HAS’ 57th Gigantic Annual Plant Sale — A HUGE Success!

Outdoor setting for Gigantic Plant Sale

Thanks to everyone who was able to support the public gardens with their purchases at the plant sale! The turnout was so large on Friday, we were SOLD OUT by the end of Saturday! No sale on Sunday!

The single most exciting and most important event of the year is the Gigantic Annual Plant Sale on May 17, 18 and 19. HAS receives no funding from the City or County to maintain and improve the three public gardens in Monument Valley Park. All the proceeds from the plant sale support the gardens.

Please visit our Plant Sale page for full details and come to the sale!

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Bee Hotels — What’s all the buzz about?

HAS Class on the topic of pollinator “hotels” for your garden

Speaker: Terry James
Dates:  Monday, June 24  and  Wednesday, June 26
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Private Residence

Cost: $10 non-members

Members: FREE — please RSVP

RSVP FORM:  click here
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE PER CLASS. If there is enough interest we will keep a wait-list

This is an opportunity to hear the details that go into the design, management, and maintenance of pollinator insects’ boxes for a home-garden setting.  The type of nesting materials used will determine which beneficial pollinators will inhabit the “bee hotel”.

The presentation will discuss where to find different nesting materials and will emphasize what is best used to attract and shelter solitary bees. These man-made habitats are meant to be both functional and small works of art in the garden.

Terry and her husband moved to Colorado Springs in 2003. Over the last 15 years, her garden has evolved into a landscape of deer-resistant ground covers and cold hardy succulents. Terry’s first bee hotel was made for her garden in 2014 and their construction and design has been an on-going hobby since that time.

New–HAS Children’s Garden!

HAS’ newest garden will be for the enjoyment of children and their families who visit Monument Valley Park. A small, underutilized area between the HAS Demonstration Garden and the historic Caretaker’s Cottage will be the location for the HAS Children’s Garden.

With the help of a generous grant from Colorado Garden Foundations, work began in March 2019 for a number of additions to the area that will become the Children’s Garden including whimsical metal fencing, pollinators’ house, pathway, and low stone walls. Small planting beds will display a Colorado garden, veggie & herb garden, pollinator garden, and texture/color garden. With the help of a grant from Friends of Extension, informational signage will complete the garden.

You are cordially invited to share in the establishment of the Children’s Garden with your donation of funds in any amount. On-site donor recognition is available at the following levels:
$100-$249 The Wetlands, $250-$499 The Grasslands, $500-$999 The Woodlands, $1000+ The Sun, Moon and Stars.

Click here to donate to the Children’s Garden.

You are invited to see work in progress this summer, attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden planned for September 9, 2019, and to visit the garden (with or without children) any time free of charge.

New Date for HAS Founders Day Lecture — July 23, 2019

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“A Children’s Garden for All Ages: Lessons from DBG’s Mordecai Children’s Garden”

a presentation by Michael Guidi, Horticulturist, Denver Botanic Gardens

Rescheduled Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Penrose House Tour – 4:00 pm
Lecture – 5:00-6:30 pm
El Pomar Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave 80906

Cost: $10 non-members
Members: FREE — please RSVP

RSVP FORM:  click here

The Mordecai Children’s Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens aims to connect families to the natural world and engender a lifelong love and appreciation of the botanical world. MCG abandons some of the typical approaches to children’s gardens, resulting in a garden space that is appreciated by visitors of all ages. Michael will share his experience managing this garden including approaches to interpretation, successful plant material, as well as garden projects that weren’t as successful as originally hoped for.

Michael Guidi is a horticulturist and photographer based in Denver. In 2017, Michael joined the horticulture team at Denver Botanic Gardens, where he manages the Colorado-themed Mordecai Children’s Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural practice, but he is broadly interested in alpine and arid land flora and ecology.

 

 

HAS Seminar: Medicinal Herbs: Nature’s Pharmacy

Join HAS and Susan Whale for an introduction to herbal medicine and the bounty of medicine in your backyard. Find out which plants are safe to wild craft and which plants are on the endangered species list. Sue will share with us some of her favorite recipes and resources to help grow our own personal knowledge of plant medicine.

Speaker: Susan Whale
Saturday, February 23, 2019

1:00-3:00 pm
Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive 80919

Cost: $10 non-members
Members: FREE — please RSVP

RSVP FORM:  click here

Susan Whale is a graduate student at Maryland University of Integrative Health, studying Therapeutic Herbalism with a focus in Product Design. She is also studying aromatherapy at The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. She currently makes plant medicine as a hobby for her family and friends.

HAS Seminar: Butterflies — Nature’s Flying Flowers

HAS is excited to have Andrew Cronk from Phelan Gardens present an informative and exciting lecture on butterflies — nature’s flying flowers.

Andrew Cronk
Saturday, March  23, 2019

1:00-3:00 pm
Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive 80919

Cost: $10 non-members
Members: FREE — please RSVP

RSVP FORM:  click here

It’s a beautiful summer morning. You are out enjoying your garden surrounded by the flutter of butterflies visiting every flower you have meticulously planted.They are enjoying your handiwork and you are supporting them and their life’s journey. Sound like a dream? Well, Phelan Gardens’ very own Andrew Cronk will be educating us on the life cycle of these flying flowers, why they are important to our environment, and how to attract more of them to your own patch of heaven. He will focus on the native species and the host/nectar plants that entice them to reproduce, as well as showing some of his collected specimens from around the world. Plus a little bonus on some native under-appreciated pollinators!

HAS Looks Forward to 2019

We have some wonderful events, education, and garden projects planned for this year.

This past fall, HAS submitted a request for funding and succeeded in being awarded a substantial grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation. Our project: a children’s garden tucked in between the Demonstration Garden and the Cottage. We’re planning a number of additions to the area including a bench, raised beds, pollinators’ house, paths, and ornamental metal fencing all in a playful, creative format for children and families. The completion date will be Fall 2019.

A second project, if approved by HAS Trustees and City Parks, is a crevice garden inspired by the Garden of the Gods and designed by Zdenek Zvolanek. We’re at the earliest stage of developing a scope of work. If the project goes ahead it will be located in the northeast corner of the Heritage Garden and would be completed in 2020. Plans include having Zdenek on-site for three crucial weeks of construction in the Spring 2020.

Both projects will make significant additions to the HAS gardens and will require significant resources for completion. Several funding sources are being approached and HAS members will also be invited to be part of these projects. Your donations will be critical to the success of these projects. Stay tuned!