“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).

WATER YOUR TREES (and Shrubs and Perennials) 

  by Louise Conner, HAS Trustee

Photo Credit:  bluebudgie at Pixabay

 We can’t stress enough the need to water trees and shrubs when we’ve had so little snow this winter. The following information is from CPR News (cpr.org).Focus on the most vulnerable treesJim Klett, a horticulturist at Colorado State University, said not all trees face the same threat from drought and dry weather. Any trees planted within the last three years should be first in line for the hose, according to Klett. Evergreen trees should be watered next since their needles continue to demand water over the winter.”With all the foliage on them, they’re going to desiccate and dry out very quickly. So evergreens are even more critical than deciduous trees,” he said.Finally, he recommends watering any trees with shallow root systems like birches, maples, lindens, alders, hornbeams, dogwoods, willows and mountain ashes.Wait until the weather warms upKlett advises only watering trees when temperatures rise above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Mid-day watering will allow the moisture to soak into the roots before freezing temperatures at night.Provide the right amount of waterPay attention to the thickness of the trunk. When trying to figure out how much to water, Klett said to apply 10 gallons of water for every inch of trunk diameter. For example, a 3-inch tree would get about 30 gallons about every three weeks.It’s a mistake to pour all the water directly against the base of the trunk, Klett said. Instead, he recommends watering along the “drip line,” which is the area beneath a tree’s farthest-reaching branches.”You probably want to water there, because that’s where most of the feeder roots are for the tree,” he said.Mulch it goodKlett recommends applying mulch around trees to conserve soil moisture. If the ground gets dry enough to crack, the extra layer can also help protect tree roots from cold, dry air.
  Watering Shrubs and Perennials Much of this information comes from the Colorado Extension Service Fact Sheet:   http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/fall-and-winter-watering-7-211/Water when the temperature is 40 degrees or above. Water in mid-day so that water has a chance to soak into the ground before the temperature drops below freezing.

Shrubs, including roses, and fruiting varieties, need five gallons for a small shrub (less than three feet), and 18 gallons for a large shrub (more than six feet) on a monthly basis from October through March. If they are newly planted, increase to  twice monthly using these same amounts at each watering.

Perennials that have been planted in the fall have less time to establish than those planted in spring, so they could use a bit of water during warm dry winters.  Also water bulb plantings to be sure they do not dry out as they are trying to form roots.

Tis the season for giving!

Giving Tuesday is November 1st, and Colorado Gives Day is December 7th

However and whenever you would like to support the Horticultural Art Society, we make it possible!

The HAS is one of the many organizations involved with Colorado Gives Day, a day when Coloradans strengthen nonprofits by giving to their favorite charities online. On Tuesday, December 7th  — or to schedule your pledge in advance — PLEASE CLICK HERE:

On our HAS Donate page, you will find other financial support options: making a one-time or monthly donations thru Paypal, donating a gift as a memorial, including a bequest from your estate, IRA rollovers, and even beneficiary designation gifts.

We appreciate your generosity at ANY time of the year! Your donations help fund the equipment and supplies for the HAS gardens, as well as supporting HAS’s educational events–a truly wonderful way to support our community!

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 hasgardens.org 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).