IMPORTANT: due to the coronavirus outbreak, city parks are open to visitors as are the HAS gardens with restrictions. Stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms. Please follow guidelines for “social distancing” and maintain a 6-foot distance from other visitors.
The Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs, Inc. (HAS) is a non-profit organization supported by membership dues, proceeds from our plant sale, and other activities, founded in 1962 by local horticulturalists, both amateur and professional.
Our membership is open to all who have an interest in gardening. HAS members are dedicated to learning about appropriate plant materials and cultivation methods for the Pikes Peak region and enriching our community by sharing this knowledge.
Our board of trustees meet monthly except in December and the meetings are open to all members. Our annual membership meeting is held in November when we elect members to the board. Our board sets the HAS calendar, annual budget, and activities.
Our Public Gardens
The Horticultural Art Society invites the public to visit our public gardens in the city-owned Monument Valley Park near downtown Colorado Springs: the award-winning Demonstration Garden, the Heritage Garden, the Pinetum, and the new Children’s Garden. The gardens are maintained by volunteers under the able direction of the HAS Gardener. There’s no charge to visit the gardens. They are open to the public year-round.
Weddings or Other Events in the HAS Gardens
If you would like to reserve one of the gardens for a wedding or other event please click on this link and complete: Garden Request. We will be in touch with you. The fee for reserving a garden for a private event is $100. You can pay the fee by credit card online, just click on the Payment button; no PayPal account is required).
Or you may mail a check to HAS, P.O. Box 7706, Colorado Springs, CO 80933. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-357-9427.
And thank you!
The Demonstration Garden
Located at 222 Mesa Rd and Glen Ave , this garden showcases selections from Plant Select and is a Display Garden for All-America Selections. This is the location for our Gigantic Spring Plant Sale where gardeners can purchase Plant Select plants and other plants well suited for the Pikes Peak area. This garden features:
– a sensory garden,
– rose beds,
– perennial beds,
– shade plants and shrubs,
– dry woodlands area,
– a gnome home,
– vegetable and herb garden, and
– lawn, benches and picnic tables.
The Children’s Garden
Located adjacent to the Demonstration Garden, the Children’s Garden for the young and young-at-heart was presented to the City of Colorado Springs in September 2019. It features a hand-wrought iron fence, pollinator hotel, raised bed with tiny plantings, a worm bed, vegetable and perennial beds.
The Heritage Garden
Located at (1117 Glen Ave) approximately a block and half north of the Demonstration Garden, just south of Uintah Street and adjacent to the Historic Van Briggle Pottery. This garden features:
– large lawn and an outstanding American Elm tree,
– lavenders and spring bulbs,
– gazebo and arbors,
– rock garden, and
– a parterre with thyme garden decorated with Van Briggle tiles and the Lorelei Vase sculpture. The Lorelei Vase sculpture was added in September 2017. For more details, click here.
The Pinetum, located across Monument Creek from the Heritage Garden, adjacent to Colorado College’s tennis courts, features unusual non-deciduous trees.
HAS employs a professional gardener who maintains the gardens with the help of member volunteers. Volunteer training is provided and is always welcome, whether for specific limited projects or for regularly scheduled maintenance. For more information visit our Volunteer page.