Vegetable Garden Update


by  Erin Eisen, HAS Trustee

Volunteers remove plants from the old garden

Photo Credit: Kathy Brown

We are making excellent progress on the Vegetable Garden!  On July 7th, the Board approved moving ahead with the project. The Veg Garden committee met with our contractor and finalized measurements and details, including the approval of the prototype for the raised garden beds.

On July 19th thru the 21st several volunteers removed plants from the old garden and potted them up to replant in the new garden, as well as removing weeds and shoring up the grapevine. Daniel and his crew from Parks and Rec spent three hours scraping and leveling the area and relocating the soil for us to re-use.

The second phase of the project, the fencing and trellis, is underway, and we are awaiting the prototype for the first fence panel (a combination of wire fencing and hardware wire for rabbit deterrence). The west side of the garden with the grape trellis will be the last part of phase two of the project. Our contractor has been wonderful to work with and we thank all of you who have been contributing ideas and physical labor to the project!

One of the raised beds for the renovated vegetable garden

Photo Credit:  Sue Thomas

HAS 60th Anniversary Garden Tour 


by Erin Eisen, HAS Trustees
The HAS is excited to invite you to the most special garden tour that we have offered to date—a tour of OUR gardens in celebration of our 60th Anniversary!  Come and join us as we celebrate the history of the HAS and its place in the greater history of Colorado Springs. Learn how our gardens have changed over the years, and what our goals for the gardens are now. Familiarize yourself with the native plants that we have on display, and take home ideas for your own garden beds. As if that wasn’t enough, we will have some lovely music performed by the Colorado Springs Saxophone Quartet, and harpist Marta Taylor, as well as refreshments. Kids also will have some activities, with participation prizes to take home. So come help us celebrate, and bring your family and friends. Our public gardens are for everyone!

The HAS Demonstration Garden in 1965

This is a big event, and we would like to have the gardens looking tip-top. We know that summer is a busy time for traveling and visiting family and friends—but if you could spare some time to help us, we would greatly appreciate it!

To those who are considering volunteering in our gardens, please fill out the volunteer form found at our website ( We are not requiring masks while working outside in the gardens, but feel free to wear one if you choose.  If you are not feeling well, please take the time to care for yourself first, then join us when you have recovered. We promise we won’t run out of chores to do in the garden!

“Gardening with Native Plants to Benefit Pollinators and Songbirds”



Presented by David Salman
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Where: Carriage House at Glen Eyrie, 3820 N. 30th St. Colorado Springs

When Saturday, April 2, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm

HAS members:  $12 in person or live stream, payable through the Eventbrite link (deadline: March 31, 9:00pm)

Non-members: $25 in person or live stream, payable through the Eventbrite link (deadline: March 31, 9:00pm)

The HAS is excited to host David Salman at Glen Eyrie Conference Center to celebrate our 60th Anniversary! David will discuss how native plants are integral to a healthy urban/suburban ecosystem that supports pollinating insects, hummingbirds and songbirds. He will also talk about the basic design principles for planting as well as which native woody plants, perennials and ornamental grasses to plant in the Colorado Springs area.

David is a 1979 graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Horticultural Science. He is the founder of Santa Fe Greenhouses (1984-2012) and the High Country Gardens mail order catalog (1993-present). He is currently Chief Horticulturist of High Country Gardens online ornamental plant catalog and owner of Waterwise Gardening LLC, a small wholesale greenhouse and ornamental plant breeding business.

Through thirty-plus years of hands-on experience, David has acquired expertise in a wide range of horticultural endeavors including greenhouse production, perennial propagation, ornamental plant seed production, rock gardening, commercial tree farming, and xeric landscaping. 

David is a specialist, propagating and growing water-wise native and Old World plants and devoting much of his time to the breeding and improvement of water-wise, ornamental plants for the Great Plains and Intermountain West. He has been a leading spokesperson/advocate of xeriscaping (water-wise landscaping), use of native plants and planting to feed pollinators through habitat-focused gardening.

Important Event/Ticket Information—Please Note: If you prefer not to attend in person, there will be a livestream option on Eventbrite (same price as in-person tickets). After you purchase your ticket, we will send you the link on April 1st.

All tickets must be prepaid online, and you will need to show your tickets at the door. We have a limit of 100 in-person tickets and 100 online livestream tickets, so it is recommended that you purchase yours ASAP.

  • Individual HAS Memberships are limited to 1 member and 1 guest (non-member) ticket for purchase.
  • Family, Patron & Lifetime HAS Members are limited to 2 member and 1 guest (non-member) ticket.
  • Non-members may purchase single tickets to the event.

Tickets are non-refundable.

“Purchase your Tickets from Eventbrite Here”

Glen Eyrie will be offering water as a beverage. You can come early and purchase coffee or tea in their coffee shop located in the Carriage House (coffee shop opens at 9:00am).

HAS Annual Meeting, Luncheon and Silent Auction


Where: The Patty Jewett Golf Course Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St.
When:  November 6, 2021 from 11:30am-2:00pm
Who: This is an HAS members (+guests) only event. To become an HAS member or to renew your membership online, please visit online now!  RSVP is needed by October 24th(see button below).
Cost:  Lunch price is $20 per person. You can pay via the Paypal button below (you don’t have to be registered with Paypal, BTW), or at the event.

The Annual Meeting, Silent Auction, and Luncheon has returned to Patty Jewett this year!  Come join us for some lunch and a review of HAS’s accomplishments this year (and it’s been quite a year). Lunch will be salads and a sandwich bar, along with dessert and beverages.

Note: We will not have an open bar this year.

 We do support compliance with CDC/state/local guidelines for indoor gatherings: both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.  As was stated in a recent NARGS mailer, “accommodating another’s caution is always in style”.  In the event that things change, we will shift our event to a Zoom meeting and refund your lunch payments.

We are accepting donations for our Silent Auction!  If you have something that you think will enhance our fundraiser, you can drop it off during our Tuesday/Thursday Demo Garden volunteer hours (October 19, 21, 26 & 28 between 9:00am-12:00pm).

Use the buttons below to Register and Pay for the Annual Meeting:

P.S. Please remember the HAS has to pay for all RSVP’s!

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Annual Meeting Speaker:
Valerie Belding, owner of Sunset Greenhouse

“Bedding Plant Selection for Sunset Greenhouse”

We are fortunate to have Valerie Belding as our speaker this year. Valerie Belding sprouted in the greenhouse industry in 1976 when her dad, Don Phelan, bought Sunset Greenhouse. In 1981 her father founded Phelan Gardens where she worked part-time as a teenager and eventually developed her career learning about all the aspects of the business from plants to garden center to cash register protocol. She has been in the horticultural field 37 years.

Seven years ago, she bought Sunset Greenhouse from her siblings Mark Phelan and Monica Phelan, and maintains the bedding plant business with the same standards and protocols as in 1976.

She currently lives outside Woodland Park with her husband and kids and has found a balance of enjoying life, raising kids and running a business! Hiking the trails of Colorado, she’s developed a deep appreciation for native plants, their adaptability to extreme conditions and survival in various climates, especially in Colorado. Valerie offers a unique insight into the horticultural field, and she will share how she develops her product line as it’s persuaded by plant breeders, influenced by marketers, and inspired by customers, not to mention what fits her own growing criteria!

We are truly grateful for your donations whether it’s your time, materials or funds.

We are accepting donations for our Silent Auction!  If you have something that you think will enhance our fundraiser, you can drop it off during our Tuesday/Thursday Demo Garden volunteer hours (October 19, 21, 26 & 28 between 9:00am-12:00pm).

Founder’s Day Recap:Contribute to the “Web of Life”  — Plant Natives 

by Pam Hamamoto, HAS Member

Photo Credit:   René Bittner from Pixabay 

The Founders’ Day Lecture held April 2nd at General Palmer’s Glen Eyrie estate, was no snooze. David Salman, known to a lot of us for his many contributions to horticulture in the West, talked on “Gardening with Native Plants to Benefit Pollinators and Songbirds”. Pollinators often rely on natives for their sustenance, but Salman stressed that some of the plant introductions he has made to our market over the years (non-natives) have been natural offspring of natives and do support the pollinators and thus the songbirds that depend on them to feed their young. 
The pollinators and birds that we so enjoy in our gardens need water, shelter, space and a diversity of food–the flowers that provide nectar, pollen and small insects to munch for the entire season. Salman said that we are planting to attract the beneficial insects and that systemic pesticides, especially the neonicotinoids, poison the pollinators. A healthy, living soil grows better and more resilient plants.

The time for us to make a significant contribution to help in the “Web of Life” is now, through our gardens. Pesticides kill bugs. Bugs are a very important part of the garden ecosystem. And Salman did get passionate about healthy soil, healthy bugs and healthy plants. The soil needs help, but don’t dig up your plant, rework (dig) the soil, and replace the plant. That harms the microscopic arthropods and beneficial fungi that improve your soil. Put your organic additions on top and let them work into the soil. It may not be fast but it will be effective.

One of the sources that was mentioned multiple times was ‘Nature’s Best Hope’ by Doug Tallamy. High Country Gardens, a source of plants and information that many of us use, was started and nurtured by David Salman. He is currently the chief Horticulturist for High Country Gardens and the owner of Waterwise Gardening, LLC, where he breeds and propagates waterwise plants. 

Many of the plants, trees to shrubs to herbaceous perennials, that Salman picked out for his presentation are available at the HAS Gigantic Plant Sale this year. Some of them are: Pawnee Buttes Sand Cherry, Cheyenne Mock Orange, Kannah Creek Buckwheat, Fernbush, Salvia Pachyphylla, Rabbit Brush, Giant Sacaton grass, Claret Cup cactus, Banana Yucca, Penstemons, Evening Primrose, Wild Four O’Clocks, Beebalms, Purple Prairie Clover, Agastaches, Salvias, Goldenrod, and Zauschneria.