HAS Summer Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

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Member and Volunteer Appreciation

Picnic and Plant Swap – August 17, 2019 – 4pm -6pm

  •  This really fun event allows us to thank our Plant Sale volunteers, eat some great food, and swap some plants! We will have some plants from the garden, some more allium caeruleum bulbs available for a donation, and we will trade plants with each other. Got some plants getting out of bounds in your garden? Pot them up now and label them for a chance to swap with other gardeners. Any garden-related item is welcome!
  • HAS will supply the food, drink, and dessert. Mark your calendar!

 

Fall Bulb Sale & Van Briggle Festival – September 13 & 14, 2019

  • Are you falling in love with alliums? They make a beautiful addition to your spring and early summer garden along with cheerful daffodils. Both come in a range of colors, shapes and sizes and are deer-resistant. If you don’t have deer problems, add tulips for the first bright burst of color after an often drab winter. Plant them in the fall for a delightful springtime display.
  • HAS will be selling alliums, daffodils and tulips again in September. For HAS members, we will have bulbs for sale at the HAS cottage (224 Mesa Road) on Friday, September 13 from 11am to 2pm. Then on Saturday, September 14, we will have bulbs for sale in the Heritage Garden (1117 Glen Ave) next to the Van Briggle Pottery Festival from 9am to 3pm. Come early for the best selection!
  • All bulbs come direct from the U.S. importer and are of the highest quality. The allium selections include Ambassador, Azureum, Christophii, Giganteum, Gladiator, Globemaster, and Nectaroscordum. Daffodils will include Bantam, Geranium, Goblet and Poeticus Recurvus. Tulips include Armani, Estella Rijnveld and Foxy Foxtrot.
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Shade Garden Walk & Talk Tour

August 28, 2019
10:30 am

Colorado gardening is not just about sunny gardens. If you plant trees or already have them you probably have shade spaces. Exposure direction and structures also create shade. While evaluating light is one of the most difficult gardening tasks, choosing plants based on light requirements can be equally daunting. Learn how to make good selections, and why sometimes it just is trial and error.  Freddie Bogardus will show you some of her successes and some of her failures. We can all learn together.

Fill out our RSVP form: click here

Speaker: Freddie Bogardus
Lecture:  Wednesday, August 28th
Time: 10:30-12:00 noon
Location: Private residence – you will receive an email with address prior to the lecture.

Cost: FREE members – $10 non-members (per person)
Recommend payment before class series: Mail to HAS, PO Box 7706, CS CO. 80933 or pay at the door.

HAS’ 57th Gigantic Annual Plant Sale — A HUGE Success!

Outdoor setting for Gigantic Plant Sale

Thanks to everyone who was able to support the public gardens with their purchases at the plant sale! The turnout was so large on Friday, we were SOLD OUT by the end of Saturday! No sale on Sunday!

The single most exciting and most important event of the year is the Gigantic Annual Plant Sale on May 17, 18 and 19. HAS receives no funding from the City or County to maintain and improve the three public gardens in Monument Valley Park. All the proceeds from the plant sale support the gardens.

Please visit our Plant Sale page for full details and come to the sale!

Bee Hotels — What’s all the buzz about?

HAS Class on the topic of pollinator “hotels” for your garden

Speaker: Terry James
Dates:  Monday, June 24  and  Wednesday, June 26
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Private Residence

Cost: $10 non-members

Members: FREE — please RSVP

RSVP FORM:  click here
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE PER CLASS. If there is enough interest we will keep a wait-list

This is an opportunity to hear the details that go into the design, management, and maintenance of pollinator insects’ boxes for a home-garden setting.  The type of nesting materials used will determine which beneficial pollinators will inhabit the “bee hotel”.

The presentation will discuss where to find different nesting materials and will emphasize what is best used to attract and shelter solitary bees. These man-made habitats are meant to be both functional and small works of art in the garden.

Terry and her husband moved to Colorado Springs in 2003. Over the last 15 years, her garden has evolved into a landscape of deer-resistant ground covers and cold hardy succulents. Terry’s first bee hotel was made for her garden in 2014 and their construction and design has been an on-going hobby since that time.

New–HAS Children’s Garden!

HAS’ newest garden will be for the enjoyment of children and their families who visit Monument Valley Park. A small, underutilized area between the HAS Demonstration Garden and the historic Caretaker’s Cottage will be the location for the HAS Children’s Garden.

With the help of a generous grant from Colorado Garden Foundations, work began in March 2019 for a number of additions to the area that will become the Children’s Garden including whimsical metal fencing, pollinators’ house, pathway, and low stone walls. Small planting beds will display a Colorado garden, veggie & herb garden, pollinator garden, and texture/color garden. With the help of a grant from Friends of Extension, informational signage will complete the garden.

You are cordially invited to share in the establishment of the Children’s Garden with your donation of funds in any amount. On-site donor recognition is available at the following levels:
$100-$249 The Wetlands, $250-$499 The Grasslands, $500-$999 The Woodlands, $1000+ The Sun, Moon and Stars.

Click here to donate to the Children’s Garden.

You are invited to see work in progress this summer, attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden planned for September 9, 2019, and to visit the garden (with or without children) any time free of charge.

HAS Founders Day Lecture — July 23, 2019

“A Children’s Garden for All Ages: Lessons from DBG’s Mordecai Children’s Garden”

a presentation by Michael Guidi, Horticulturist, Denver Botanic Gardens

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Penrose House Tour (Optional) begins promptly at 4:00 pm
Lecture – 5:00-6:30 pm
El Pomar Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave 80906

Cost: $10 non-members
Members: FREE — please RSVP

RSVP FORM:  click here

The Mordecai Children’s Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens aims to connect families to the natural world and engender a lifelong love and appreciation of the botanical world. MCG abandons some of the typical approaches to children’s gardens, resulting in a garden space that is appreciated by visitors of all ages. Michael will share his experience managing this garden including approaches to interpretation, successful plant material, as well as garden projects that weren’t as successful as originally hoped for.

Michael Guidi is a horticulturist and photographer based in Denver. In 2017, Michael joined the horticulture team at Denver Botanic Gardens, where he manages the Colorado-themed Mordecai Children’s Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural practice, but he is broadly interested in alpine and arid land flora and ecology.

 

 

HAS Seminar: Medicinal Herbs: Nature’s Pharmacy

Join HAS and Susan Whale for an introduction to herbal medicine and the bounty of medicine in your backyard. Find out which plants are safe to wild craft and which plants are on the endangered species list. Sue will share with us some of her favorite recipes and resources to help grow our own personal knowledge of plant medicine.

Speaker: Susan Whale
Saturday, February 23, 2019

1:00-3:00 pm
Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive 80919

Cost: $10 non-members
Members: FREE — please RSVP

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Susan Whale is a graduate student at Maryland University of Integrative Health, studying Therapeutic Herbalism with a focus in Product Design. She is also studying aromatherapy at The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. She currently makes plant medicine as a hobby for her family and friends.