“Great American Rake-off — November 14”

November 16, 2017

Our great crew of volunteers turned out for the “Great American Rake-off”! We raked the Demonstration Garden and bagged the leaves. Some of those bags will be used as a “cold frame”. By placing those bags around the outside of grouped pots, and placing them on top of the pots at times of extreme cold, we will keep potted items over the winter, and have them ready for our “Dug and Donated” section of the Annual Plant Sale.

Some of those bags we will leave open and keep moist so that in a couple of years (the long time frame is due to the presence of cottonwood and oak leaves, which have a lot of lignin and take longer to break down) we will have leaf mold.

The rest of the bags will be recycled into mulch. Viva the leaf – and our wonderful volunteers!

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H.A.S. Silent Auction, Annual Meeting, and Dinner

November 14, 2017

Saturday, November 11
Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola, Colorado Springs

The H.A.S. annual membership meeting on November 11 hosted a convivial group of gardeners and supporters. The silent auction raised more than $1000 for garden improvements in Monument Valley Park.

The auction was followed by the annual meeting where we heard about accomplishments for 2017. Volunteer of the Year award was given to Louise Conner and the Henry Cannell award was given to Chella DiMenza.

Following dinner, professional gardener Kim Gravestock gave a detailed presentation providing “Planning and Maintenance Tips for Great Gardens.”


H.A.S. Dedicates Lorelei Statue in Heritage Garden

September 20, 2017

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We saw a wonderful turnout at our Lorelei dedication on September 9, 2017, as part of the Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival. H.A.S. President Chella DiMenza introduced special guests including Matt Mayberry, Director of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and Kathy Honea of the Van Briggle Pottery Association. We had beautiful weather, visited with a lot of people, and enjoyed lemonade and a special cake to celebrate this beautiful addition to the Heritage Garden.

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HAS Announces Sale of Fall Bulbs September 9th

July 26, 2017

 

H.A.S. will offer bulbs for sale in the Heritage Garden, concurrent with the Van Briggle Pottery Festival and dedication of the Lorelei sculpture on September 9, 2017. Come and enjoy the festival, the dedication, refreshments, guided tour of the garden, and support the HAS and the gardens with your purchase of exceptional bulbs for your home and garden. Dedication of the new Lorelei sculpture in the Thyme Garden of the Heritage Garden is scheduled for 12:00-12:30pm with speakers and refreshments on offer.


HAS 2017 Gigantic Annual Plant Sale a Gigantic Success!

May 31, 2017

The Gigantic Annual Plant Sale is THE major fundraiser for the Horticultural Art Society. We maintain three public gardens in historic Monument Valley Park with the proceeds from the sale.

This year the weather gave us a run in the rain, cold, and wind. Our volunteers were fantastic getting plants into shelter and out again and our customers didn’t let us down, shopping in the cold and wind. Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone, for our most successful sale in recent years!

See you all next year, the weekend after Mother’s Day.

Click here for our preliminary list of plants: 2017 Master List for publishing


Exciting Plants That Will Thrive in Your Garden!

May 5, 2017
East Library, 5550 North Union Blvd.
Tuesday, May 9th, 6-8pm
Free to Everyone
Join us as Pam Hamamoto, Allen Johnson and Diane Brunjes share their knowledge about the best shrubs, vines, and perennials that will thrive in your garden and bring beauty, joy, wildlife, movement, color, and fragrance to your garden.

2017 Founders Day Lecture

May 5, 2017

Creating Gardens that Pay the Rent All Year
Using Natives, Rock Gardens
and Unexpected Plants

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We are extremely proud to announce our speaker for the Founders Day Lecture, Mike Kintgen. Mike is the Curator of Alpine Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens where he oversees the Alpine Collection and eight gardens including the Rock Alpine Garden, and South African Plaza.

WE ARE “SOLD OUT” for 2017 Founders Day Lecture.

Mike has worked full-time at Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) since late 2004, but has volunteered and helped out since the mid 1990’s. In 2012 he finished a two-year project to have DBG’s collection of alpines recognized in the North American Plant Collection Consortium through the American Public Gardemike-kintgenns Association. He interned at both at Chicago Botanic Gardens and at Rhododendron Species Foundation under Steve Hootman. He has been a member of NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society) since 1993 (age 12) and is a former president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NARGS. Travel opportunities since a young age have allowed him to observe alpines in Alaska, Hawaii, Argentina, Morocco, Spain, the Alps, and throughout the American West.

Mike began gardening at a young age with a specific interest in alpine and rock garden plants.  Anything with chlorophyll attracts his attention but especially cushions and buns, along with the genera Eriogonum, Penstemon, Phlox, Saxifraga, Dianthus, Gentiana and Androsace.  He currently gardens in both Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The two different climates allow him to experiment with a wide range of plant material.

Mike is a popular speaker in areas around Colorado and the U.S. on the topic of rock gardening, and botanic travel. He has lectured as far away as Sweden, Germany and Argentina on Denver Botanic Gardens and its current focus on steppe and high-elevation floras found in semi-arid regions around the world.

He is currently working on a masters degree in Alpine Ecology at Regis University in Denver, CO.