A Landscape Transformation: One designer’s trials, tribulations & triumphs

HAS was happy to present an exciting, new event format: a lecture and garden tour/potluck.  It was our pleasure to introduce HAS member and friend, Liz Burnett. Liz presented a lecture about her personal garden’s transformation that took several years of planning and implementation.

In 2011, Liz and her family settled in Colorado and bought a home in Colorado Springs. The property was well situated but the landscaping was minimal and mostly overgrown. Relying on her background in architecture coupled with her passion for design and love of gardens, she undertook a major upgrade and re-designed her landscaping.

After Liz’ illustrated lecture and hearing all about her trials, tribulations and triumphs, participants toured her gardens on a beautiful and warm summer evening, and enjoyed a delicious potluck supper with al fresco dining.

Presenter:
Liz Burnett

Lecture:
When: Tuesday, July 17
Potluck/Garden Tour
When: Thursday, July 19

 

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2018 Founders Day Lecture

No Water and Loving It:
Techniques and strategies for
surprisingly lush gardens!

Presented by Kenton Seth

We were extremely pleased to welcome Kenton Seth, our speaker for the Founders Day Lecture. Kenton is a young native of Colorado, a plant aficionado, and native plant addict/hunter who who lives and plays in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Kenton Seth

Kenton currently owns Paintbrush Gardens, a dual specialty landscaping company which builds unirrigated native landscapes and crevice gardens for private and public spaces. Kenton also documents his adventures on kentonjseth.blogspot.com.


Garden Design Lecture Series

Designing with Plants: Structure, Texture & Color

Presented by Diane Brunjes, HAS Gardener

 

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Thanks go to Diane Brunjes by everyone who attended the sessions in April on designing with plants. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and idea-inspiring experience. We all came away with ideas on planning our gardens and adding wonderful three-season, colorful trees, shrubs, and perennials.

 

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

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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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2017 Founders Day Lecture

Creating Gardens that Pay the Rent All Year
Using Natives, Rock Gardens
and Unexpected Plants

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We are extremely proud to announce our speaker for the Founders Day Lecture, Mike Kintgen. Mike is the Curator of Alpine Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens where he oversees the Alpine Collection and eight gardens including the Rock Alpine Garden, and South African Plaza.

WE ARE “SOLD OUT” for 2017 Founders Day Lecture.

Mike has worked full-time at Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) since late 2004, but has volunteered and helped out since the mid 1990’s. In 2012 he finished a two-year project to have DBG’s collection of alpines recognized in the North American Plant Collection Consortium through the American Public Gardemike-kintgenns Association. He interned at both at Chicago Botanic Gardens and at Rhododendron Species Foundation under Steve Hootman. He has been a member of NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society) since 1993 (age 12) and is a former president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NARGS. Travel opportunities since a young age have allowed him to observe alpines in Alaska, Hawaii, Argentina, Morocco, Spain, the Alps, and throughout the American West.

Mike began gardening at a young age with a specific interest in alpine and rock garden plants.  Anything with chlorophyll attracts his attention but especially cushions and buns, along with the genera Eriogonum, Penstemon, Phlox, Saxifraga, Dianthus, Gentiana and Androsace.  He currently gardens in both Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The two different climates allow him to experiment with a wide range of plant material.

Mike is a popular speaker in areas around Colorado and the U.S. on the topic of rock gardening, and botanic travel. He has lectured as far away as Sweden, Germany and Argentina on Denver Botanic Gardens and its current focus on steppe and high-elevation floras found in semi-arid regions around the world.

He is currently working on a masters degree in Alpine Ecology at Regis University in Denver, CO.

 

Garden Design Workshop

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H.A.S. invites you to a 3-part Garden Design Workshop
with Priscilla Marbaker

Whether your garden is new or old, still in the planning stage or in need of renovation, this Garden Design Workshop can be just what you need. This is a great opportunity to design a new garden or reinvigorate your existing garden. Noted landscape architect Priscilla Marbaker will provide you the tools and knowledge to consider your garden’s structure and materials to best fit your lifestyle. While the role of plants will be discussed, this is not a planting design series.

Some of the questions addressed in Session 1: What makes a garden unique to the individual or family? What makes a garden enjoyable? What do I want? What do I have? Where do I start?

In Session 2 we will ask: What makes a garden interesting? What makes a garden have presence? What makes the garden a living part of our home?

And in Session 3: What hardscape materials should I consider? What plants should I consider? How will I water this new garden? What resources are available to me?

Each lecture/class will build upon the previous. To get the most out of it plan to attend all three! There will be homework on your own garden so plan to spend a bit of time outside of class and really dig into it!

Workshop Dates: 

  • Monday, February 13, 2017
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
  • Monday, March 20, 2017

Time:

  • 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Address:

  • Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library
  • 20 North Cascade, Colorado Springs
  • Metered parking free after 6:00pm

Priscilla Marbaker designed the framework for the HAS Heritage Garden as well as the thyme garden stairs and walls, arbor and gazebo. Tapis Associates’ designs can also be seen at the North Nevada Streetscape at University Village, the Red Rock Canyon, Ute Valley and Manitou Incline Open Spaces, the Uintah Street Bridge at Monument Valley Park, the Casa Verde Commons Co-Housing, numerous private gardens, and soon the ENT Center for the Performing Arts at UCCS. Priscilla is licensed landscape architect with over 30 years experience and a LEED-AP certified professional. She has been an HAS member since arriving to Colorado Springs in 1995. To find out more, please visit http://www.tapisassociates.com

Lorelei Sculpture Project

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.