Mike Bone: Middle Asian Steppe and its Mountainous Regions

Date: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Mar 11, 2020

Talk will include a collection trip to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Mike Bone
Curator of Steppe Collection
Denver Botanic Gardens


Mike has been with the Denver Botanic gardens since 2002 where he has focused his career on the study of plants of the steppe regions of the world and their adjacent mountain ranges. In his time at the DBG Mike has traveled to Central and Middle Asia, Southern Africa, and extensively throughout the American west to collect seed and study the plants and ecology of the steppes. When not traveling Mike oversees the Steppe Garden, trial gardens, plant breeding, and propagation of wild collected material brought into the gardens. Mike has been working with the Plant Select® program for 20 years to bring climate appropriate plants to the marketplace for the Colorado front range and beyond. In his personal time Mike is an enthusiastic gardener and collector of plants. At his home in suburban Denver, CO Mike has rock gardens, crevice gardens, steppe gardens, a small greenhouse, and vegetable gardens. As an author Mike has been a contributor for 6 books published through the Denver Botanic gardens which includes Steppes: The Plants and Ecology of the World’s Semi-arid Regions. Mike also produces articles for local, regional, and national publications.