Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,

Welcome to Spring and welcome to another season at Harlequin’s Gardens. We would not be here without you, and it is your vision and support that is helping us to grow and expand our service to the community and to the planet.

Sometimes our human love is expressed by creating beauty as we do in cultivating a garden; sometimes it is in growing food and sharing it with others, but sometimes the most compassionate expression of our love is cleaning the bathroom. The theme of this newsletter is compassionate cleanup and interdependence.

The time has come for the sake of our health and the survival of the planet to say, “No more toxic chemicals.” The 21st Century direction is the understanding that Life is not us vs them; it is cooperation for a win-win. It is recognizing that we are all inter-dependent. Science, religion and common sense show us this is true, and that “everybody does better when everybody does better.” We can see this in the way soil organisms and plants create and share resources with each other as if they were not separate.

And yet we very intelligent human beings have been seduced into dominator thinking that is powered by petroleum. Some 70,000 chemicals that have never been tested for toxicity are now in our soil, water, air and our bodies. We are on the verge of another Silent Spring because the neonicotinoids and RoundUps and other toxins are poisoning our bees, our birds, our soil life, our bodies and our ocean. Now it is clear that we have to withdraw from all the toxins and pollutions brought to us through petroleum-thinking. We have to clean up our world, and take a healthier path so Life can prosper and our children and our children’s children will be able to live good, healthy lives.

We need to learn to think like Nature. We need to rapidly partner with the regenerative processes of Nature, to support Life. Profit motives to sell petroleum have guided us into fearing Nature. 21st Century thinking is not profit above everything; it is people, planet, profit. We do not have to poison our world to prosper. A realistic world view is compassionate and sees benefit as two-fold: benefiting yourself and benefiting others. How else can we save the planet and create conditions supportive of Life?

Caring for a garden is a very clear way to see how easily Nature rewards cooperation and how giving is returned when we give nourishment. There are plenty of earth-friendly methods for growing healthy plants. Harlequin’s Gardens has 24 years’ experience growing plants without poisons and without chemical fertilizers. And now we are going to prove how successful that can be on a bigger scale with our plan to build a large fossil fuel-free greenhouse and to grow pesticide-free plants. We are a small company with very limited financial backing, but with your support we have been leaders in sustainability and with your support, on this Leap Year, we will leap into being a genuine 21st Century nursery.

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes,
because that’s where the fruit is.”

Will Rogers



As usual we will have a great selection of organic veggie starts. Every winter Eve pores over the most interesting and reliable seed catalogs, searching for new and special varieties that resist disease and pests, are very productive, taste fabulous, and that we think will likely be successful and rewarding here on the high plains and in the mountains. Our selection aims to include the best vegetable and herb varieties for a wide range of garden sizes and growing conditions (high altitude, hot, sunny and dry, shaded, short-season, raised bed, container, ornamental edible, etc.) and for a variety of culinary uses. We think you’ll find the very best choices at Harlequin’s Gardens. Please give us your feedback on what you grow from us.

WE ARE GROWING dozens of varieties that we cannot describe here. Please go to our website under Plants/Edibles for a complete listing and descriptions of our veggies.  http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/edibles/

New Tomatoes

A few our new tomatoes (85 varieties of tomatoes in 2016)
CARBON, 90 days, IND. OP: This taste-test winning, hard-to-find heirloom is one of the darkest ‘black’ tomatoes, with delicious, rich, smoky-sweet, complex flavor. The pretty 8-14 oz. purple-brown fruits are smooth, round and thin-skinned, making them prone to radial cracking. Big, productive, regular-leaf plants are healthy and tolerate heat and dry conditions.
KELLOGG’S BREAKFAST (POTATO-LEAFED) aka KBX, 85 days, IND. OP: An exceptional heirloom tomato, delicious, meaty and juicy, Kellogg’s has been one of our top favorites for many years. Last year we planted this rare, potato-leafed version and found it even more productive than the original. The stunning, 4-5” (1-2 lbs) brilliant gold-orange ‘beefsteak’ fruits have outstanding, old-fashioned, rich, fruity flavor; great for sandwiches.
MASTER CARUSO, 80 days, IND, OP: Austrian heirloom variety bears pretty scarlet, 5-8oz. globes with perfect sugar to acid balance and rich, robust flavor. Vines are very productive and disease-resistant.
BLACK PRINCE, 70 days, Ind., OP: This Siberian heirloom bears a bounty of beautiful medium-sized., chocolate-bronze, meaty, juicy fruits with distinctive, rich, fruity flavor on large, sturdy, healthy plants that require trellising. Easy to grow, fast-ripening, with a long season of productivity. A great salad tomato.

New Dwarf Determinate Tomatoes

FRED’S TIE DYE, 75 days, Det., OP: Early to midseason tree-type dwarf plants to 3-4’are vigorous and productive. Beautiful round purple fruits with jagged gold and green stripes and the deep crimson flesh of ‘black’ tomatoes. The medium to medium-large fruits have a rich, intense, balanced flavor. Bred from ‘Berkeley Tie Dye’.
YUKON QUEST, 75 days, Det., OP: Early to mid-season dwarf variety bred from our favorite, Black from Tula. Tree-type with rugose regular foliage on stout central stem to 3’ tall. 3-6 oz. smooth round fruits ripen pink, with well-balance flavor.
DWARF ARCTIC ROSE60 days, Det. OP: Very early dwarf heirloom cross between dwarf Budai Torpe and fabulous Black from Tula, with smooth 3-8 oz. round fruits ripen pink with red interior. Flavor is reportedly well-balance and delicious. Tree-type plant has stout central stem to 3’ tall, dark green, rugose leaves.

Plus, many oldie but goodies: Sungold, Pineapple, Jaune Flamme, Black from Tula, Siletz, Carmello, Super Lakota and many, many more!


We will host the ‘TASTE OF TOMATO’ festival & tasting event along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension on
Sat, August 27, from 9 am-1 pm

There are always new varieties to taste, and learn about.
Bring at least 3 tomatoes of a known variety to get in free.
It will be held at the Gateway Park Fun Center,
4800  28th Street, Boulder.


New Hot Peppers

AJI CRYSTAL – 3′ Tall plants with waxy 3-4″ peppers ripen from light green to reddish-orange and have their best flavor for eating when yellow and less than 3″ long.  A spicy, citrus flavor that is great for salsa, pickling, in salads and drying.  Very Prolific and originally from Chile.  90 Days.
BOLIVIAN RAINBOW – Grown for centuries in Bolivia and a stunning small plant (12″ tall and wide) for the space-challenged or as a decorative accent in pots.  The peppers are small, about 1 inch cones growing upright on the plant.  They start out a brilliant purple and change to yellow then orange and finally red – looking like Christmas lights!  The blossoms and foliage are also purple.  Crunchy, seedy, medium heat and with a crisp, fresh taste and a slight tang.  Delicious in salads, salsas, pickled or dried. 90 days.
HOT LEMON – 18-24″ tall and 16″ wide.  An heirloom from the markets of Ecuador that is as hot as cayenne but with a unique flavor and good yields.  The skin is tender and the aroma is spicy with a hint of pine.  Best used fresh but it’s sensational in sauces.  The fruits ripen to a pure lemon yellow color 3-4″ long and wrinkled.  70-80 Days.
HUNGARIAN YELLOW WAX – 18-24″ tall and 16″ wide.  It may look like a mild banana pepper but this light yellow Hungarian heirloom is an excellent medium to hot pepper is delicious stuffed, grilled, sautéed, pickled or canned.  Sets fruit early and over a long season.  70 days.
ITALIAN PEPPERONCINI – The popular little, thin, pickling pepper from Southern Italy with huge yields. 3-5-inch fruit have a superb flavor and just a little heat. Bushy, small (12″x12″) plants are lovely in containers.  75 Days.
SANTA FE GRANDE – 24 x 24″ plants that are easy to care for.  Spicy, 4-inch peppers are a glowing gold in color and quite warm. Makes pretty pickles and salsa. Ornamental plants give heavy yields over the entire summer, making this variety choice for home or market gardens. Introduced in 1965. 75-80 Days.
THAI RED –  Also known as Bird’s Eye Chili.  12″ tall and wide plants that are loaded with fruit and look great in a container.  This is the hot heirloom chili from Thailand, these peppers are used in almost every dish in old Siam. Small pointed fruit are easy to dry and bright red in color. The Thais love the pungent heat. Ornamental plants are loaded with fruit.  Makes excellent hot sauce.  90 Days.
TWILIGHT – 24″ tall and 18″ wide.  A stunning, eye-catching variety producing an abundance of small ¾” upright peppers with a medium-hot flavor. The colorful chilies ripen through a rainbow of colors as they mature from purple to yellow to orange to red. This neat compact variety makes a superb ornamental edible that can be grown outdoors on the patio in a container.

RETURNING:  Big Jim, Anaheim M, New Mexico #6, Early Jalapeno, Purple Cayenne, Ancho Poblano and more.

Sweet Peppers

FRIARELLO DI NAPOLI –  A very early, dwarf plant.  This is the famous frying pepper of Naples, Italy. This heirloom produces small, long, cone-shaped peppers that are fried or pickled and are known for their sweet, distinctive flavor. The plants are very productive, so you will get plenty of delicious fruit all summer.  Try them in omelets, soups and raw in salads.
GOLDEN STAR –  The picture-perfect fruit is very thick walled and grows to a blocky, 4 x 4″size. Young peppers start out a shiny, medium-green then mature to a gorgeous, bright yellow. The crisp, sweet flavor makes this pepper perfect for fresh snacking. Wonderful for cooking, too.  65-70 days.
LIPSTICK – 18-24″ tall and wide. A favorite in specialty markets, considered the ultimate sweet pepper for gourmet salads, salsa and cooking. Glossy, bright red, 4″ blunt-tipped fruits are juicy and delicious. Harvest when dark green at the early end of the range, or wait 20 more days to ripen to a glossy red. Reliable and pretty, with heavy yields, even in cool summers.  65-80 days.
MINI BELL – 2′ tall plants produce miniature red, bell peppers only about 1-1/2 inches tall and wide. The sweet red flesh is thick and makes them great for stuffing. Very productive and early. Great in containers 60 days.
SHISHITO – 2′ tall and x 2 ½’ wide.  A favorite old Japanese variety which produces 3″ long, thin-walled slightly wrinkled fruit that are perfect for making tempura and other traditional recipes. Fruit is emerald green color, mildly flavored with a just bit of spice; Very prolific all summer. Excellent stir-fried, grilled or “blistered” with a bit of lime juice and sea salt.
SHEEPNOSE PIMENTO – 24″ tall and wide. A tried-and-true heirloom that’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity these pimento-shaped, 3 by 4″ fruits are very sweet and meaty, making them ideal for canning, freezing and eating fresh. Plants are very productive, and fruits keep for weeks in the refrigerator.  80 days.

Plus, many happy returns: Jimmy Nardello, Quadrato d’Asti, King of the North, Cubanelle and more.


Amadeo hybrid, 65 days: Early, classic Italian glossy oval fruits are 5”x 8”, almost black, never-bitter, excellent nutty flavor & texture. Provide support for the vigorous, 3’, spineless, heavy-yielding plant.
Black Beauty heirloom, 80 days: Large, firm, oval, glossy, deep purple fruits with excellent flavor & quality are borne on attractive, vigorous, compact 21” to 30” plants. Adapts well to a variety of conditions. Fruits are broad and sometimes beautifully ‘fluted’.
Slim Jim OP, 60 days: Bred in Italy, this is an ‘Asian-type’, with delicious long, slender dark purple fruits borne extra-early on gorgeous, dramatic plants. I would grow this one just for its ornamental value, even if I didn’t love the fruits, which I do. The deep purple coloration is also in the sepals, leaves and stems. Harvest while still glossy, at 4-5” long.

ALSO: Prosperosa, Long Purple, Rosita, Rosa Bianca, Diamond and more.

Cool Season Veggies

We have a fantastic selection of cool season vegetable starts in stock including many different varieties of Broccoli (including Romanesco), Cabbage, Radicchio, Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, Broccoli Raab (Rapini).  We also have some very tasty and interesting Asian vegetables that may be new to a lot of our customers – Komatsuna (Japanese Mustard Spinach), Senposai, Mispoona, Tatsoi, Asian Stir Fry Blend and Mizuna. These delectable Asian vegetables go far beyond stir fry.  They are amazing added to salads, soups, sautéed with eggs or steamed or any Thai, Japanese or Chinese recipe.

New CAULIFLOWER – Precoce de Jesi heirloom, 75 days: Originally from Venice, this unusual cauliflower has beautiful pale yellow curds and delicious flavor. A wonderful addition to the kaleidoscope of colorful and nutritious vegetables.
Violet of Sicily heirloom, 68 days: Mild, delicious and easy to grow, this beautiful cauliflower is bright purple when raw, turning pale green when cooked. It has a delicate texture and looser florets in a flatter head than white cauliflowers. Purple vegetables and fruits provide the powerful anti-oxidant anthocyanin.
ALSO: Graffiti, Early Snowball

ASPARABROC BROCCOLI –  The savory tastes of broccoli and asparagus in one plant.  Entire plant is edible and extremely tender with a sweet mild flavor with a slight bite of pepper.  Takes little space.  50 Days.
Plus: Purple Peacock Sprouting Broccoli is 2 ½’ tall and wide with deeply cut purple leaves, sweet broccoli head and abundant side shoots are also purple; stems too; Ornamental delicious Edible
Broccoli Romanesco (75+ days) Italian heirloom widely grown and eaten in northern Italy. Spiraling apple-green heads have sweet nutty flavor if eaten raw or lightly cooked. A chef’s favorite! Very cool looking.

Onions & More

SUGAR BABY Watermelon open-pollinated, 79 days: The most popular ice-box sized watermelon among gardeners. Early 6 to10-lb. melons have sweet, deep red flesh, are adaptable to many climates and especially valuable for Northern gardens

ONIONS – Ailsa Craig, Copra, Rosa di Milano, Red Marble, Redwing, Walla Walla

SILVER SLICER Cucumber OP, 54 days: A great slicer with excellent flavor and lovely creamy white, thin, smooth skin.  Fruits are 2” wide, 5-6” long.  Bred by Cornell University for resistance to powdery mildew.  Superb juicy, sweet and mild flavor and good crunch.

And of course, many, many more varieties of Broccoli, Cabbage, Eggplant, Squashes, Melons, Lettuces, Spinach, Kales, Chards etc. see our website under Plants/Edibles

Others sowed for me. I sow for others to come.
Middle Eastern Proverb



This sure feels like a wonderful Spring. We had record snowfall in February, the first couple days. It has been great people weather up to now, but recently dry. Those of us who have lived here for a while are wary, though. This warmth can seduce plants to leaf and flower too early and then a cold spell can kill leaves and blooms, forcing the plant to expend energy in making new leaves and perhaps leaving us another year without fruit on our trees. If you put out your cool-season veggies and snow is forecast, you can put a frost-blanket, or other cover over them, or a bucket or used pot, but there is no way to protect the big plants. The best we can do is to fertilize them in the fall, so they have the nutrients to store in their roots and stems, that they can use to re-leaf if necessary.

Mikl usually plants a couple tomatoes in Solar Caps in mid-April. This great mini-greenhouse was invented by a commercial tomato grower in Wyoming where the wind is just as hard on a newly planted tomato as a cold night. Even buried under snow, a tomato in a Solar Cap has never died. Solar Caps can add a month to the growing season, hasten fruiting and increasing yields. Of course it helps to plant Siberian or other cold-tolerant varieties in your first plantings. We sell the Solar Caps and they work in the mountains also to grow tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, keeping the soil warm at night.

 “The two big issues we are facing are climate changes and water shortages…Coal and oil have to go, partly because of their water usage…The great thing about solar and wind is that they don’t require a drop of water (and) how much they use today has no effect on how much is available tomorrow.”
Lester Brown of World Watch Institute and Energy Policy Institute

Industrial agriculture uses a lot of water. According to National Geographic:

  • 1 gallon for 1 single almond
  • 12 gallons for a head of lettuce
  • 24 gallons for a cluster of grapes
  • 53 gallons for an egg
  • 468 gallons for a pound of chicken and
  • 1800 gallons for a pound of beef.

(Good reasons to buy local, organic foods.)

Not only can water be used more efficiently, meat is very water and energy intensive and was identified at the Paris Climate talks as a food we could consume less to help reduce Climate Change.

 “Of the more than one million species of animals in the world, 94% are invertebrates. The services they perform—pollination, seed dispersal, food for wildlife, nutrient recycling—are critical to life on our planet. Indeed, without them whole ecosystems would collapse.”
The Xerces Society

Harlequin’s Gardens has a new plant propagator: Gary Meis
Gary worked for Country Lane Wholesale Nursery for 20 years as their head propagator. Growing plants without pesticides is what he wants to do and so he has a good home at Harlequin’s Gardens. Gary loves to propagate native plants and has a rich knowledge of edible and medicinal natives. He is doing the best he can with our current limited facilities, but you can expect a greater diversity of native perennials and shrubs in the future, as well as other great ornamentals and trees that are normally hard to find. We are very happy and grateful to have Gary on our team!


“If your plants are not being eaten, they are not supporting any insects. And without insects, the foundation of the food chain is compromised.” 
Neil Diboll of Prairie Nursery


Populations of bees, butterflies and all insects are declining in what has been called a Second Silent Spring, due to the combined effects of loss of habitat and the effect of the new nicotine pesticides, the neonicotinoids. The first Silent Spring was threatened because of DDT, but the neonics are 5000-10,000 times more toxic to insects than DDT. And they are systemic, so the nerve poison is in all parts of the plant from the root hairs to the pollen. And it lasts in the plants and soil from 3 months to 5 years.

Colorado is home to 946 species of wild bees. 
Butterfly Pavilion

That is why Harlequin’s Gardens will not grow or sell plants that were treated with neonicotinoids, nor will we buy plants unless we are sure that the plugs and cuttings they were grown from were also neonic-free.  We have never used toxic pesticides.


Harlequin’s has purchased an acre of land. We have designed a large greenhouse that will function without fossil fuels. We have hired an excellent plant propagator. We have years of experience growing pesticide-free plants.

We need loans of $5000 or more for 1-3 years at 3%-4% interest to build the greenhouse and get started.  We will make money. We will sign a legal agreement.  We will pay you back.

Your loan will help protect our bees and other beings. It will help Harlequin’s to prosper and expand what we do. It will help create an example to other nurseries

If you can help, call Mikl at 303-485-7715


Kelly Grummons’ Special Plants

Harlequin’s Gardens is grateful to Kelly Grummons for getting us started with some of his special plants which we will be offering this year.

Agastache ‘Blue Blazes’
Blue Blazes is a large growing hybrid hummingbird mint, to 42-54” tall x 24-30” wide, with glowing lavender-purple flower spikes, blooming from mid-summer through fall. Its nectar-rich flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, making it an essential low-water perennial for pollinators. Plant it in full sun with a well-drained soil. Pinch the plant back in late spring to keep it more compact. Deer and rabbit resistant. ‘Blue Blazes’ was bred by Kelly Grummons.
Verbena sp. ‘Annie!’
Verbena ‘Annie!’ is a truly cold hardy, low-water, long-lived, long blooming perennial Verbena. Very fragrant, lavender-pink flowers start up in mid-spring and are continuous until hard frost in October. A feast for butterflies! Grows in full to part sun in most soils. Brought into cultivation as an heirloom plant from a Minnesota garden by Colorado plantsman Kelly Grummons.  Great as a large scale groundcover or specimen plant.
Windwalker Big Bluestem:
A powdery blue, upright selection of our native grass, that turns plum/purple in fall, with bronzy-red plumes; to 6’ tall and 2’ wide; moderate to low water, full sun, most soils. Selected by Bill Adams of Sunscapes Nursery. 2015 Plant Select
Dog Tuff Grass (Cynodon hybrida) Plant Select 2016: only 2”-4” high, very drought tolerant, very dog tolerant, very sun loving, recovers quickly from foot and dog traffic, honeybees love the pollen, spreads by runners but is sterile so cannot become invasive. It loves clay soils, is deep rooted and weed resistant. Warm season grass is green from June thru Sept. and is a nice straw color in winter. Not shade tolerant. Grows happily on dry slopes once established. Mow seldom.
Opuntia ‘Coral Carpet’-one of the best prickly pear selections with gold spines in winter, coral pink flowers, very hardy
Opuntia ‘Citrus Punch’- flowers are plum, orange & peach, very hardy, likes dry, is good in pots
Opuntia ‘Mesa Sky’-gold flowers with red stripes, tons of large red fruit, best native strain for fruit production
Windwalker Royal Red Salvia-2015 Plant Select winner: carmine-red flowers June through Oct magnetize hummingbirds. 36”-48” high and wide, loves sun, moderate to low water, bees also are attracted; bred by Kelly Grummons

Interdependence is our reality,
whether we accept it or not.

The 17 Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje



Alyssum oxycarpum-our new Favorite Plant: a low Basket of Gold, 4” high and 24” in diameter, gorgeous silver foliage summer and winter, with soft yellow flowers in spring
See them in our Groundcovers Display Garden. Harlequin’s Exclusive. Colorado-tough.
Dick’s Wine Veronica: Wow, wait till you see this creeping veronica in bloom covered with rose-pink flowers on short spires. It looks fragile, but we’ve grown it for years in low water conditions. Give it water once a week to be nice. It makes a mat 16” in diameter
Teucrium sp. ‘Harlequin’s Silver’ was selected amongst our seedlings. This silver-leafed germander is a beauty; 4” high and 24” wide; purplish flowers. We have tested it in hot, dry conditions and find it needs little water. The silver leaves look beautiful summer and winter
Keller’s Yarrow: a wonderful, heat tolerant, non-spreading yarrow; very attractive blue-green ferny foliage; clusters of white flowers provide nectar for beneficial insects. 6”x 18” wide; undemanding and enduring; low water needs. Not bothered by deer or rabbits
Sedum populifolium: has fleshy, poplar-shaped leaves, grows 8”-12” tall with some off- white flowers. Very unusual and attractive form, deer-resistant, part-shade preferring
Jasmine Dianthus: the white filigree flowers have a most wonderful jasmine fragrance. A single tiny flower is enough to raise eyebrows of delight; a mature plant can lure you from 10’ away. The foliage looks grassy so be careful not to pull it out; 6”x 18”; low water needs
Reiter’s Thyme: a tough, resilient creeping thyme often grown as a groundcover or small lawn. David Salman says “…rich, olive-green foliage grows so thickly that it also chokes out most weeds.” 3”x 30”; lavender flowers in the summer for nectar for the bees.
Veronica allioni: this is the true rock garden gem with 6” spikes of blue flowers on a 12” mat. This is not the groundcover sold under the same. Tough, low water and really cute.
Dianthus ‘Blue Hills’: a rugged, low, creeping dianthus with the most blue foliage; 3”x 12”; very spicy fragrant pink flowers; sweet and tough in a rock garden; 3 or 4 make a mass along the front of a border or on the sunny side of a shrub.
Native Bee-Balm (Monarda fistulosa v menthifolia): Mint-scented foliage and stunning, nectar-rich purple-pink flowers that bring bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Leaves make a delicious tea. 2’ to 5’ tall. Very hardy perennial to zone 3, adaptable to many soils.
Native Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata): This easy, hardy 2’ perennial bears masses of large red daisies with fringed bright yellow tips. Thrives in hot dry places and blooms all summer. Dead-head for more flowers and a neater look. A favorite of bees and butterflies.
Eriogonum umbellatum (Sulphur Flower): This superb, compact, dry-land native perennial is an important nectar source for many species of native butterflies and bees. The dense, compact 1-2’ mats of leathery dark green leaves are evergreen, covered with dense umbels of tiny sulphur-yellow flowers for a solid month. Groundcover to 10,000’
Liatris ligulistylis (Meadow Blazingstar):  This is the ultimate Monarch butterfly magnet! It grows 3 to 5’ tall, with numerous crimson flower buds opening to large bright purple-pink florets that bloom over an extended period of time in summer.  It is a prairie native. !  After flowering, the seeds are a favorite food for goldfinches.  Hardy to Zone 4.
Asclepias incarnata (Red Milkweed): dense clusters of sweetly-scented, rosy-pink flowers from early summer to fall on slender, erect branches. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and the leaves of Red Milkweed are a preferred food source for Monarch caterpillars.  Plant in any spot with moist soil, and you’ll have Monarch Butterflies
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower): This lovely 3-4’ tall prairie native attracts many showy butterflies, songbirds and hummingbirds! Large purple-pink flowers with rusty red central cones bloom profusely for up to two months in mid to late summer.
Solidago rigida (Stiff Goldenrod): This summer-blooming golden beauty is a Monarch Butterfly favorite. It will thrive even in poor, dry soils. The flowers also support bees and many other beneficial insects. The seeds provide important protein-rich bird food. Zone 4.
Silphium laciniata (Compass Plant)
4-8’ tall x 2-3’ wide, A classic prairie native, standing an amazing 4’ to 8’ tall. It sends up sturdy flower stalks with up to 100, 2-3” starry bright yellow ‘sunflowers’ opening from July to September. The seeds are loved by songbirds. The plant is very architectural with sturdy, deeply-cleft leaves that stand erect and point North/South, flat surfaces East/West.

If we think small, our actions will be small.
Inuit Saying



The trees we sell are smaller than ball & burlap trees that are dug in the field, leaving at least 75% of their roots in the ground. Ours are grown in a container so they have a complete root system and begin growing immediately and are not stressed. Here is a sample of some of ours.
Russian Hawthorn: very tough and xeric, grows 15’ high and wide, white flowers and red berries, loves CO.
Rocky Mt. Maple: a native of our foothills, likes to grow in the protection of other trees, red fall color, 10’-15’
Gambel Oak and Wavyleaf Oak: both natives that grow 10’-15’, with little water and poor soil, support birds
Hackberry: a good shade tree to replace an ash, a fast-growing hardwood, the most drought tolerant shade tree
White Mulberry-the hardiest mulberry, 25’-30’ tall & wide, very xeric, white fruit is tasty & does not stain
‘Corinthian White’ Peach-gorgeous double white flowers on columnar ornamental tree 20’x10’  zone 5
Wavy Leaf Oak-Rocky Mt. native with leathery, wavy leaves, 10’+ tall, multi-stem; xeric, zone 4
Quercus turbinella-8’-12’ native oak with evergreen leaves that are leathery and sharp toothed, hardy


Lower maintenance, more flowers for pollinators, . All are neonic-free.
Julia Jane Boxwood: discovered in Denver, grown at Harlequin’s for 10 years, 3’ evergreen, deer and rabbit proof, low water, survived Nov ’14 with little damage
Squeek Point Kinnickinick-3” high evergreen groundcover, pink bells, local selection
Littleleaf Mt. Mahogany-C. intricatus to 5’ evergreen, rosemary-like leaves, xeric, tidy
Fernbush-5’ high 4’ wide, fern-like leaves, white flowers loved by beneficial insects & bees
Chilopsis linearis-Desert Willow- 10’ with beautiful orchid-like flowers, drought tolerant
Philadelphus Mock Orange Mikl’s Select– 10’ low water shrub, very very fragrant flowers
Physocarpus o. Nanus-Dwarf Ninebark: attractive flowers, foliage, bark; 1’-2’ high; shade


We are known far and wide for our selection of sustainable roses and for our expertise in helping people choose the best varieties for their gardens and landscapes. We sell roses on their own roots not grafted, which makes them more cold hardy, longer lived,with more flowers. Most of our roses are disease-resistant and very hardy and none should need spraying with toxic pesticides. See our 2016 Rose List on our website.  http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/roses/

Home-Grown Fruit

One of our specialties is fruiting plants that are adapted to Colorado conditions. All the apples we carry are resistant to fireblight and good-tasting. And the cherries we sell are all proven successful in Colorado. Our grapes are the most hardy of any you will find, delicious fresh, in juice and a few are good for wine. And we have productive & good tasting currants, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries including: Crandall Clove Currant and Gwen’s Buffalo Currant-both are 5’x4’ with very fragrant yellow flowers in spring and annual bearing of sweet-tart berries full of healthy phytonutrients and reddish fall color. Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry-late blooming so avoids late frosts, medium to large very sweet berries, semi-trailing, best pruned to 8’. Gooseberries: Invicta, Hinnomaki Red, Black Velvet, Comanche, Pixwell;
Niwot primocane Black Raspberry bred in Longmont, fruits on new wood, excellent flavor
Orient Nanking Cherry-selected for flavor; it’s good; same 6’ height, xeric, red cherries
Johns Elderberry-larger berries, 8’, better edible elderberry, needs a pollinator

We will carry several good apple varieties: Cortland, Liberty, Harlson, Sweet 16, Honeycrisp, Dakota Gold, Hazen, Macfree, Mandan, Zestar, Redstone Canyon Gold.
And several good plums Mount Royal Plum, Alderman, Golden Gage, Red Baron, Superior, Toka, Italian Plum     
And successful tart cherries: Bali Cherry, North Star, Montmorency
Strawberries: We are carrying many good varieties, each for good reasons. Ft. Laramie, Tristar, Alexander Alpine, Earliglow, Mara de Bois, Yellow Alpine.

Roundup herbicide is not safe at all. In 2015, the World Health Organization declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to be a probable human carcinogen. The Roundup Original formulation is more than 400 times more toxic than glyphosate.
The BioIntegral Resource Center



Harlequin’s has a huge selection of perennials—all neonic-free-including:
Lesotho Pink Iceplant: 1” high x 18” wide, very cold hardy, tight mat, large pink flowers
Geranium ‘Biokovo’ & ‘Karmina’: light pink/rich pink flowers, groundcover, dry shade.  Also Ballerina, cinereum Splendens, Bevan’s Variety, sanguineum & s. Album
Alyssoides graeca: yellow flowers early, xeric, 10” high 16” wide, attractive seed pods
Asclepias tuberosa: Butterfly Weed, orange flowers, 1’-2’ high, Monarch food and nectar
Callirhoe involucrata: Winecups; viney stems, purplish flowers, xeric native; 4’ diameter
Antirrhinum hispanicum roseum: Spanish Snapdragon, pink flowers all summer, z5
Sunroses-Helianthemums-1” wild rose-like flowers in many colors, xeric, evergreen
Redfeathers-Echium: russet-red spikes on 14” xeric plant, attracts hummers & b.flies
Gas Plant-Dictamnus: shiny leaves, upright spikes of orchid-like white or pink, xeric
Desert Moss-Arenaria: ½” high bright green cushion, Pt. Shade, Plant Select 2015
Coral Bells: Firefly-green leaves, red flowers tough, Plum Pudding & Can Can purples
Iris: siberica Welcome Return; pallida variegata (green& white foliage) & historic variet.
Sunset Foxglove-Digitalis obscura: 14”-16” high, small orange trumpets, great foliage
Dianthus: Tuscan Honeymoon-grassy foliage, 2’-3’ stalks of pink flowers late summer
D. gratianopolitanus-very tough groundcover. very fragrant pink flowers, durable
D. Blue Hills-the bluest foliage, fragrant flowers, 12” diam. D. Firewitch-fragrant
Pretty Betsy Centranthus-pink to coral-red selection of iron-tough Red Valerian
Erodium chrysanthem-silvery, ferny rosettes 1’-2’ wide, 4” high; single pale yellow flowers
Lilies: Regal-4’ tall, very fragrant white with yellow trumpets, easy to grow, a classic
Formosa Lily-short 12’-18” tall with large white with maroon fragrant trumpets
Molly the Witch Peony: Here it is: pale yellow goblets, attractive foliage and seed pods
Penstemon mensarum ‘Violet Mesa’-violet-blue flowers on 2’ spikes, drought tolerant
Penstemon mexicali Windwalker-garnet-red flowers on 14” spikes, Kelly Grummons orig
Phlomis russeliana-whorles of soft yellow flowers on tough, low water perennial 30”-36”
Salvia ‘Windwalker’-blood red flowers on 3-4’ spikes draw the hummers, low water, hardy
Scabiosa lucida-Fairy Pincushion: sweet and tough, 12” plant 4” high, blooms long, xeric
Seseli gummifera-Moon Carrot: silvery blue foliage, 4” umbels of pink draw all pollinators
Teucium ‘Harlequin’s Silver’– 2’-3’ diameter 4” high mounds of very silver leaves very beautiful in the winter, with purplish flowers, drought tolerant


This year we continue to offer a wonderful selection of seeds from our local Botanical Interests for tried-and-true vegetables, herbs, flowers and sprouts. (Their seed quality is excellent, packets are adorned with exquisite botanical illustrations by local artists, and their packets are loaded with great information.) We also offer excellent wildflower seed mixes and pollinator-specific mixes from another great local seed purveyor, BBB Seeds.

For 2016 we have added a carefully selected rack of seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit network of thousands of gardeners interested in conserving biodiversity by preserving heirloom varieties and sharing seeds. We have chosen unique and fascinating varieties that will enhance your gardening adventure.


Our herbs are organic and we carry both culinary and medicinal. We grow some unusual ones.

We know the average American child is walking around with more than 200 industrial chemicals coursing through her bloodstream…
We are locked in with chemicals every day, and we have to find a way out.

Florence Williams

Harlequin’s Gardens has many winter-hardy cacti: chollas, ball cacti and prickly pears.
Also Agave parryi, Agave havardiana, Hesperaloe, 3 Yuccas, Bear Grass


Very Special Products for Your Benefit:
Compost Tea-enriches soil, prevents disease, supports & inoculates soil life, increases plant growth and flowering. We make our own from Biodynamic Compost. Local fertility: Try it!
Yum Yum Mix- 2-2-2 Vegan/Organic fertilizer for alkaline, nutrient-poor Western soils, feeds plants/microbes. Made from alfalfa, cottonseed meal, kelp meal, rock dust, green sand, humate.
Mile-Hi Rose Feed: formulated specifically for Colorado soils, mostly organic, contains 12 essential nutrients and trace minerals for roses, adds organic matter, supports microorganisms. We’ve been using this for 18 years at the Boulder-Dushanbe Tea House with great results.
Corn Gluten-a truly organic weed and feed; keeps weed seeds from growing, fertilizes with 9% N
Pharm Solutions for safe pest management: this great line of USDA certified products are made from organic essential oils & other non-toxic and good smelling ingredients.
Pure Spray Green Horticultural Oil: THE best non-toxic pest management product I know; baby oil grade has no burning on leaves; smothers aphids, mites, sawflies; no harm to lady bugs, birds
Cascade Minerals: basalt-derived micronutrients improve yield, stem strength, fruit quality and nutrient density of foods, in general improves health of plants; what is lacking in many fertilizers
Solar Caps: Season extending device that’s a big improvement over “Wall-o-Water”. Sturdy wire frames are covered with a water-filled lining, they don’t blow over, light transmission is excellent. They can be left on all season to keep the soil warm at night, which is very beneficial for tomatoes and peppers.  We planted a tomato in one April 11, it was ripe July 15.
Green Cure: nontoxic cure for powdery mildew & blackspot, tomato blight, proved effective locally

Garden by garden, person by person, day by day is how we became habituated to toxic chemicals, and in the same way, we can withdraw from oil thinking and regenerate our world in partnership with Nature.
Mikl Brawner



PRODUCTS to amend soils for fertility, aeration and biological health
Expanded Shale: a shale product that is mined and fired just south of Boulder to create a porous, light “gravel” that holds both water and air, and creates optimal housing for microorganisms. Aids in water penetration of tight clay soils (a Real claybuster). Texas A&M recommends using 3” expanded shale in the top 6” of soil. (or mixing 10%-20% by volume). It does not break down, so it holds soil structure and reduces watering needs for a long time.
Composts hold water when mixed in soil supporting plants and support soil life which both bring water to plants and support them nutritionally. We carry: A-1 EcoGro-locally made from landscape and beer wastes,; Eko Compost-made locally from egg-laying chicken manure and wood wastes, Western Grow-made from local landscape wastes and food wastes; Dairy Cow-from low salt Dairy Cow manure and bedding
Mushroom Compost-fungal mass from organic mushroom farm is great for veggie gardens and all gardens
Mycorrhizal inoculants: multiplying the microorganisms especially the beneficial fungi mycorrhizae, supports a system for bring water beyond the reach of roots, to the plants and supporting their nutritional health, helping with stress.

-an OMRI certified organic fertilizer that is 90% fungal biomass, 6-1-1, made from organic soybean meal, org. cottonseed meal, sucrose, lactose and trace minerals; holds water and stimulates soil life; without salt, non-burning, weed-free
Maxfields Organics: new local company making premium soil mixes without peat from high quality ingredients: compost, coir, expanded shale, alfalfa fertilizer, rice hulls, biochar and beneficial microorganisms.
Maxfields Soil Conditioner-for amending clay soils and building raised beds
Maxfields Planting Mix-for filling planter boxes and large containers, like Earth Boxes (better than Eko Potting Soil that we carried last year?) And for topdressing vegetable gardens and planting trees and shrubs.

Maxfield’s Potting Soil-for transplanting seedlings, small containers, (for seed starting?)
Ocean Forest Potting Soil-their top grade with kelp meal, bat guano, crab & fish: nutrient rich: performed well
Coco Loco Potting Soil –made from Coco fiber instead of peat, looks good, we’re trying it this year

Soil is more important than oil.
Without oil we can’t drive.
But without soil, we can’t eat.

Wes Jackson



March 3:   Open for the Season: Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sunday’s, 9-5
Beginning April 1:  Open every day 9-5; Thursdays 9-6
April 30, May 1-8th, Harlequin’s Gardens Annual May Day Celebration and Plant Sale.  Plant Sale Saturday thru Sunday, Mother’s Day;
On Saturday, April 30, from 10:30-12 don’t miss Alamos, a duet of clarinet and flute playing light classical, ragtime and folk. At 12:30-2 we will welcome Stele Earth E Man, Eco-Troubadour & children charmer AND at 2pm enjoy the original and Americana Music of Living Easy.
On Sunday, May 1, World Laughter Day, refreshments will be served, and from 11-12, don’t miss the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers who will bring us fertility and merriment. At 12:30pm, jig and reel with the excellent musicians of the Boulder Irish Session Band. From 2-3pm we are pleased to have Boulder’s own Elena Klaver doing folk, old-timey, and earth-honoring music
August 22 – 28:  Members Fall Plant Sale
Aug 29:  Harlequin’s Annual Fall Plant Sale begins for everyone. This sale continues every week in September and October.
Aug. 27Taste of Tomato: a tomato tasting festival; CSU Co-op Extension with Harlequin’s Gardens; Held at Gateway Park, 9-1.  Bring your favorites; call/see our website for details.
October: open every day 9-5, the Sale continues.    Closed for the Season-TBA
December Holiday Market begins on Green Friday with Local Artisan Goods and Goodies every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December.


In our classes you will learn more than information. Our teachers are people who have spent years honing their skills and their experience in Colorado will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 unless otherwise stated to support our speakers and Harlequin’s educational direction. Cash and check only for classes.  Pre-register at 303-939-9403 or at Harlequin’s for these classes both in case they fill up or too few people register and we have to cancel the class. Pre-payment assures your place in the class.

Saturday, April 2, 10 am: Getting Started in Vegetable Gardening with Mimi Yanus
If you are new to Colorado, new to gardening, or have been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you! Learn what you need to know to make your organic vegetable garden successful, even bountiful, in our Colorado conditions.
Saturday, April 2, 1 pm:  Organic Lawn Care with Mikl Brawner
Learn how to support healthy soil and soil life using compost, organic fertilizers, aeration, proper watering and mowing, and how to avoid and deal with weeds.
Sunday, April 3, 1 pm:  Succession Planting with local culinary gardening expert, Tracey Parrish
Learn the techniques and timing to maximize the use of your garden space and keep your vegetable garden in continual production throughout the season(s)
Saturday, April 9, 10 am: Do It Yourself Drip Irrigation w Alison Peck
Drip irrigation can be easy! It is a key part of most water conserving landscapes, but it can seem intimidating. Come learn a simple, easy to design and install system that Alison has been using for years. This drip irrigation system can be connected to an outside hose bib with a battery-operated timer, giving you inexpensive automatic watering. Save money, save water, reduce weeds, and have healthier plants. We will also discuss new efficient sprinklers that can reduce water use for lawns and groundcovers.
Saturday, April 9, 1 pm:  Seed Starting Success with Janis Keift of Botanical Interests Seed Co.   
Learn all of the background and tips for getting good germination and a healthy start with seeds, both indoors and out.
Sunday April 10, 1 pm: Viticulture with John Martin
Would you like a glass of wine from your own backyard vineyard? John will discuss grape varieties and how to get started in wine making.  He is co-owner of Stonebridge Farms in Lyons, the first CSA in Boulder County.
Saturday, April 16, 10 am: Neonicotinoid Pesticides w Mikl Brawner   
What are neonics, and how do they affect bees and other insect life? This class will show you how to avoid letting them into your yard, and choose pesticide alternatives like healthy soil, beneficial insects, and non-toxic sprays.
Saturday, April 16, 12 pm [Note time]:Top Bar Hives w Julie Finley-Ridinger
What is a top bar hive, and how is it different from other types? Julie has been working with top bar hives for over 15 years and will show you how and why she prefers them.  She will be demonstrating with the live top bar hive at Harlequin’s. Please wear light colored clothing and avoid scented body products.
Sunday, April 17, 1 pm: Baby Goat Day!  
Margaret Hollander, owner of Capering Goat Dairy, will bring several of her adorable baby goats by for a visit. Come enjoy their hilarious antics! For kids of all ages.
Sunday, April 17, 2 pm [Note time]:   Baby Bee Day! with Jessica Goldstrohm of The Bees Waggle
Kids and parents alike will enjoy this hands-on lesson about native bees and pollinators, and construction of bee habitats, including watering holes, bee blocks, and nesting tubes!
Friday, April 22 Earth Day
Saturday, April 23, 10 am: Edible Landscaping with Alison Peck 

Learn how to grow fruits, nuts, veggies, vines, herbs, perennials, even weeds in your yard, beautifully.  Discover which plants are the most successful and how to integrate them into your landscape.  Alison has been designing edible landscapes for 25 years.
Saturday, April 23, 1 pm: Undaunted Rose Pruning with Eve Reshetnik Brawner   
Learn the proper timing and methods to prune your roses.  Eve is co-owner of Harlequin’s Gardens and has been caring for roses for over 20 years.
Sunday, April 24, 1 pm:   Natives in the Garden with Mikl Brawner 
Natives are not only successful here, they are low maintenance, low water and resilient to Colorado weather. They support native birds, butterflies and bees, and they give a landscape that genuine Colorado look. Learn the plants and how to grow them.
April 30 – May 1: Annual May Day Celebration & World Laughter Day
Saturday, May 7, 10 am: Best Fruit Trees for CO with Mikl Brawner   

Learn which varieties are successful here, and how to care for them. Mikl will cover apples, cherries, plums, pears, and peaches.
Saturday, May 7, 3 pm (Note time): Raised Beds 101 w Bryant Mason 
Step-by-step description of how to start an easy and productive raised bed vegetable garden. Topics will include soil development, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, watering, harvesting, and recommended crops. Bryant is the founder of The Urban Farm Co.
Sunday, May 8: Mothers’ Day
Saturday, May 14, 10 am: Rainwater Harvesting with Alison Peck, owner of Matrix Gardens              

Rainwater harvesting is not illegal in Colorado. The most effective ways to use rainwater/snowmelt, such as rain-gardens and pervious pavement, are legal and encouraged locally and nationally.  Learn easy ways to use this free water in your gardens while protecting yourself from flooding. Alison has 25 years’ experience.
Saturday, May 14, 1 pm: Soil Sequestration of Carbon with Elizabeth Black
Soil sequestration of carbon is a hopeful new strategy for combating climate change and promoting healthy soils.  Elizabeth will cover the whys, how’s, research, and challenges of soil sequestration. Soil can hold more carbon than all the plants above ground.
Sunday, May 15, 1 pm: Bees, Bees, Bees with Miles McGaughey
Miles, a beekeeper for more than 20 years, will discuss the fascinating world of honey bees, and demonstrate how to work with them using our live hives.  Wear light-colored clothing and avoid scented body products.
Saturday, May 21, 10 am: Native Bees with Kristina Williams  
Learn about the more than 500 species of native bees in Boulder County and how to make your garden friendly to them.
Saturday, May 21, 1pm: Edible Weeds and Wild Medicinals with
Emily Kallio

A hands-on herb class in the field: forage, taste, and delight in the wild foods nature has to offer. Learn to prepare scrumptious snacks with the “weeds” all around you.  One of our most popular and fun classes!
Sunday, May 22, 1 pm: Gardening with Mushrooms: The Magic of Mycellium with Zach Hedstrom   
There are many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. Learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!
Saturday, May 28, 10 am: Work less, enjoy more: Using ecological understanding to create abundant landscapes w Alison Peck
Bountiful food, humming pollinators, singing birds, and splendid native gardens are all much easier when you use ecological understandings to guide your efforts.  Working with nature allows the creation of healthy ecosystems that generate healthy soil, discourage weeds, dramatically reduce insect problems and allow you to enjoy gardening more and work less.  Alison has 25 years’ experience with this.
Saturday, June 4, 10 am: Beneficial Insects with Carol O’Meara  
Most of the insects we encounter are actually good guys! Carol will help you learn the difference, and what you can do to attract them.
Saturday, June 4, 1 pm: Foraging Rocky Mountain Mushrooms: Regional Mushroom ID with Zach Hedstrom 
Learn the basics of mushroom identification and what you should know before going out on a hunt. A good class for beginners as well as those who have done some foraging before.
Saturday, June 11, 10 am:  The Allure and Romance of Old Garden Roses with Linda Taylor
Explore the beauty, fragrance, and pleasure of the old garden and heirloom roses.  Every garden deserves an old rose! Linda has grown roses for over 20 years, both here and in Montana, where she owned her own nursery.
Saturday, June 11, 1:30 pm:  (Note time)  Habitat Heroes 
Learn the basics of creating a garden that creates important habitat for wildlife.Habitat Heroes are people who practice ‘wildscaping’ – landscaping designed to attract and benefit birds, pollinators and other wildlife, providing shelter, food, water and nest materials without pesticides.
Sunday, June 12, 1 pm: Berries and Small Fruits for Colorado with Mikl Brawner
Small fruits are delicious, high in antioxidants and vitamins, and easy to grow: strawberries, raspberries, grapes, currants, and gooseberries. The best varieties for Colorado, and how to grow them.
Saturday, June 18, 10 am: Managing Garden Pests without Poisons with Mikl Brawner
Learn how to look for and identify common pests, and how to judge if anything needs to be done.  Learn which organic solutions are the most effective, for what, and how to do it. Mikl’s been walking the walk for 35 years!
Saturday, June 18, 1 pm: Gardening at Higher Altitudes with
Diane Badertscher

Gardening above 6000’ has its own challenges.  Certain plants and strategies that can improve your success. Diane lives & gardens at 8000.’
Sunday, June 19: Fathers Day
June 20-26: National Pollinator Week
Thursday, June 23, 5 pm: [Note date and time]  What’s wrong with my tomato plant?  with Carol O’Meara

It’s that time when we are beset with all manner of tomato plant issues. Our local Colorado State Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent and tomato expert will help diagnose problems.
Saturday, June 25, 1 pm:  Tips and Tricks of Xeriscape with Mikl Brawner
Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how! There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl’s will pass on his 30 years of xeriscape experience.
Sunday, June 26,1 pm: Permaculture for Everyone! with Lynn Dugay
Heard about permaculture but not sure what it’s all about? Join Lynn for a fun-filled exploration into this fascinating design system. The workshop will consist of a presentation and field work to develop your basic permaculture skills.
Saturday, July 1 pm: Basic Plant ID with Diane Badertscher
Ever wondered what kind of tree or shrub that was? Diane can show you some ways to identify some of the more common plants in the area.
Saturday, July 16, 1 pm: Basic Landscape Design with Elaine Walker
Elaine is a landscape architect who will show you the elements of designing areas of your property. Learn how to observe your site, identify goals, take a site analysis and create a bubble space diagram.
Sunday, August 14, 1 pm: Pruning for Strength, Health, and Beauty with Mikl Brawner
Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning.
Sunday, August 21, 1 pm: Low Tech Greenhouse Design and Operation with Mikl Brawner
Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.
Saturday, August 27, 10 am – 1 pm: 5th Annual Taste of Tomato

Saturday, Sept. 10, 1 pm: Pruning for Strength, Health, and Beauty with Mikl Brawner  (repeat of 8/14 class)


We are very proud of our staff, who have worked with us for so many years, so to help you to get to know us and our specialties, here are our portraits.

Laurel Brabec is on the board of the Colorado Tree Coalition. She previously worked at Timberline Nursery helping customers with trees and shrubs as well as propagation and maintenance of plants. She is also a teacher of Yoga in the Garden and is knowledgeable in patio container planting and garden design
Todd Moore has 17 year’s experience locally, giving professional help to people in choosing their plants, especially their perennials. He is also an expert tomato grower, with a book on tomatoes on its way to the publisher.
Loren Brown is an experienced beekeeper and is available to help our customers in our Bee Barn with questions about equipment and beekeeping in general.
Lola Higbie is a practicing landscape designer with many years of local experience helping people choose plants for their gardens. Lola also practices Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging
Gillian Collins is a mountain Master Gardener and a student and practitioner of Colorado Permaculture. She is experienced at helping people choose plants for their gardens.
Amy Runkle is experienced in greenhouse propagation, garden maintenance, customer service and beekeeping. She has boundless energy and curiosity, especially for insects, wildlife and, of course, plants
Elaine Walker has a degree in landscape architecture with an emphasis in ecological practices. She has her own landscape design practice, and her recent work includes designing outdoor living spaces, retaining & boulder walls, water features, native and drought tolerant plantings.
Linda Taylor, MA, Rosarian and Garden Coach Extraordinaire, has been with Harlequins since 2008. She brings a combination of education, hands-on experience, years of study, and knowledge to our nursery. For over 25 years, Linda has been studying, teaching, and growing heirloom roses. She’s owned a boutique, specialty rose nursery in Montana and created flower and vegetable gardens in the 6 western states
Diane Badertscher has her degree in horticulture and has qualified as a Certified Colorado Nursery Professional. She specializes in trees and shrubs, especially natives, and assists with our on-site beehives. Diane has lived and gardened at 8,000’ for 18 years, and brings that knowledge and experience to our customers. She is a cheerful, genuine Harlequin character who takes care of more than can be said.
Matt Patrick is trained as a CSU Master Gardener and has operated his own landscape business for the past 10 years. He has a strong knowledge of plants for our area. He has worked for the Boulder County AIDS Project, Boulder Human Relations Comm., & Foothills United Way. He excels in recycling.
Engrid Winslow has a degree in Urban Horticulture and has taken Master Gardener training. She is an excellent and educated gardener, and her new greenhouse is allowing her to propagate organic veggie starts for us. She manages both our organic vegetable production and our new Bee Barn and helps care for our bees and her home hives. Engrid makes the best jams and preserves which are for sale at the nursery.
Heather Stone worked with us 9 years ago until the birth of twins called her home. She holds a certificate in clinical herbalism, and has been gardening locally for 15 years. Her special interests include herbs, vegetables and perennials. She volunteers at Coal Creek Elementary in the Garden to Table program.
Eve Reshetnik-Brawner has always had a passion for gardening and for studying, growing and drawing plants. She has a degree in landscape architecture and over ten years of professional experience in that field. She has a special love and knowledge of roses, fragrant flowers, ornamental grasses, clematis, natives, vegetables and herbs.  Eve, with Mikl, designed the rose garden at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. In her “spare” time she is a musician, a ceramic artist and loves to cook. Eve is available for garden consultations
Mikl Brawner got his initial training along the creeks and woods of eastern Iowa. He studied biology at the University of Iowa, then went to India with the Peace Corps. Back in America, he managed a small organic apple orchard, and started a tree care business. Studying plants, researching alternatives to pesticides, and developing a xeriscape garden led him from the tree tops to a plant nursery. Now the evolving Harlequin’s Gardens is his life-work, helping the gardening community to bring nature into their personal lives and homes using sustainable plants, materials and methods. His current passion is soil health, and designing an energy-efficient greenhouse. He was honored with the 2009 PaceSetter Award for the Environment

And we’re delighted to have occasional help from: Sharron Zaun, Marty Crigler, and Marilyn Kakudo

If there were an award for staff, we should get one, because our people are very knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated, conscientious, good-hearted and fun. Our staff is so good that we have borrowed the slogan from Harrell’s Hardware: “Together, we can do it yourself.”


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In the first half of 2015, fully 70% of all new
electrical power in the country came from
renewable energy installations.

The Sierra Club



All along, we have depended on recycled materials, trades, word-of-mouth promotion, generosity, kindness, passion, service and other non-corporate building blocks to create our success. This year the area that really needs your support is our new fossil fuel-free greenhouse project to produce much greater numbers of pesticide-free plants. To support the bees and all insect life, and to withdraw our investments from all sources of toxic pesticides, we are investing in this new direction.

If you like what we have been doing, please become a member and help us to do it better, and enjoy the benefits of membership. Here is our expanded current offer: Members will give us $20 for a one-year membership and in direct return will receive these benefits
1) Free Harlequin’s Class of your choice, worth $15.
2) 25% discount on books all year
3) During the May Day Week get $10 off a $50 or more purchase of plants (except roses & fruit trees)
4) During May Day Week, take 10% off roses (except quarts), then
5) In August begin the fall sale a week early with 20% off most everything.

You can become a member anytime you are at the nursery, or mail a check for $20 to Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N.26th St. Boulder, CO. 80301. We will put you in our Membership file. A membership is valid until the end of the calendar year.



We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.
Pope Francis



This year Harlequin’s Gardens opened on March 3rd for business on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting in April we will be open every day 9-5 and Thursdays til 6.

And this year we ARE accepting credit cards, but cash and checks save us money and save you elevated prices.
See our website or call 303-939-9403.


Remember that passage in Genesis that says the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden? That’s one of my favorite verses. If God had wanted to, He could have zapped that garden into being, but what fun would that have been? He planted it. We don’t get to share creativity with God too often, but I feel that I have that privilege every time I put a flower in the ground or plant a seed.
Marlyn Mather, (Mikl’s mother)

AGAIN this year, ALL our plants are free of neonicotinoids, and most are free of all toxic pesticides, and again we are selling beekeeping supplies. See a list of what we are carrying on our website or come out for a look in our BEE BARN.  Be in a neighborhood, free from nerve toxin neonics, join or start a Bee Safe Neighborhood: Visit www.BeeSafeBoulder.com

Neonicotinoids were found in a little more than half the streams tested in 24 states.
U.S. Geological Survey

Thank you, local gardeners, for helping to cultivate a healthy 21st Century World.  We hope to see you soon!

Eve & Mikl
and the great staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

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