HAS was happy to present an exciting, new event format: a lecture and garden tour/potluck. It was our pleasure to introduce HAS member and friend, Liz Burnett. Liz presented a lecture about her personal garden’s transformation that took several years of planning and implementation.
In 2011, Liz and her family settled in Colorado and bought a home in Colorado Springs. The property was well situated but the landscaping was minimal and mostly overgrown. Relying on her background in architecture coupled with her passion for design and love of gardens, she undertook a major upgrade and re-designed her landscaping.
After Liz’ illustrated lecture and hearing all about her trials, tribulations and triumphs, participants toured her gardens on a beautiful and warm summer evening, and enjoyed a delicious potluck supper with al fresco dining.
When: Tuesday, July 17 Potluck/Garden Tour
When: Thursday, July 19
Don’t miss the members-only plant sale! There are some wonderful perennials, tomatoes, and shrubs left from the Gigantic Annual Plant Sale that will be offered to members only on June 2, from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. in the backyard of the HAS Caretakers Cottage (224 Mesa Road, adjacent to the HAS Demonstration Garden). Prices will be half of what they were (with very few exceptions) at the Gigantic Plant Sale, so take advantage and fill those remaining spaces in your garden.
Not a member yet? Become a member on June 2nd! We would love to have you as a member. All members receive 10% of every hundred dollars they spend at the Plant Sale, free or reduced pricing for our lectures, the ability to attend our 2nd Sale where plants are greatly reduced, attendance at our social events, plus the pride of knowing you are supporting public gardens in our community.
As an added incentive to join us that day and to shop the 2nd Sale, we will be offering a certain group of plants for free! These are mostly vegetables or annuals. As a new or existing member, you receive one free plant just for attending the 2nd Sale. Then, with a donation, you can take home another from the rest of that group of plants.
So, free plants, reduced plants, and plants available by donation — this is a 2nd Sale not to be missed. Light snacks and beverages will be available. Come share the camaraderie with your fellow gardeners as we bask in the success of another Gigantic Annual Plant Sale! Thank you.
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,
organic vegetable plants, and
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
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
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.”