Silent Auction, Annual Meeting & Dinner — Nov. 3

Please join us for our exciting Auction, Dinner and Annual Meeting at the historic Patty Jewett Clubhouse. Enjoy a drink from the cash bar and make your silent bids at our exciting auction of unique items, many with special appeal to gardeners. Then, enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner and our annual meeting including a report to the members and trustee election followed by a fascinating lecture.

Our honored speaker this year is the knowledgeable and charismatic Carey Harrington who has a long background with HAS and Friends of Monument Valley Park. Her presentation is titled Monument Valley Park: General Palmer’s Greatest Gift to Colorado Springs.

You’ll find some wonderful gifts for the holidays at our silent auction and help us raise funds for HAS garden improvements. This is a most enjoyable evening of fellowship with your fellow HAS members and garden enthusiasts. Patty Jewett’s buffet dinner will be their Classic Dinner.

Date:  Saturday, November 3, 2018

  • 5:00 p.m., Silent Auction and Social Hour – Cash Bar
  • 6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Carey Harrington

Cost: $36.00 single, $72.00 couple


Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “The Power of Permicultures”

Presented by by Rhonda Thompson. 

Colorado Technical University, Room 260-A at 7:00 p.m.

You don’t need to be a hippie with a composting toilet to practice Permaculture! Permanent Agriculture is a design system using the logic and balance of nature that can (and should!) be integrated into anyone’s yard or property. Learn more about the ethics and principles of this earth/people friendly system of sustainable living and land use.

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University, 4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt”

Presented by Steve Loy, owner of Sun Maintenance Service, a professional landscaping business.

Join the Horticultural Arts Society for the free presentation “Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt” on Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 pm at Colorado Technical University, Room 256. Steve Loy, owner of Sun Maintenance Service, a professional landscaping business, will teach us how to manage and improve our soils for a healthier garden.  Learn how to avoid plant problems by using amendments and mulches targeted for our Pikes Peak area soils.  Call 719-357-9427 or visit for more information.

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University,
4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “Starting Your Garden From Seed”

seed-displayPresented by Leslie Holzmann, Master Gardener and Black Forest resident. 

February’s gardening talk will be on “Starting Your Garden From Seed”  on February 11, in room 256 at Colorado Technical University. Why start your garden from seed? You’ll have more varieties to choose from than from nursery selections. You’ll have healthy seedlings, ready when you want them. Best of all, you’ll have the satisfaction of starting your garden from the very first step. Some seeds can’t wait to grow, while others need some specific coaxing. We’ll learn about them all in this class on the ABCs of seed starting.

Leslie Holzmann started gardening at the tender age of three and has been at it ever since. In order to share her accumulated knowledge with others she became a Master Gardener in 2001, and volunteered for the next ten years. She’s lived in Black Forest since 1993, where she cultivates an extensive vegetable garden and a
small perennial border. She still shares what she’s learning on her gardening and birding blog:

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University,
4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “No-Lawn Landscapes”

No-Lawn-Landscape---Pat-SullivanPresented by Pat Sullivan, Smart Garden Design

Come get ideas and inspiration for the many ways to use the space now occupied by lawn.

What if you didn’t have a lawn? Watering restrictions have driven many homeowners to tear out their lawns
and replace them with rock. That seems such a shame, because you can do so many other things with that space that still saves water! You could create a landscape that invites you to enjoy it. Thinking about your pets or your children? There will be ideas for that, too. Topics will also include meditation/exercise spaces, entertaining areas, really impact, and artificial turf pro’s & cons.

Pat Sullivan has a degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M, and has been in the industry since the 1970’s. She has been a garden designer in Colorado Springs for over ten years, and has a landscape design course for homeowners given in the spring.

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University,
4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

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

HAS Demonstration Garden Receives All-America Selections Award!

AAS_logo.jpgGreat news! The Demonstration Garden at Monument Valley Park has won First Place for landscape design by the All-America Selections organization, a non-profit, formed in 1932, that promotes plants that work well all across the country.

The garden is manned by volunteers, and we support the garden with fund raising to enhance the garden in a myriad of ways, and to support one full time gardener – Peg Kohl. Thanks to her, we are seeing a garden, one in existence for 50 years, come alive again. Paths are being refreshed, dead wood removed, and care and maintenance of the existing plants being improved. An exciting new development is the addition of a lupine path, made possible by the donation of 400+ lupines from Britton Nursery. Gardens aren’t made or even improved in a day, but the first place nod from the All America Selections is an indication that we can hold our heads high with pride in our oasis in the city.

See Peg’s original photo montage for the contest entry (a 3.5 MB pdf file):

Other coverage of this award:
All-America Selection’s page of contest winners:

KOAA story (video) –,13

Slide show of the garden at KRCC’s site: