Tasting Tomatoes and Fall Sale – What could be better?

With the cooler temps and some moisture we are welcoming Autumn with our 8th Annual Taste of Tomato and our Fall Plant Sale!  Lots of good details below.

On top of that, we have two great classes this weekend.  On Saturday at 1 PM, our friend Zach Hedstrom illustrates basic techniques on how to grow mushrooms and how to encourage beneficial fungal soil activity.  Then on Sunday at 1 PM, Mikl shares 20 years of greenhouse design and operation info – super valuable info for those thinking of building, improving, or better utilizing their greenhouse!  Reserve your spot in class with a quick call to 303-939-9403. 

8th annual Taste of Tomato
A Scrumptious, Home-Grown Community Event!

SATURDAY, August 25th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
NEW LOCATION! Growing Gardens Barn
1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder CO 80304

Are your tomatoes healthy, delicious and productive in spite of weather and pests? Bring some samples of your successes to the 8th Annual TASTE of TOMATO this Saturday! The local gardening community (and the general community, too) wants to know which varieties worked for you and wants to taste them to see if your varieties should be growing in their gardens next year! Which ones kept producing through the intense heat? Did you experiment with some new and wonderful types? If you’re among the lucky ones whose tomatoes are producing well, please bring some nice ripe ones to share (click on Entry Instructions below), and you’ll get in free!

And if you don’t have any to share, come anyway! For a nominal entry fee of $5, you’ll make lots of delicious new taste discoveries, learn how to save seeds from your best tomatoes, and have an excellent chance of winning one of the valuable door-prizes we give away every half hour!

We’ve always had between 65 and 100 different varieties to taste, including heirlooms, hybrids, cherry tomatoes, honkin’ big ‘beefsteaks’, slicers, and paste types – amazing! And they’re labeled, so you know what they are.

Note that we have a fabulous new location – the new BARN at GROWING GARDENS! This year, we are delighted that Growing Gardens and Slow Food Boulder County have joined us to present the Taste of Tomato!

Also, this year young gardeners from the CULTIVA program are bringing their summer bounty of beautiful, organic, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and other top-quality summer vegetables for you to buy. Your purchases will support the Cultiva program.

The Cultiva Youth Project is a youth leadership program where teens ages 12-19 operate an urban organic farm, growing produce for the local community while developing leadership and job skills. This hands-on farm experience teaches youth the importance of caring for the earth while learning how to grow their own food, work in a professional environment, operate a small business and create positive change for the community, the environment, and themselves.

Two demonstrations of Tomato Seed-saving procedures will take place during the tasting, at 10:30 and 12 noon.

This is always a lot of fun, and educational, too!  Master Gardeners and Harlequin’s Gardens staff will be on hand to answer your tomato questions.

Children are welcome with adult supervision.  Please do not bring dogs.

Check our website for detailed Entry Instructions
So, Y’all come! See you soon!


Organic Fall Veggie Starts have arrived!

More people are catching on to planting cool-season greens in the fall. Your garden can keep producing delicious, nutritious greens through autumn and winter!  Re-purpose the spaces where your peas, spring lettuce, Asian greens, cauliflower and cabbage, cilantro and radicchio had been to grow months more low-maintenance food. Be sure to add some compost/compost tea, mycorrhizae and organic fertilizer to replenish your soil’s fertility before you plant.  These new premium plants cannot be sold at a discounted price.  (Except this week to members only!)

Here’s what we have: 

  • Bok Choy/Pak Choy Dwarf
  • ‘Ice Bred’ Arugula (especially cold tolerant)
  • Fall Broccoli Raab
  • Tatsoi
  • Kale ‘White Russian’ (especially cold-tolerant)
  • Senposai (delicious mild mustard greens)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Chard ‘Sea Foam’ (tender and delicious)

Ready next week and the following 2 weeks:

  • More Chard, Kale, Arugula and Broccoli Raab
  • Lettuces
  • Spinach

We also have a great selection of Botanical Interests Seeds for cool-season greens.



Monday, August 20 thru August 26: for your special support, you are rewarded with first pick: 20% off all plants except Fruit Trees (including veggie starts – this week only!)25% off books (think Holiday gifts!).  

What does membership mean?  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 we are going to use membership money to buy labels for our demonstration gardens. We know our labeling has been lacking. This will make our gardens more educational.  All of only $20!  (Membership valid from January 1 to December 31, 2018.)  Read more about membership benefits here.

FALL SALE begins for everybody:

Monday, August 27 thru Sept. 2:  20% off most plants except veggies and bulbs. The Deep Discount section will be opened with $1.75 perennials (were $3.95 & $4.95),$.50 Hen and Chicks

September 3 thru 9 enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs & trees.  And 20% off Roses, AND 20% off soil products in big bags and 20% off Compost Tea.

Sept. 10 thru 16 take 25% off perennials, shrubs and trees; 20% off Roses, Fruit Trees and books; and 30% off soil  products in big bags and 30% off Compost Tea.

Sept. 17 thru 23 take 30% off perennials, shrubs and trees, and 40% off soil products in big bags, 20% off Roses, Fruit Trees & Books; Compost Tea- buy one, get one FREE!

Sept. 24 thru Oct. 30: a 30% discount off Perennials, Shrubs and Trees. 20% OFF Roses, Fruit trees & Books And 50% off soil products in big bags; 50% off Compost Tea. 


Opens Monday, August 27 where you will find Golden Columbine, Porter’s Aster, Cheddar Pink Dianthus, Greek Oregano, perennial sunflowers, many sedums, Creeping Phlox, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisies  and MORE: 2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks.  4” perennials in flats of 12 or 15 regular $6.95, full flats ONLY $4.20 each. Mix & Match!


We offer empowering classes with great teachers throughout the season.  Coming soon will be more of our class offerings.  Our teachers have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 to support our speakers and Harlequin’s educational direction. It is best to pre-register for these classes both in case they fill up or too few people register, and we have to cancel. Pre-payment assures your place in the class.  Pre-registration is appreciated and highly recommended for all classes with a quick call to 303-939-9403.  (This list is also available on our website.)

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – EIGHTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Growing Gardens and Slow Food Boulder!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. See above or our website for more.


Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will 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!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & 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.   $15

Sun, Sep 9 at 1 PM – HOW TO MULCH with Mikl Brawner

Weedbarrier, wood chips, straw, fine gravel, bark? Which mulches should be used and where? Why is mulching so important? What’s wrong with redwood and cedar? Mikl will discuss these questions and suggest solutions.   $15  (Photo Credit: The Rock Place)


In this class, you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and what you should know before going out on a hunt. We will also introduce a variety of local mushrooms and their identification features. A good class for beginners as well as those who have done some foraging before.   $15

Sun, Sep 16 at 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. (Repeat of Aug 5.)   $15


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens