“Great American Rake-off — November 14”

November 16, 2017

Our great crew of volunteers turned out for the “Great American Rake-off”! We raked the Demonstration Garden and bagged the leaves. Some of those bags will be used as a “cold frame”. By placing those bags around the outside of grouped pots, and placing them on top of the pots at times of extreme cold, we will keep potted items over the winter, and have them ready for our “Dug and Donated” section of the Annual Plant Sale.

Some of those bags we will leave open and keep moist so that in a couple of years (the long time frame is due to the presence of cottonwood and oak leaves, which have a lot of lignin and take longer to break down) we will have leaf mold.

The rest of the bags will be recycled into mulch. Viva the leaf – and our wonderful volunteers!

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H.A.S. Silent Auction, Annual Meeting, and Dinner

November 14, 2017

Saturday, November 11
Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola, Colorado Springs

The H.A.S. annual membership meeting on November 11 hosted a convivial group of gardeners and supporters. The silent auction raised more than $1000 for garden improvements in Monument Valley Park.

The auction was followed by the annual meeting where we heard about accomplishments for 2017. Volunteer of the Year award was given to Louise Conner and the Henry Cannell award was given to Chella DiMenza.

Following dinner, professional gardener Kim Gravestock gave a detailed presentation providing “Planning and Maintenance Tips for Great Gardens.”


HAS Offers Garden Photography Class

September 27, 2017

Saturday, October 11 at 10:00am

HAS Caretaker’s Cottage, 224 Mesa Road

Join us for a wonderful class by Leslie Holzmann, learning the tips and tricks for making the beauty of your garden and nature come alive in your photographs.

Growing up with a love of both gardening and photography, it was inevitable that Leslie would eventually combine these passions into thousands of photos of flowers, birds and 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.
Reserve your seat now:    Seating is limited so please RSVP soon. Free to H.A.S. members; all others $10.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master!


H.A.S. Dedicates Lorelei Statue in Heritage Garden

September 20, 2017

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We saw a wonderful turnout at our Lorelei dedication on September 9, 2017, as part of the Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival. H.A.S. President Chella DiMenza introduced special guests including Matt Mayberry, Director of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and Kathy Honea of the Van Briggle Pottery Association. We had beautiful weather, visited with a lot of people, and enjoyed lemonade and a special cake to celebrate this beautiful addition to the Heritage Garden.

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HAS Announces Sale of Fall Bulbs September 9th

July 26, 2017

 

H.A.S. will offer bulbs for sale in the Heritage Garden, concurrent with the Van Briggle Pottery Festival and dedication of the Lorelei sculpture on September 9, 2017. Come and enjoy the festival, the dedication, refreshments, guided tour of the garden, and support the HAS and the gardens with your purchase of exceptional bulbs for your home and garden. Dedication of the new Lorelei sculpture in the Thyme Garden of the Heritage Garden is scheduled for 12:00-12:30pm with speakers and refreshments on offer.


HAS 2017 Gigantic Annual Plant Sale a Gigantic Success!

May 31, 2017

The Gigantic Annual Plant Sale is THE major fundraiser for the Horticultural Art Society. We maintain three public gardens in historic Monument Valley Park with the proceeds from the sale.

This year the weather gave us a run in the rain, cold, and wind. Our volunteers were fantastic getting plants into shelter and out again and our customers didn’t let us down, shopping in the cold and wind. Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone, for our most successful sale in recent years!

See you all next year, the weekend after Mother’s Day.

Click here for our preliminary list of plants: 2017 Master List for publishing


Exciting Plants That Will Thrive in Your Garden!

May 5, 2017
East Library, 5550 North Union Blvd.
Tuesday, May 9th, 6-8pm
Free to Everyone
Join us as Pam Hamamoto, Allen Johnson and Diane Brunjes share their knowledge about the best shrubs, vines, and perennials that will thrive in your garden and bring beauty, joy, wildlife, movement, color, and fragrance to your garden.