May 12, 2015: Lecture Series – “Perennials and Grasses and Shrubs. Oh My! Plants for 2015″

Presented by Allen Johnson,

Colorado Technical University, Room 258 at 7:00 p.m (click map link below)

A discussion about interesting and hopefully unique to you herbaceous perennials that will be available at the 2015 HAS Plant Sale. Things covered include deer-resistance, water needs and exposure.  HAS Annual Plant Sale is May 15, 16, & 17.

Allen is a native of Colorado Springs and has been active in the green industry for the last 10 years, working at a local wholesale nursery specializing in growing perennials, ground covers and ornamental grasses. In the pursuit of expanding his knowledge, he became and has been an active Colorado Master Gardener volunteer since 2007. In 2013, he became a Colorado Certified Nursery Professional, a Colorado green industry certification. He has been a member of HAS since 2012 and has been on the HAS Board since 2013.

 Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Room 258
Colorado Technical University
4435 North Chestnut (map). 


Wednesday, September 11 , 2013, 7:00 p.m., “Nature in Cheyenne Mountain State Park”

cmsp.jpgPresented by Kris Baril, Naturalist at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Come hear why Cheyenne Mountain State Park should be on your hiking list. Kris will be will tell us about the fabulous hiking, biking, camping and picnicking available in this blend of 3 ecosystems. This park is a very new state park, and it’s a fabulous (and close!) place to enjoy nature, from wildflowers to hawks. The talk is free and open to all.

Free to all at the East Library, 5550 E. Union Blvd.

Apr 16, 2011: Founders Memorial Lecture – “Edible Wild Plants of Colorado”

**This event is FULL. No more reservations are being taken**

Presented by Meg VanNess, Regional Historic Preservation Officer / Archaeologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Apr 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
The Penrose House
1661 Mesa Avenue (map)

Reservations are required. Please make yours by emailing
**This event is FULL. No more reservations are being taken**

With a little bit of knowledge and a good digging stick a resourceful person can find plenty to eat among the wild plants of Colorado. Whereas this virtual cornucopia of seeds, berries, and roots would never be mistaken for a Big Mac, it did provide a year-around supply of nutrients and calories to sustain the native populations for thousands of years. Some of these plants, such as wild plums and pinion nuts, require only a slight stretch of the modern imagination to be considered for tonight’s dinner. Others, such as the slime covered cattail root, stinking gourds, nauseous rabbit brush, and the aptly named pincushion cactus, take a bit more thought. Continue reading

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010, 7:00 p.m., “What’s Blooming in Monument Valley Park”

sphaeralcea.jpgPresented by Carey Harrington

People often think they have to get out of town to see terrific displays of wildflowers. But last year, generous spring moisture led to terrific blooms of native and introduced plants right in the city, including in Monument Valley Park. For over four months last year, Carey observed and reported on what was blooming each week in the park as part of her Native Plant Master program volunteer work. Come learn about the history of plants in the park, learn about what she saw last year, and learn where to look for great plants yourself this year.

Free to all at the East Library, 5550 E. Union Blvd.