Our mission is to cultivate beautiful public gardens that connect, enrich and inspire the people of the Pikes Peak Region.
The Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs was founded in 1962 by local nursery owners and leading citizens with the purpose of educating the public on the special horticultural requirements and growing conditions of the Pikes Peak Region.
Under a renewable 25-year agreement with Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, HAS is responsible for the use and development of gardens in Monument Valley Park alongside Monument Creek in the center of Colorado Springs. Although City Parks provides some in-kind services and materials, HAS receives no government funding and relies on individual donations and grants. Volunteers provide much-needed and much-appreciated assistance in the gardens and with fund-raising.
The HAS Demonstration Garden is designated an All-America Selection Display Garden, the oldest demonstration garden for AAS in the interior West. HAS was awarded "Showcase Garden of the Year" in 2012. The Demonstration Garden was designated a Plant Select "Showcase Garden of the Year" in 2014 showcasing plants designed to thrive in high plains and inter-mountain regions.
HAS undertook major renovation of the Heritage Garden beginning in 2000. The garden includes steel arbors erected by community college students, a gazebo, and a formal parterre garden. In 2017 the parterre was graced with the installation of a stone-carved statue by local artist Larry Terrafranca, commissioned by HAS. 2015 saw the installation of a rock garden in northeast corner of the Heritage Garden showcasing higher-altitude plants.
In 2019, HAS planned and constructed a children's garden adjacent to the Demonstration Garden, designed to appeal to children and parents with a variety of shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. A whimsical iron fence and archway featuring flora and fauna of the region was constructed and installed with the help of local artist Steve Wood.
"Had the opportunity to visit there yesterday. There happened to be a gentle rain coming down at the time and it was so peaceful walking through this beautiful garden!!! Many plants I have never seen before and some I even have in my yard but don't know what they are! Will go again for sure!!"
"I love the hands on aspect of this part of the park. It's a great learning tool for both child and adult. It's spectacular when the garden is in full bloom and you have the trees above to keep you shaded from the sun."
"Beautiful park in the middle of town! Great for families as it is pretty far away from traffic and fairly flat."
"Plenty of beautiful Colorado native plants to see and photograph."
"I haven't taken advantage of this garden nearly enough for short strolls with my dog. It's an on leash location, very beautiful with tree cover, multitudes of flowers, sculpture, and a lake full of geese and ducks."