No Water and Loving It:
Techniques and strategies for
surprisingly lush gardens!
Presented by Kenton Seth
We were extremely pleased to welcome Kenton Seth, our speaker for the Founders Day Lecture. Kenton is a young native of Colorado, a plant aficionado, and native plant addict/hunter who who lives and plays in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Kenton currently owns Paintbrush Gardens, a dual specialty landscaping company which builds unirrigated native landscapes and crevice gardens for private and public spaces. Kenton also documents his adventures on kentonjseth.blogspot.com.
Thanks go to Diane Brunjes by everyone who attended the sessions in April on designing with plants. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and idea-inspiring experience. We all came away with ideas on planning our gardens and adding wonderful three-season, colorful trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Our great crew of volunteers turned out for the “Great American Rake-off”. We raked and bagged the leaves in the Demonstration Garden. Some of those bags will be used as a “cold frame” which will over winter our potted plants. We will place bags around the outside and over the top of grouped pots, and they will be ready for our “Dug and Donated” section of the Annual Plant Sale.
We will leave open some the bags of leaves and keep the leaves moist so that in a couple of years we will have leaf mold. 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. The rest of the bags of leaves will be recycled into mulch. Viva the leaf – and our wonderful volunteers!
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.”
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.
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.
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.