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.

 


Rose Pruning 101

March 29, 2017

Join Us!
Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 9-12
Demonstration Garden
Free to Everyone!

The Pikes Peak Rose Society and Master Rosarians will be pruning the roses in the Demonstration Garden.  Be sure to join us to see exactly how the process works, by experts in the field. They will also have handouts detailing how you can apply the same tried-and-true techniques to roses in your own garden.

Garden Design Workshop

January 1, 2017

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H.A.S. invites you to a 3-part Garden Design Workshop
with Priscilla Marbaker

Whether your garden is new or old, still in the planning stage or in need of renovation, this Garden Design Workshop can be just what you need. This is a great opportunity to design a new garden or reinvigorate your existing garden. Noted landscape architect Priscilla Marbaker will provide you the tools and knowledge to consider your garden’s structure and materials to best fit your lifestyle. While the role of plants will be discussed, this is not a planting design series.

Some of the questions addressed in Session 1: What makes a garden unique to the individual or family? What makes a garden enjoyable? What do I want? What do I have? Where do I start?

In Session 2 we will ask: What makes a garden interesting? What makes a garden have presence? What makes the garden a living part of our home?

And in Session 3: What hardscape materials should I consider? What plants should I consider? How will I water this new garden? What resources are available to me?

Each lecture/class will build upon the previous. To get the most out of it plan to attend all three! There will be homework on your own garden so plan to spend a bit of time outside of class and really dig into it!

Workshop Dates: 

  • Monday, February 13, 2017
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
  • Monday, March 20, 2017

Time:

  • 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Address:

  • Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library
  • 20 North Cascade, Colorado Springs
  • Metered parking free after 6:00pm

Priscilla Marbaker designed the framework for the HAS Heritage Garden as well as the thyme garden stairs and walls, arbor and gazebo. Tapis Associates’ designs can also be seen at the North Nevada Streetscape at University Village, the Red Rock Canyon, Ute Valley and Manitou Incline Open Spaces, the Uintah Street Bridge at Monument Valley Park, the Casa Verde Commons Co-Housing, numerous private gardens, and soon the ENT Center for the Performing Arts at UCCS. Priscilla is licensed landscape architect with over 30 years experience and a LEED-AP certified professional. She has been an HAS member since arriving to Colorado Springs in 1995. To find out more, please visit http://www.tapisassociates.com


Lorelei Sculpture Project

December 2, 2016

larrytArtist: Larry Terrafranca
Stone: Indiana limestone
Location: Heritage Garden (to be installed in the formal, brick-walled parterre known as Thyme Garden)
Completion Date: February 2017

Larry is busy in his Colorado Springs studio finishing his larger-than-life-size sculpture of the famous Van Briggle Lorelei Vase using the point method. Working from his clay model, he uses an arrangement of adjustable metal arms and pointer which can be set to the position of any point on the model’s surface, then use it to locate the corresponding point of the stone sculpture. We’re working with the City Parks department to install an old-fashioned metal fence around the sculpture once it’s installed. We are still accepting donations to fund Larry’s work.


2016 Annual Members’ Meeting & Dinner, and 8th Annual Silent Auction

November 29, 2016

On Saturday evening, November 12, at Patty Jewett Clubhouse in Colorado Springs, a convivial group of HAS members and guests enjoyed  the HAS annual meeting and silent auction.

We were honored to have Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist from Colorado Springs Utilities, as our speaker. In her presentation Catherine spoke of “Becoming Stewards of our Precious Water Resources, Landscape and Gardens.” She showed us how a water garden was designed and installed to manage rainwater at the Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on Mesa Road.

Our Silent Auction offered a wonderful selection of fabulous home- and garden-related items and we raised $1400 for enhancing the public gardens we maintain in Monument Valley Park. Thanks to everyone who participated for your donations and support.

Two members were elected to the board of directors: Mari Benzin and Nancy Taylor. Volunteer of the year for 2016 is Darcy Nelson and winner of the Henry Cannell Award is Louise Conner.