Lorelei Sculpture Project

December 2, 2016

larrytArtist: Larry Terrafranca
Stone: Indiana limestone
Location: Heritage Garden (to be installed in the formal, brick-walled parterre known as Thyme Garden)
Completion Date: February 2017

Larry is busy in his Colorado Springs studio finishing his larger-than-life-size sculpture of the famous Van Briggle Lorelei Vase using the point method. Working from his clay model, he uses an arrangement of adjustable metal arms and pointer which can be set to the position of any point on the model’s surface, then use it to locate the corresponding point of the stone sculpture. We’re working with the City Parks department to install an old-fashioned metal fence around the sculpture once it’s installed. We are still accepting donations to fund Larry’s work.

2016 Annual Members’ Meeting & Dinner, and 8th Annual Silent Auction

November 29, 2016

On Saturday evening, November 12, at Patty Jewett Clubhouse in Colorado Springs, a convivial group of HAS members and guests enjoyed  the HAS annual meeting and silent auction.

We were honored to have Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist from Colorado Springs Utilities, as our speaker. In her presentation Catherine spoke of “Becoming Stewards of our Precious Water Resources, Landscape and Gardens.” She showed us how a water garden was designed and installed to manage rainwater at the Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on Mesa Road.

Our Silent Auction offered a wonderful selection of fabulous home- and garden-related items and we raised $1400 for enhancing the public gardens we maintain in Monument Valley Park. Thanks to everyone who participated for your donations and support.

Two members were elected to the board of directors: Mari Benzin and Nancy Taylor. Volunteer of the year for 2016 is Darcy Nelson and winner of the Henry Cannell Award is Louise Conner.


HAS Fall Bulb Fundraiser & WES Van Briggle Festival and Tour

July 14, 2016

HAS Bulb fundraiser

HAS Fall Bulb Fundraiser!!
Excellent selection of choice bulbs
Saturday, September 10th,
9 am Heritage Garden

*while supplies last/check or cash preferred

Free tours of the Garden!

We are please to announce HAS will be collaborating with The Woman’s Educational Society (WES) of Colorado College, again this year, in the 2016 Van Briggle Festival and Tour.  The Horticultural Art Society is participating in the festival to fund-raise for the HAS Lorelei Sculpture project and to help promote the Van Briggle Festival. The Festival and Tour is held at the historic Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Building adjacent to our Heritage Garden.  See the newsletter for information on the guided tours of the Pottery building.

In addition to the Lorelei Sculpture project, currently being carved by artist Larry Terrafranca, HAS has decided to have a Fall Bulb fundraiser in the Heritage Garden.  We want to invite you, your family and friends to come into the garden for a visit.  The rock garden, just over a year old, and the plants are looking outstanding.  Diane, our gardener, has done a wonderful job with the selection of plantings.  The weather is excellent and the Heritage garden is beautiful in September.  Come visit us in the Heritage garden to help us celebrate the Van Briggle Festival, our Lorelei Sculpture project and welcome in Fall.

HAS Happenings

July 14, 2016

HAS Fall Bulb Fundraiser & WES Van Briggle Festival and Tour – Sept. 10, 2016

HAS September Lecture – Sept. 17, 2016

How to Take Great Garden Photos

July 13, 2016

leslie holzmann hummingbird pic

HAS Fall Lecture
Saturday, September 17th, 10am
How to Take Great Garden Photos
Lecturer:  Leslie Holzmann
Location: 1004 Glen Avenue 
City Horticultural & Education Building
(next to HAS Demonstration Garden)
Non-Members $10;  Members Free

Leslie Holzmann planted her first seeds at age three and took her first pictures at age five. The seeds grew into armfuls of sweet peas—still her favorite flowers, with their heady fragrance—and those early photos, of a month-long trip to Mexico,  are safely tucked into the first of many albums. Growing up with a love of both gardening and photography, it was inevitable that she’d eventually combine these passions into thousands of photos of flowers, as well as birds, other wildlife, and natural landscapes.

As a Colorado Master Gardener from 2001 through 2011, Leslie provided photo resources for the program’s displays, articles, and presentations. You can now find her photos and articles on her gardening and nature blog and on her website, Mountain-Plover.com.

FREE – 2016 Gigantic Annual Plant Sale

May 7, 2016



Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to shop for horticultural delights at the Horticultural Art Society (HAS) Gigantic Sprint Plant Sale.  The sale is in the beautiful HAS Demonstration garden near Monument Valley Park.

Shop the HAS Gigantic Annual Spring Plant Sale May 13, 14, 15th

Our friendly, knowledgeable and passionate gardeners will help you find those unique and fabulous plants suited for your specific garden needs.

Held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the sale takes place in the Horticultural Art Society’s Demonstration Garden next to Monument Valley Park  (222 Mesa Rd. and Glen Ave) I-25 to Unitah (exit 143) – Head EAST – First Right @ Glen Ave – 1/2 mile to the Garden – Corner of Mesa and Glen.


The 2016 sale dates are

Friday, May 13 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The sale offers a huge variety of shrubs, vines, grasses, succulents, rock garden, and perennials suitable to our area, including Plant Select selections, many native plants, and a terrific selection of xeric varieties. Additionally, you can pick from a terrific selection of interesting and unusual organic vegetable and herb plants for your kitchen and perennial beds.

2016 Partial Plant Availability List –    All items limited availability. Come to the Sale to see what else we will have.

All proceeds from the sale support the activities of the Horticultural Art Society, most importantly the care and upkeep of the Demonstration and Heritage Gardens.

Dug and Donated:

Now’s the time! Don’t forget to scan your garden and garage to find treasures to sell at the HAS Gigantic Annual Plant Sale.  Your donations help build community, fun and funds!  Drop them off to the Demonstration garden on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s from 9-12 or Wednesday or Thursday, May 10 and 11th or even on the Friday of the sale.  If you can, please put the name somewhere on the plant – but this is not required, by any means.  Please make sure to allow at least several weeks for them to root.  So time is of the essence for plants, although clearing out your garage can be a last minute process – the way it is for almost everyone!

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email hasgardens@gmail.com or call 719-357-9427.

Garden Must-Haves: Veggies, Shrubs and Perennials for Every Garden

April 24, 2016

We are offering two FREE classes at the East Library on:

  • Saturday, April 30, 10:00 – noon, 
  • Tuesday, May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm,

A look at the unique plants available at the HAS Gigantic Annual Spring Sale May 13-15. Each class will review the top plants in the categories of Vegetables, Perennials, & Shrubs & Grasses.    The same material will be presented at both classes, pick the class that best fits your schedule. As you are planning your gardens and using your notes from the Founders Day and Plant Sale lectures, shop the sale to find those distinctive and special plants suited for your gardens. P.S. We will have Free seed packets at the classes.


2016 Plant Sale lecture announcment