May 15, 2021
Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs
Submitted by Louise Connor
As gardeners, we get excited in the springtime when the first flowers burst into color and there’s something special about the fresh green color of new leaves. We clean up debris from the winter and think about what we need to fill in empty spots in our flower gardens. And there are lots of plants on offer this time of year.
The Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs (HAS) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that takes care of the public gardens in historic Monument Valley Park near downtown Colorado Springs. To support the Demonstration and Heritage Gardens, we offer a public plant sale in the spring. All proceeds from the sales support the plantings, supplies and equipment needed to keep them in good shape. HAS receives no funding from the City or County.
Both last year and this year, we’ve had to change how we run our sales due to Covid-19. Instead of holding the sales in the Demonstration Garden, we’ve been able to use the private back yard of the historic Park Caretaker’s Cottage. This smaller area allows us to control the size of crowds and a more easy-going atmosphere has resulted. We trimmed back our usual order of Colorado-grown plants and spaced out our sale over eight days instead of the traditional three days.
At this point, we have two remaining sales: May 14-15 and May 21-22 (Friday-Saturdays) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (the address is 224 Mesa Road) near Cache Lapoudre Street and Glen Avenue. The next two sales will bring an abundance of hardy and hard-to-find perennial plants plus a large variety of locally-grown tomatoes and peppers. You can support HAS and enhance your garden at the same time!
Visit our website at www.hasgardens.org/plant-sale to find a list of plants that will be featured.