May Day Sale & Celebration just a few days away!

MAY DAY SALE & CELEBRATION

JUST DAYS AWAY!

We’re stocking up for our May Dale Celebration and Sale which begins Monday, April 29!  The Sale will continue through May 5 and segues into our unique and delightful May Day Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.  Details about the sale and our May Day Celebration are below.  

In preparation we’ve received delivery upon delivery upon delivery from our propagators and suppliers!  We now have most of our tomato varieties in stock, an amazing selection of other veggies and culinary & medicinal herbs(including 4-packs of Nufar Genovese Basil!), and our annuals selection is growing.  Our hardy, own-root roses are available and ready to plant, including a new batch of roses in quart (4 ½”) pots, and we have lots and lots of neonic-free, pollinator-friendly perennials, natives, shrubs and trees in stock.  See below for some inventory listings.

To boost the success of your plants we also have a great selection of fertilizers, soil amendments and mulches.  

Grow your first, or your most successful ever veggie garden this year!  Our own Mimi Yanus will guide you in her very popular “Getting Started in Veggie Gardening” class this Saturday at 10 AM.  That afternoon at 1:00 Mikl will show you which shrubs should be pruned in the spring and how to do so in his “Spring Pruning Class”.

As our 

region becomes more arid, many people are choosing plants that require less water.  On Sunday at 10 AM Kelly Grummons, owner of Prairie Storm Nursery, will introduce you to “Dryer Plants for a New Landscape Era.”  Wind up the day with John Martin and Kayan Short of Stonebridge CSA Farm, class on “Growing Grapes on the Front Range” They will show how you can successfully grow table grapes and wine grapes on the Colorado Front Range. 

See below for more details and call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!


Help wanted at Harlequin’s Gardens

Doing plant production: planting, watering, weeding, and propagation of organic-no toxic pesticide plants. Physical outdoor work five days a week thru October, possibly later.   
Send your resume to staff@harlequinsgardens.com




Don’t Miss our May Day Plant Sale and Celebration! 

Historically, May Day is a festival of spring and flowers; an old-fashioned holiday that has been celebrated for many centuries, although it isn’t commonly celebrated any more in the modern US. This earth-based celebration is inspired by gratitude for fertility and set at a time when seeds sprout, plants begin growing and baby animals are born.  For Harlequin’s Gardens, this is not just a time to hold a sale, but rather a time to share a true celebration with you, our friends, with live music and dancers.

When Mikl was growing up in Iowa, it was customary for children to make small May Day Baskets out of paper and glue and fill them with flowers or candy.  After leaving the basket on a neighbor’s porch, he would ring their doorbell and run!  

A main-stay of our entertainment is the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers, who dance every May Day, come rain or shine, on behalf of fertility.  They dance all over the County, and have said that we, Harlequin’s Gardens, are their roots because we are an earth-based business connecting with the earth and growing things. 

A fun poem from the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers website colorfully explains more: 

We do it all day, we do it all night, 
because it is, a fertility rite! 
That and the beer. 
And it helps preserve a very old tradition, 
much like drinking beer. 
And it embarrasses our offspring, 
which we laugh about while drinking beer. 
And it’s more fun than aerobics, 
which means we can drink more beer. 
And it makes us attractive to the opposite sex, 
so we can drink beer together. 
And it’s a social activity, 
which includes drinking beer.

Schedule of Events

We have a many other wonderful entertainers joining us on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.  Our musicians, listed below, will provide great music to accompany your browsing. 


APRIL 29 thru MAY 5  

May Day Plant Sale

MAY 4 and 5

Annual May Day Celebration and Cinco de Mayo


SATURDAY, MAY 4 

10 AM: Maroon Bells Morris Dancers bring us fertility and merriment
11:30 AM: enjoy the duo Martian Acres playing classic pop and originals
1:30 PM: move to Bistro Marimba with the music of Zimbabwe

SUNDAY, MAY 5, CINCO DE MAYO

Light refreshments will be served
11:30 AM: Boulder Irish Sessionjig and reel with Boulder’s finest Irish tunes and songs!
1:00 PM: local harpist Margo Krimmel will treat us to the tunes of O’Carolan and other fine melodies
 



May Day Plant Sale beginning Monday, April 29! 

Our Store, Bee Barn, and Plant Shelves swill be full to bursting when you visit!   2019 Members will be eligible for a $10 discount on a $50 or more purchase of plants (excluding roses & fruit trees) during that time frame!

DEEP DISCOUNT PLANTS!

Not the dregs! These are wonderful, neonic-free plants in prime condition, ready for planting in your garden!

MEMBERSHIP

Memberships help Harlequin’s to do those extras that are so valuable to the community but that are not profitable, like: 5 demonstration gardens of Natives, low-water groundcovers, the New Western Garden etc; plus plastic pot recycling; plant and pest identification for customers; hand-outs on many subjects like pollinator plants, how to plant, what blooms in July etc; local seed collecting and propagation, and more.

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.  For a $20 donation, you’ll receive membership for the current calendar year and the following benefits:

1)  Half-price Harlequin’s Class of your choice. (Restricted to regular $15 and $20 classes.)
2)  25% discount on books all year

3)  During the May Day Week get $10 off a $50 or more purchase of plants (excluding 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.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MEMBERS!!!




TOMATO STARTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE 

Below is our current listing of tomatoes.  Please see our website for descriptions. 



WARM-SEASON VEGGIES & HERB STARTS 

Nufar Basil
Okra ‘Jambalaya’
Okra ‘Stelley
Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry

 



COOL-SEASON VEGGIE STARTS 

Artichoke
Arugula
Asian Greens
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Chard
Chinese Cabbage
Cilantro
Collards
Endive
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Onions
Perennial Spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides)

Radicchio
Spinach



ANNUALS 

Amaranth ‘Hopi Red Dye’
Calendula ‘Pacific Beauty’
California Poppy – 5 colors!
Datura meteloides
Datura ‘Purple Currant Swirl’
Desert Bluebells
Ammi majus 
Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’
Marigold ‘Lemon Gem’
Marigold ‘Red Marietta’
Nasturtiums
Sage ‘Blue Monday’
Sage ‘Pink Sunday’
Sweet Alyssum ‘Oriental Nights’
Sweet Alyssum ‘Tiny Tim’

 



APRIL & MAY CLASS LIST

Call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!

Our weekends are loaded with great classes you won’t want to miss! Our customers tell us that our classes have given them tremendous value, with practical and current information from local experts who have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 (unless otherwise stated) for our classes 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. You can register at the nursery, by mail, or by calling 303-939-9403. We are unable to take class registration by email at this time.  Most of our classes run from one-and-a-half to two hours in length, and sometimes longer for hands-on classes, or if there are a large number of questions.  See the complete listing on our website.  

APRIL


Sat, Apr 27 at 10 AM       
GETTING STARTED IN VEGETABLE GARDENING with Mimi Yanus

If you are new to Colorado, new to vegetable gardening, or have been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you. Learn from Mimi what you need to know to make your new organic vegetable garden successful and bountiful, even in Colorado conditions!  (Class repeated by popular demand!)  Class cost: $15

Sat, Apr 27 at 1 PM      
SPRING PRUNING with Mikl Brawner

There are shrubs that should not be pruned in the spring and there are shrubs, roses and vines that are best pruned in spring. Learn which to prune when, and how to prune for strength, beauty, and production of fruit and flowers. (Rescheduled from April 14.  This is not a repeat of the Fall Pruning Class.) Class cost: $15



Sun Apr 28 at 10 AM
DRYER PLANTS FOR A NEW LANDSCAPE ERA with Kelly Grummons

Many beautiful cacti, century plants (Agave spp.), yuccas, and their relatives thrive in our harsh climate. These plants look as good in the winter garden as they do in the summer. Kelly is well known for his work with these hardy plants and is expert at using them in the garden. We’ll discuss companion plants, soil preparation and garden construction. Kelly Grummons is an accomplished Horticulturist, one of our region’s most important plant breeders, and Owner of Prairie Storm Nursery (coldhardycactus.com and dogtuffgrass.com).  Class cost: $20
 

Sun Apr 28 at 1 PM      
GROWING GRAPES ON THE FRONT RANGE with John Martin

Thanks to recent development in grape varieties, you, too can successfully grow table grapes and wine grapes on the Colorado Front Range. This workshop will present an overview of varieties suitable for this region, considerations for site location, trellising options, pest protection measures, and a brush across two basic pruning techniques.  Whether you are interested in fruit or wine, let’s explore how the taste of your grapes and wineswill define this locality. John and his partner, Kayann Short, tend nine different varieties of grapes and make wine at their CSA farm, Stonebridge, in Longmont.  Class cost: $15
 


MAY

Sat, May 11 at 1 PM           
VERMICOMPOSTINGwith John Anderson 

The many ways worms can save the planet – they are nature’s gift that keeps on giving! Worm Man, John Anderson, will explain why and how you can create worm compost. The hope and change we’ve been waiting for right under your feet!  Worms will be available for purchase at the class for $40, plus the class fee of $15.  Call 303-939-9403 to pre-order worms by April 30th at a $5 discount.
 

Sat, May 18 at 10 AM        
GARDENING WITH FRIENDS: INVITING WILDLIFE INTO YOUR GARDEN THROUGH LANDSCAPING with Alison Peck 

Living in a garden humming with life is a joy! Share you yard with birds, butterflies, pollinators and more.  You’ll learn how to provide a home for all life (maybe not deer), and why insects are a gardener’s friend, not the enemy. We’ll discuss overall landscape design strategies, as well as detailed information on plants that provide wildlife habitat, including many native plants. Alison has been designing landscapes for 25 years; she owns Matrix Gardens landscaping. Class cost: $15. 

Sat, May 18 at 1 PM           
SUCCESSFUL HIGH-ALTITUDE LANDSCAPE GARDENING with Irene Shonle

Mountain gardening is a challenge, with the short growing season, cold winters, water rights issues, critters and more. In this class, Irene will talk about ways to work with these challenges, and will discuss a palette of good mountain-hardy perennials, shrubs and trees that are low-water and provide pollinator/bird benefits.Irene Shonle is the Director of CSU Extension in Gilpin County. She holds a PhD in Ecology from U. of Chicago. She teaches and writes about native plants all across the state and is very involved with the Native Plant Master Program. She gardens (mostly with natives) in the mountains at her home and in demo gardens outside the Extension Office. Class cost: $15
 

Sun, May 19 at 10 AM
Tomato Tutelage 
with Kelly Grummons: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GROW GREAT TOMATOES!

This class takes the mystery out of growing good tomatoes in our area. You always hear “It’s a good tomato year” or “It’s a bad tomato year”. Learn how to make EVERY year a “good tomato year”! Kelly will discuss garden soil preparation, culture in the ground and in pots, nutrition, tomato pests and diseases. Learn about the best varieties to grow here and how to maximize your harvest. Kelly Grummons is a horticulturalist and tomato aficionado. Class Cost: $20
 

Sun, May 19 at 1 PM     
BEST FRUIT TREES FOR COLORADO 
with Mikl Brawner

Learn which varieties of fruit trees are successful here, which are not, and which are good flavored: Apples, Cherries, Plums, Pears, Peaches. Mikl’s first orchard was in 1976 and he will teach you how to care for your fruit trees. Class cost: $15
 




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Eve, Mikl
and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens