Wednesday, August 14 , 2013, 6:00 & 7:00 p.m., “Plant Select”

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**This month’s program takes place at the Penrose Library!**

Cathie and Pam will look in depth at the Plant Select program, which introduces underutilized plants that are suited to the Front Range area. They’ll highlight some of the great plants over the years and introduce the new plants for 2014. The Carnegie Garden at Penrose Library is a stunning Plant Select garden in a very dry location that will be open at 6 pm through the doors from the main floor of the library. The talk will begin at 7 pm in the Adult/Children meeting room.

Free to all at the Penrose Library – 20 N. Cascade Ave.

2013 First Annual Photo Contest Reception


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Come join us to celebrate our first annual photo contest and see the winners! Refreshments served.

Date: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: East Library, 5550 E. Union Blvd.

Photos will be on display at the East Library for the month of August. All winning entries represent the gardens tended by the Horticultural Art Society in Monument Valley Park.

View a slideshow of the entry photographs here:

Wednesday, July 10 , 2013, 7:00 p.m., “Trees and Drought”

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Drought definitely takes its toll on our trees, especially our older, more mature trees. No one knows this better than arborist, Becky Wegner, whose company, Mountain High Tree Service, takes care of many of the trees in our region. If you’ve driven down Nevada Avenue north of downtown Colorado Springs in the past few years, you’ve no doubt seen the trees in the median have suffered terribly as a result of not being irrigated during the drought that we experienced back in the early 2000’s. Come learn how to care for your trees during times of drought and watering restrictions. Also learn how to care for and water your trees during winter, an absolute MUST in our arid region.

Free to all at the East Library, 5550 E. Union Blvd.

HAS 2013 Photography Contest!


We’re pleased to announce our first photo contest!

Here are the basic details:

Photos must be recognizable from one of the three H.A.S. Gardens in Monument Valley Park-

Demonstration Garden- corner of Mesa and Glen

Heritage Garden– Glen Ave south of Uintah

Pinetum– Uintah east of Glen, west of Colorado College

Categories this year include—

*Close ups of flora or insects

*Landscape scenes

*Flower or Tree portraits

*Animals, butterflies, or other insects/bugs in garden

*Human activity in park / with signed release form

How to Enter

Entry fee is $10 per jpeg or 3 jpegs entered for $25

Send photos and filled out copy of entry form to

You will be billed for entries submitted / payable by PayPal, MC, Visa, or Discover

Deadline is July 10, 2013

Judging and Prizes

The top 60 entries will be decided on by professional photographers and artisans.

Chosen top entries will need to be printed, mounted and framed by photographer to be displayed in galleries in East and Penrose libraries
(Name and contact information may be included)

Cash prizes for top 5 winners

Grand prize trophy winner to be chosen by public vote at opening reception August 8, 2013


More specific contest details can be found here: details.pdf

Entry form can be found here: entryform.doc

Email any other questions to

Wednesday, June 12 , 2013, 6:00 p.m. tour & 7:00 p.m., “Demystifying Drip”

carnegiegarden.jpgPresented by Carla Anderson, ASLA

6:00 p.m. Tour of the Carnegie Library garden (on the Penrose Library property) – Get a “hands on” look at a drip system “in the field” in the award-winning garden.
7:00 p.m. Presentation – “Demystifying Drip”

Do you want to have more control over your garden’s drip irrigation system, but aren’t sure what it’s all about? Do you want to save water and have healthier plants? Come to this presentation for a layman’s explanation of drip irrigation, and be empowered!

Carla has a degree in Botany, and has been a registered Landscape Architect for over 25 years. A resident of Colorado since 1992, she has been a Colorado Master Gardener since 1996. Her professional work of site design, planting design, and construction supervision focuses on environmentally responsible landscape solutions. This includes water management practices, use of native, low maintenance and drought-tolerant plants, and consideration of adverse environmental impacts, such as challenges with native fauna and erratic weather conditions.

Free to all at the Penrose Library – 20 N. Cascade Ave.