HAS Gigantic Plant Sale — May 18, 19, 20, 2018

The HAS 2018 plant sale — the city’s oldest and largest — will again be held in the beautiful HAS Demonstration Garden (222 Mesa Road) in the City of Colorado Springs Monument Valley Park (see directions below) near Colorado College and downtown Colorado Springs.

The HAS plant sale offers a huge variety of perennial flowers suitable to our area including:

  • Plant Select selections,
  • native & xeric perennials,
  • hard-to-find shrubs & roses,
  • vines, grasses, and succulents,
  • groundcovers,
  • annual flowers,
  • organic vegetable plants, and
  • herb plants

All proceeds from the sale support the activities of the Horticultural Art Society, most importantly the care and upkeep of the Demonstration and Heritage Gardens. The HAS gardens receive no financial support from the City of Colorado Springs.

 

Outdoor setting for Gigantic Plant Sale

Outdoor setting for Gigantic Plant Sale

Held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the sale takes place in the Horticultural Art Society’s Demonstration Garden in Monument Valley Park  (222 Mesa Rd. and Glen Ave). Take I-25 to Uintah (exit 143) – Head EAST – turn at the first right @ Glen Ave – then 1/2 mile south through the park to the Garden – Corner of Mesa Road and Cache LaPoudre.

The 2018 sale dates will be:

Friday, May 18 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 19 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, May 20 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

No early-bird shopping. Gates open at 9 a.m. Best selection available on Friday & Saturday.

Dug and Donated section of the sale:

A special part of our Plant Sale is the “Dug and Donated” section with plants and gardening items from HAS gardens as well as donated by our members. Member donations help build community, fun and funds!

Here’s a tentative list of plants ordered for the Plant Sale. No guarantees; quantities are limited. Click on this link: 2018 Master Files Plant Sale

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2018 Founders Day Lecture

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 Seth

Kenton Seth

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.


Garden Design Lecture Series

Designing with Plants: Structure, Texture & Color

Presented by Diane Brunjes, HAS Gardener

 

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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.

 

“Great American Rake-off — November 14”

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!

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

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.”

HAS Offers Garden Photography Class

Saturday, October 11 at 10:00am

HAS Caretaker’s Cottage, 224 Mesa Road

Join us for a wonderful class by Leslie Holzmann, learning the tips and tricks for making the beauty of your garden and nature come alive in your photographs.

Growing up with a love of both gardening and photography, it was inevitable that Leslie would eventually combine these passions into thousands of photos of flowers, birds and other wildlife, and natural landscapes. As a Colorado Master Gardener from 2001 through 2011, Leslie provided photo resources for the program’s displays, articles, and presentations. You can now find her photos and articles on her gardening and nature blog and on her website, Mountain-Plover.com.
Reserve your seat now:    Seating is limited so please RSVP soon. Free to H.A.S. members; all others $10.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master!

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

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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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