HAS Happenings

July 14, 2016

HAS Fall Bulb Fundraiser & WES Van Briggle Festival and Tour – Sept. 10, 2016

HAS September Lecture – Sept. 17, 2016

How to Take Great Garden Photos

July 13, 2016

leslie holzmann hummingbird pic

HAS Fall Lecture
Saturday, September 17th, 10am
How to Take Great Garden Photos
Lecturer:  Leslie Holzmann
Location: 1004 Glen Avenue 
City Horticultural & Education Building
(next to HAS Demonstration Garden)
Non-Members $10;  Members Free

Leslie Holzmann planted her first seeds at age three and took her first pictures at age five. The seeds grew into armfuls of sweet peas—still her favorite flowers, with their heady fragrance—and those early photos, of a month-long trip to Mexico,  are safely tucked into the first of many albums. Growing up with a love of both gardening and photography, it was inevitable that she’d eventually combine these passions into thousands of photos of flowers, as well as birds, 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.

FREE – 2016 Gigantic Annual Plant Sale

May 7, 2016



Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to shop for horticultural delights at the Horticultural Art Society (HAS) Gigantic Sprint Plant Sale.  The sale is in the beautiful HAS Demonstration garden near Monument Valley Park.

Shop the HAS Gigantic Annual Spring Plant Sale May 13, 14, 15th

Our friendly, knowledgeable and passionate gardeners will help you find those unique and fabulous plants suited for your specific garden needs.

Held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the sale takes place in the Horticultural Art Society’s Demonstration Garden next to Monument Valley Park  (222 Mesa Rd. and Glen Ave) I-25 to Unitah (exit 143) – Head EAST – First Right @ Glen Ave – 1/2 mile to the Garden – Corner of Mesa and Glen.


The 2016 sale dates are

Friday, May 13 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The sale offers a huge variety of shrubs, vines, grasses, succulents, rock garden, and perennials suitable to our area, including Plant Select selections, many native plants, and a terrific selection of xeric varieties. Additionally, you can pick from a terrific selection of interesting and unusual organic vegetable and herb plants for your kitchen and perennial beds.

2016 Partial Plant Availability List –    All items limited availability. Come to the Sale to see what else we will have.

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.

Dug and Donated:

Now’s the time! Don’t forget to scan your garden and garage to find treasures to sell at the HAS Gigantic Annual Plant Sale.  Your donations help build community, fun and funds!  Drop them off to the Demonstration garden on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s from 9-12 or Wednesday or Thursday, May 10 and 11th or even on the Friday of the sale.  If you can, please put the name somewhere on the plant – but this is not required, by any means.  Please make sure to allow at least several weeks for them to root.  So time is of the essence for plants, although clearing out your garage can be a last minute process – the way it is for almost everyone!

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email hasgardens@gmail.com or call 719-357-9427.

Garden Must-Haves: Veggies, Shrubs and Perennials for Every Garden

April 24, 2016

We are offering two FREE classes at the East Library on:

  • Saturday, April 30, 10:00 – noon, 
  • Tuesday, May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm,

A look at the unique plants available at the HAS Gigantic Annual Spring Sale May 13-15. Each class will review the top plants in the categories of Vegetables, Perennials, & Shrubs & Grasses.    The same material will be presented at both classes, pick the class that best fits your schedule. As you are planning your gardens and using your notes from the Founders Day and Plant Sale lectures, shop the sale to find those distinctive and special plants suited for your gardens. P.S. We will have Free seed packets at the classes.


2016 Plant Sale lecture announcment

2016 Founders Day Lecture

January 31, 2016


Meet Audubon Rockies Habitat Hero Program CoordinatorJamie Weiss 

Jamie Weiss is the Habitat Heroes Coordinator for Audubon Rockies based out of the regional office in Fort Collins.  Habitat Heroes are people who practice a form of landscape stewardship, called ‘wildscaping’ – landscaping designed to attract and benefit birds, pollinators and other wildlife, large and small that help create bird-friendly communities.  Whether the landscape you tend to is a residential yard, a few pots on a balcony, a public park or schoolyard garden, Habitat Heroes believe in growing a healthy community.  By combating the loss of open spaces and creating green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife we can feel good about doing something positive for ourselves, the environment and our wild friends.

Along with her Bachelor degree in Marine Biology and Chemistry from University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jamie is a Certified Interpretive Guide as appointed by the National Association of Interpretation.  Jamie previously worked at Boyd Lake State Park and the Georgia Aquarium as an Educational Interpreter, providing families and individuals of all ages an awareness of conservation.  When not working, she is often leading an active lifestyle trying to keep up with her deaf Border Collie and Golden Retriever.  She enjoys working in her own garden, hiking, particularly “14ers”, camping, horseback riding, snowboarding, and is an avid fan of long distance running.  Jamie is excited to be a part of the Audubon Rockies team, “to help bring conservation home, one garden at a time!”

2015 Annual Members’ Meeting & Dinner, and 7th Annual Silent Auction

October 4, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 5:30 p.m.Patty Jewett Golf Club & Clubhouse

  • Take a peek HERE of the 2015 auction donations.  Thank you every one for the donations.  Keep them coming. 

Registration for 2015 Silent Auction and Dinner

  • Please RSVP by Thursday, November 11, 2015
  • Include names of each attendee in comments section – they will be used to create your name tag(s).
  • Cost:  $28.00 per attendee  –  (HAS is subsidizing $10 a plate)
  • Click buttons below to register and pay online using your credit card or paypal – You will be directed to a Paypal page, but
  • NO PayPal account is needed! Just follow the instructions after “Don’t have a PayPal account?”

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  • If you prefer to pay by check or credit card at the door, please RSVP to hasgardens@gmail.com OR leave a message at 719-357-9427.  Please remember HAS must pay for all RSVP dinners.

We are honored to have our very own Diane Brunjes, as our speaker.  She will be covering “A year in the Garden and 15 Plants – Exciting New Plants to Dream About.” Diane will show us some of the exciting things that have been happening in the gardens over the past year, and introduce us to an assortment of plants that can and should be in every garden.

Silent Auction  – take a peek HERE 
Our Silent Auction always has fun, quirky, functional, beautiful, hand-made, artisanal, and relevant items for members and patrons of Patty Jewett alike. Looking forward to you joining us this year for our 2015 Annual Auction, Meeting and Dinner.

If you have items to donate to support the Silent Auction:

  • Drop off at the HAS Demonstration Garden, 222 Mesa and Glen Avenue (east of Uintah, just behind the Fine Arts Building.)
  • On Tuesday or Thursday, 9-11:00 a.m., or
  • Email hasgardens@gmail.com or call 719-357-9427 to coordinate with Diane for a different drop off time. 
  • Arrangements can be made for pick up of your donations.

Annual Dinner
We will again augment dinner cost for all attendees.

  • Where:  Patty Jewett Golf Course & Clubhouse  900 E. Espanola St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
  • When:   Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • Time:    Social Hour: 5:30 p.m., cash bar – Meeting: 6:30 p.m. – Dinner: 7:00 p.m. –

Registration for 2015 Silent Auction and Dinner

  • Please RSVP by Thursday, November 11, 2015
  • Include names of each attendee in comments section – they will be used to create your name tag(s).
  • Cost:  $28.00 per attendee  –  (HAS is subsidizing $10 a plate)
  • Click buttons below to register and pay online using your credit card or paypal – You will be directed to a Paypal page, but
  • NO PayPal account is needed! Just follow the instructions after “Don’t have a PayPal account?”

dinner_single        dinner_couple

  • If you prefer to pay by check or credit card at the door, please RSVP to hasgardens@gmail.com OR leave a message at 719-357-9427.  Please remember HAS must pay for all RSVP dinners.

P.S. Annual dinner survey in 2014 results overwhelming voted to keep our Annual Meeting & Dinner at Patty Jewett.

Again, Thank you for your donations and support, the Silent Auction continues to allow the Horticultural Art Society to help fund this event.

Sept. 8, 2015: Lecture Series – “DOG FRIENDLY GARDENS” – Ideas for Peaceful Coexistence

August 23, 2015

Sept. 8, 2015 at Library 21C7pm – FREE and Open to Public

Do you have a dog who is an escape artist?  A digger?  Is he lounging in the water feature or chewing up the deck?  Barking too aggressively at the fence and annoying the neighbors?  Ever wonder why the pooch is doing these things and what you can do about it?  Come to this class and learn things you might never have realized about your beloved pup, and get ideas on how to reduce these behaviors through a few garden adjustments or additions.  Lawn spots?  We will cover that too, as well as toxic plants and dangerous items your pet may get into.  Linda Brennen, of Canine Coach, will be co-teaching this class with Pat Sullivan of Smart Garden Design.  Linda is a certified professional dog trainer who really understands dog behavior and can clue you in on why your dog does those crazy things that drive you mad.  This is a great chance to talk with a dog trainer or a garden designer with your questions.  Come on out–you can’t ask questions on YouTube!

Pat Sullivan has a degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M and has been in the horticulture field for more than thirty years.  She enjoys giving seminars on landscape design and plant science, hoping to help you solve your garden dilemmas in a beautiful way.

Linda Brennen , CPDT,  is a certified professional dog trainer with more than twenty years’ experience training dogs.  Her business is Canine Coach, Inc., and you can find her on FaceBook.  Why does your dog want to jump up on visitors?  Linda can tell you…


Directions to Library 21C