2016 Annual Members’ Meeting & Dinner, and 8th Annual Silent Auction

On Saturday evening, November 12, at Patty Jewett Clubhouse in Colorado Springs, a convivial group of HAS members and guests enjoyed  the HAS annual meeting and silent auction.

We were honored to have Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist from Colorado Springs Utilities, as our speaker. In her presentation Catherine spoke of “Becoming Stewards of our Precious Water Resources, Landscape and Gardens.” She showed us how a water garden was designed and installed to manage rainwater at the Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on Mesa Road.

Our Silent Auction offered a wonderful selection of fabulous home- and garden-related items and we raised $1400 for enhancing the public gardens we maintain in Monument Valley Park. Thanks to everyone who participated for your donations and support.

Two members were elected to the board of directors: Mari Benzin and Nancy Taylor. Volunteer of the year for 2016 is Darcy Nelson and winner of the Henry Cannell Award is Louise Conner.



HAS Fall Bulb Fundraiser & WES Van Briggle Festival and Tour

HAS Bulb fundraiser

HAS Fall Bulb Fundraiser!!
Excellent selection of choice bulbs
Saturday, September 10th,
9 am Heritage Garden

*while supplies last/check or cash preferred

Free tours of the Garden!

We are please to announce HAS will be collaborating with The Woman’s Educational Society (WES) of Colorado College, again this year, in the 2016 Van Briggle Festival and Tour.  The Horticultural Art Society is participating in the festival to fund-raise for the HAS Lorelei Sculpture project and to help promote the Van Briggle Festival. The Festival and Tour is held at the historic Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Building adjacent to our Heritage Garden.  See the newsletter for information on the guided tours of the Pottery building.

In addition to the Lorelei Sculpture project, currently being carved by artist Larry Terrafranca, HAS has decided to have a Fall Bulb fundraiser in the Heritage Garden.  We want to invite you, your family and friends to come into the garden for a visit.  The rock garden, just over a year old, and the plants are looking outstanding.  Diane, our gardener, has done a wonderful job with the selection of plantings.  The weather is excellent and the Heritage garden is beautiful in September.  Come visit us in the Heritage garden to help us celebrate the Van Briggle Festival, our Lorelei Sculpture project and welcome in Fall.

How to Take Great Garden Photos

leslie holzmann hummingbird pic

HAS Fall Lecture
Saturday, September 17th, 10am
How to Take Great Garden Photos
Lecturer:  Leslie Holzmann
Location: 1004 Glen Avenue 
City Horticultural & Education Building
(next to HAS Demonstration Garden)
Non-Members $10;  Members Free

Leslie Holzmann planted her first seeds at age three and took her first pictures at age five. The seeds grew into armfuls of sweet peas—still her favorite flowers, with their heady fragrance—and those early photos, of a month-long trip to Mexico,  are safely tucked into the first of many albums. Growing up with a love of both gardening and photography, it was inevitable that she’d eventually combine these passions into thousands of photos of flowers, as well as birds, 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.

FREE – 2016 Gigantic Annual Plant Sale



Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to shop for horticultural delights at the Horticultural Art Society (HAS) Gigantic Sprint Plant Sale.  The sale is in the beautiful HAS Demonstration garden near Monument Valley Park.

Shop the HAS Gigantic Annual Spring Plant Sale May 13, 14, 15th

Our friendly, knowledgeable and passionate gardeners will help you find those unique and fabulous plants suited for your specific garden needs.

Held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the sale takes place in the Horticultural Art Society’s Demonstration Garden next to Monument Valley Park  (222 Mesa Rd. and Glen Ave) I-25 to Unitah (exit 143) – Head EAST – First Right @ Glen Ave – 1/2 mile to the Garden – Corner of Mesa and Glen.


The 2016 sale dates are

Friday, May 13 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The sale offers a huge variety of shrubs, vines, grasses, succulents, rock garden, and perennials suitable to our area, including Plant Select selections, many native plants, and a terrific selection of xeric varieties. Additionally, you can pick from a terrific selection of interesting and unusual organic vegetable and herb plants for your kitchen and perennial beds.

2016 Partial Plant Availability List –    All items limited availability. Come to the Sale to see what else we will have.

All proceeds from the sale support the activities of the Horticultural Art Society, most importantly the care and upkeep of the Demonstration and Heritage Gardens.

Dug and Donated:

Now’s the time! Don’t forget to scan your garden and garage to find treasures to sell at the HAS Gigantic Annual Plant Sale.  Your donations help build community, fun and funds!  Drop them off to the Demonstration garden on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s from 9-12 or Wednesday or Thursday, May 10 and 11th or even on the Friday of the sale.  If you can, please put the name somewhere on the plant – but this is not required, by any means.  Please make sure to allow at least several weeks for them to root.  So time is of the essence for plants, although clearing out your garage can be a last minute process – the way it is for almost everyone!

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email hasgardens@gmail.com or call 719-357-9427.

Garden Must-Haves: Veggies, Shrubs and Perennials for Every Garden

We are offering two FREE classes at the East Library on:

  • Saturday, April 30, 10:00 – noon, 
  • Tuesday, May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm,

A look at the unique plants available at the HAS Gigantic Annual Spring Sale May 13-15. Each class will review the top plants in the categories of Vegetables, Perennials, & Shrubs & Grasses.    The same material will be presented at both classes, pick the class that best fits your schedule. As you are planning your gardens and using your notes from the Founders Day and Plant Sale lectures, shop the sale to find those distinctive and special plants suited for your gardens. P.S. We will have Free seed packets at the classes.


2016 Plant Sale lecture announcment

2016 Founders Day Lecture



Meet Audubon Rockies Habitat Hero Program CoordinatorJamie Weiss 

Jamie Weiss is the Habitat Heroes Coordinator for Audubon Rockies based out of the regional office in Fort Collins.  Habitat Heroes are people who practice a form of landscape stewardship, called ‘wildscaping’ – landscaping designed to attract and benefit birds, pollinators and other wildlife, large and small that help create bird-friendly communities.  Whether the landscape you tend to is a residential yard, a few pots on a balcony, a public park or schoolyard garden, Habitat Heroes believe in growing a healthy community.  By combating the loss of open spaces and creating green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife we can feel good about doing something positive for ourselves, the environment and our wild friends.

Along with her Bachelor degree in Marine Biology and Chemistry from University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jamie is a Certified Interpretive Guide as appointed by the National Association of Interpretation.  Jamie previously worked at Boyd Lake State Park and the Georgia Aquarium as an Educational Interpreter, providing families and individuals of all ages an awareness of conservation.  When not working, she is often leading an active lifestyle trying to keep up with her deaf Border Collie and Golden Retriever.  She enjoys working in her own garden, hiking, particularly “14ers”, camping, horseback riding, snowboarding, and is an avid fan of long distance running.  Jamie is excited to be a part of the Audubon Rockies team, “to help bring conservation home, one garden at a time!”