August 28, 2019
Colorado gardening is not just about sunny gardens. If you plant trees or already have them you probably have shade spaces. Exposure direction and structures also create shade. While evaluating light is one of the most difficult gardening tasks, choosing plants based on light requirements can be equally daunting. Learn how to make good selections, and why sometimes it just is trial and error. Freddie Bogardus will show you some of her successes and some of her failures. We can all learn together.
Speaker: Freddie Bogardus
Lecture: Wednesday, August 28th
Time: 10:30-12:00 noon
Location: Private residence – you will receive an email with address prior to the lecture.
Outdoor setting for Gigantic Plant Sale
Thanks to everyone who was able to support the public gardens with their purchases at the plant sale! The turnout was so large on Friday, we were SOLD OUT by the end of Saturday! No sale on Sunday!
The single most exciting and most important event of the year is the Gigantic Annual Plant Sale on May 17, 18 and 19. HAS receives no funding from the City or County to maintain and improve the three public gardens in Monument Valley Park. All the proceeds from the plant sale support the gardens.
Please visit our Plant Sale page for full details and come to the sale!
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.
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.