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: http://www.mountain-plover.com

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!

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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 hasgardensphotocontest@gmail.com

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

Questions?

More specific contest details can be found here: details.pdf

Entry form can be found here: entryform.doc

Email any other questions to hasgardensphotocontest@gmail.com

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.
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See Peg’s original photo montage for the contest entry (a 3.5 MB pdf file): https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B87N92rQbqPiclJNV09abU95amc

Other coverage of this award:
All-America Selection’s page of contest winners: www.all-americaselections.org/display_gardens/contest.cfm

KOAA story (video) – www.koaa.com/videoplayer/?video_id=14211&categories=12,13

Slide show of the garden at KRCC’s site: http://radiocoloradocollege.org/2012/10/idyll-at-the-demonstration-gardens/

Elsie Pope Memorial Feature for the HAS Demo Garden – Donations Being Accepted

We are working on a feature to be installed in the Horticultural Art Society Demonstration Garden in memory of Elsie Pope. Details are not finalized yet, but we’re pretty sure it will involve some special artwork and, of course, beautiful plants.

For those who would like to support this feature with a contribution, click the “Donate” button to do so using a credit card. (No Paypal account is needed! Just follow the instructions after “Don’t have a Paypal account?”)

Be sure to mention your donation is for the Elsie Pope memorial in the special instructions message field.

Checks can also be mailed to HAS, P.O. Box 7706, Colorado Springs, CO 80933.

Thank you!