garden of 18
Exclusive. Salvia Ultra Violet is a great new cold-hardy Salvia greggii hybrid with showy violet-pink colored flowers. This Sage selection has demonstrated exceptional cold hardiness...Learn MoreUltra Violet Salvia Ultra Violet Hybrid Sage Salvia Ultra Violet PP#21,411$12.99 Sale $11.69Sale Price I Save 10%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot