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Biography | Chief Horticulturist, the late David Salman 


David was a 1979 graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Horticultural Science. He is the founder of Santa Fe Greenhouses retail nursery and greenhouse(1984) and the High Country Gardens mail-order catalog (1993). He is a founding member of the Colorado Plant Select® introduction program.

Through thirty-plus years of hands-on experience, David had acquired expertise in a wide range of horticultural endeavors including greenhouse production, perennial propagation, ornamental plant seed production, rock gardening, xeriscape design, and commercial tree farming. 

David was a specialist, in propagating and growing waterwise plants. He has introduced more than 50 improved hybrids, Old World, and native plants sold through High Country Gardens over the past 20 years.  

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  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One'


  • Sorghastrum nutans 'Thin Man' PP# 28,923


  • Delosperma dyeri Red Mountain® Flame


  • Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®


  • Zinnia grandiflora 'Gold on Blue'

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