Bee Hotels — What’s all the buzz about?

HAS Class on the topic of pollinator “hotels” for your garden

Speaker: Terry James
Dates:  Monday, June 24  and  Wednesday, June 26
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Private Residence

Cost: $10 non-members

Members: FREE — please RSVP

RSVP FORM:  click here
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE PER CLASS. If there is enough interest we will keep a wait-list

This is an opportunity to hear the details that go into the design, management, and maintenance of pollinator insects’ boxes for a home-garden setting.  The type of nesting materials used will determine which beneficial pollinators will inhabit the “bee hotel”.

The presentation will discuss where to find different nesting materials and will emphasize what is best used to attract and shelter solitary bees. These man-made habitats are meant to be both functional and small works of art in the garden.

Terry and her husband moved to Colorado Springs in 2003. Over the last 15 years, her garden has evolved into a landscape of deer-resistant ground covers and cold hardy succulents. Terry’s first bee hotel was made for her garden in 2014 and their construction and design has been an on-going hobby since that time.

New–HAS Children’s Garden!

HAS’ newest garden will be for the enjoyment of children and their families who visit Monument Valley Park. A small, underutilized area between the HAS Demonstration Garden and the historic Caretaker’s Cottage will be the location for the HAS Children’s Garden.

With the help of a generous grant from Colorado Garden Foundations, work began in March 2019 for a number of additions to the area that will become the Children’s Garden including whimsical metal fencing, pollinators’ house, pathway, and low stone walls. Small planting beds will display a Colorado garden, veggie & herb garden, pollinator garden, and texture/color garden. With the help of a grant from Friends of Extension, informational signage will complete the garden.

You are cordially invited to share in the establishment of the Children’s Garden with your donation of funds in any amount. On-site donor recognition is available at the following levels:
$100-$249 The Wetlands, $250-$499 The Grasslands, $500-$999 The Woodlands, $1000+ The Sun, Moon and Stars.

Click here to donate to the Children’s Garden.

You are invited to see work in progress this summer, attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden planned for September 9, 2019, and to visit the garden (with or without children) any time free of charge.

HAS Seminar: Medicinal Herbs: Nature’s Pharmacy

Join HAS and Susan Whale for an introduction to herbal medicine and the bounty of medicine in your backyard. Find out which plants are safe to wild craft and which plants are on the endangered species list. Sue will share with us some of her favorite recipes and resources to help grow our own personal knowledge of plant medicine.

Speaker: Susan Whale
Saturday, February 23, 2019

1:00-3:00 pm
Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive 80919

Cost: $10 non-members
Members: FREE — please RSVP

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Susan Whale is a graduate student at Maryland University of Integrative Health, studying Therapeutic Herbalism with a focus in Product Design. She is also studying aromatherapy at The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. She currently makes plant medicine as a hobby for her family and friends.

HAS Looks Forward to 2019

We have some wonderful events, education, and garden projects planned for this year.

This past fall, HAS submitted a request for funding and succeeded in being awarded a substantial grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation. Our project: a children’s garden tucked in between the Demonstration Garden and the Cottage. We’re planning a number of additions to the area including a bench, raised beds, pollinators’ house, paths, and ornamental metal fencing all in a playful, creative format for children and families. The completion date will be Fall 2019.

A second project, if approved by HAS Trustees and City Parks, is a crevice garden inspired by the Garden of the Gods and designed by Zdenek Zvolanek. We’re at the earliest stage of developing a scope of work. If the project goes ahead it will be located in the northeast corner of the Heritage Garden and would be completed in 2020. Plans include having Zdenek on-site for three crucial weeks of construction in the Spring 2020.

Both projects will make significant additions to the HAS gardens and will require significant resources for completion. Several funding sources are being approached and HAS members will also be invited to be part of these projects. Your donations will be critical to the success of these projects. Stay tuned!

Spring’s Glory — Bulb Class — October 23

Tuesday, October 23
HAS Cottage, 224 Mesa Road, Monument Valley Park

Join us for “Spring’s Glory – Planting Bulbs Now for Color and Fragrance.” Cost of class is $10 (members and non-members) and includes potting of 5 bulbs (your choice.) We have a small selection of decorative plastic pots for 1st arrivals, and plain nursery pots after. Or bring your favorite decorative pot (with drainage hole!) and bring the beauty of blooming bulbs to your home. Pots should be at least 6″ deep and 8-10″ wide (up to 12″).

The class will be about 75 minutes of the how-to of planting, potting and designing with bulbs. After the class, we will go outside to the patio, so be sure to dress for the whatever weather Mother Nature throws at us, and we will pot up our bulbs that you will take home for that wonderful burst of Spring later this winter. Bulbs will be available for sale as well. Cash or check is preferred; credit card accepted. Seating is limited, so sign up today by sending an email to or call 719-357-9427 and leave a message.