Horticultural Education Events

HAS is committed to helping the gardeners of the Pikes Peak region be successful using beautiful native and well-adapted plants. To that end, HAS provides learning opportunities at accessible, low-cost lectures and garden tours.

HAS Educational Events for 2020:

March 7, Secrets of Starting Seeds, lecture by Scott Wilson. 10:00-11:30a.m. Rockrimmon Library, HAS members Free, Non-members $10.

Starting your plants from seed can be easy, enjoyable, and save you money. Learn what plants are best to start from seed, what growing medium to use, how to water, when you need heat, the importance of lighting, and more. From a windowsill to a dedicated grow room, you’ll find what you need to know for successful seed starting and seedling care.

Scott Wilson became a Colorado Master Gardener in 2004. A local gardening expert, he has taught numerous gardening classes. A gardener in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years, Scott was the lead gardener and builder of the Galileo Garden, the largest school garden in the state. His gardening videos on YouTube have been viewed by more than three million people.

To register for Scott’s lecture, use the RSVP button. Non-members can pay at the door or online using the payment button. (Go to the bottom of screen “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.)


March 21, “40 Outstanding Plants for Your Garden” by Diane Brunjes. 10:00-11:30 a.m. HAS Cottage, 224 Mesa Road in Monument Valley Park

These new plants might be the best thing that ever happened to your garden. We’ll talk about 40 (or more!) outstanding plants to give your garden that special “omph” this year.

Diane Brunjes has been the HAS Gardens Manager for more than six years, was a Master Gardener for ten years, and in the green industry for over 20 years. She has lived in and gardened in Zones 4, 5, 6, and 7, and gives thanks every day that she doesn’t have to deal with deer.

HAS member Free, Non-members $10.

To register for Scott’s lecture, use the RSVP button. Non-members can pay at the door or online using the payment button. (Go to the bottom of screen “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.)


April 4, 10:00-11:30, HAS Founders Day Lecture: “Inspired by the Wild: Creating Naturalistic Plantings for Beauty, Adaptability and Creatures” by Lauren Springer. Carriage House at El Pomar Penrose Conference Center, 1661 Mesa Ave, 80906. Doors open at 9:30, Lecture at 10:00, optional house tour at 12:00.

In an ever more crowded and unnatural world, many of us find re-connection with nature in our gardens and wild places. In this talk, Lauren will share the process of designing, making, and tending gardens inspired by observing and experiencing natural plant communities such as desert/steppe, chaparral/brush, woodland/savanna, and prairie/meadow. She will blend the “big picture” with details, distilling the unique characteristics and beauty of those places to make inspired garden spaces and highlighting some of the plants and practicalities that are part of creating and managing such plantings.

Lauren Springer has designed public plantings at Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farm, and the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins. She has written five books, including “The Undaunted Garden” and “Plant-Driven Design,” the latter co-authored with Scott Ogden. Lauren holds a master’s degree in horticulture and her work emphasizes plant diversity and ecologically-sound horticultural practices. As a professional plant propagator for 35 years, she has introduced a number of plants to the trade including seafoam artemisia, `Lauren’s Grape’ poppy, `Lemon Max’ sunflower, `Shimmer’ evening primrose, Undaunted ruby muhly, and `Ultra Violet’ salvia.

Cost: HAS members $10; Non-members $15. Register using the RSVP button. You can pay at the door or use the payment button to pay online.