It’s Time to Jump into Spring!

IT’S TIME TO JUMP INTO SPRING!
(Despite the snowy weather!)  Welcome to our 27th year! Starting off a new season at Harlequin’s Gardens is always a lot of work, but it’s also very exciting! There will be lots of NEW things, including a new front entry sign and planting, great new classes, new potting mixes, new and redesigned display gardens, new additions to our staff and, of course, new plants, including vegetable start varieties. Our opening day will be Friday, March 1, and throughout the month, we’ll be open 4 days a week: from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
 
Here’s a taste of some of our New Plants.  We will be offering the following 2019 Plant Select® introductions, produced by our own wholesale division, so you know they are completely chemical-free, pesticide-free and bee-safe!

SteppeSuns™ ‘Sunset Glow” Penstemon: An excellent new and different color selection of Pineleaf Penstemon with a profusion of glowing soft orange funnel-shaped blooms, this mounding evergreen perennial is long-lived and blooms for a very long season. The nectar-rich flowers attract and feed hummingbirds, honeybees, and native pollinators. ‘Sunset Glow’ thrives in full sun or morning sun in the dry or low-water garden. The unique shade of ‘sherbet’ orange blends well with both pastel and bright colors in the garden. It looks beautiful in masses and as an individual specimen, growing 12-18” high and 18-24” wide. Hardy to USDA zone 4.  (Photo Credit: Emily Goldman.)   


Granita® Orange Ice Plant: A beautiful, new and unique color in hardy Ice Plants. Granita® Orange has proved successful in low-water gardens with well-drained soils, making a dense, 1 to 2”-high, spreading evergreen groundcover, covered with large, bright, iridescent deep orange flowers for much of the growing season. Like other Delosperma varieties, the flowers are open during bright daylight hours, closed at night and on dark days. In our intense sun, they thrive best with some afternoon shade. Hardy to USDA Zone 5.  (Photo Credit: John Stireman.) 


Sucker Punch® Chokecherry: Our friend Scott Skogerboe, head propagator for Fort Collins Nursery, has made many great contributions to Plant Select® over the years. One of his triumphs has been the discovery and successful trialing of a non-suckering Prunus virginiana, our native red-leaf Chokecherry. This break-though makes it possible to use this attractive, small to medium-sized flowering/fruiting native tree in small home landscapes without the nuisance of constant suckering. Thought to be an accidental hybrid with Prunus padus (Mayday Tree, Bird Cherry), it has a more rounded crown, reaching 20-25’ tall and 15-20’ wide, foliage that emerges green, turning purple-red after blooming, and profuse panicles of sweetly fragrant white flowers in early spring that provide an important source of nectar and pollen for honeybees, native bees, and other native pollinators. The fruits are famous for attracting a wide variety of birds and for making delicious preserves! Hardy to USDA zone 3.  (Photo Credit: Gary Epstein.) 


 
TOMATOES!  Enticing new Vegetable varieties, and especially Tomatoes, are being discovered, bred and introduced at a dizzying pace! We get to taste some of the new and exciting Tomato varieties at our annual Taste of Tomato (this year scheduled for Saturday, September 9th). When we meet a new tomato that makes our knees go weak, we add it to our offerings as soon as we can. Here are just a few of our new tomato, and other vegetable, starts for 2019.  You can peruse our entire list of this year’s tomatoes at our website.  Soon we will also be updating all of our website veggie start descriptions!  Thorburn’s Terra-Cotta ~75 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate. Limited Supply!
Our friend Thomas brought this very rare and completely unique tomato to our 2018 Taste of Tomato public tasting (where this remarkable new-old variety took second place in the Slicers category) and we’d never seen anything like it! Incredible color, flavor and history! Introduced in 1893 by J.M. Thorburn & Co. seedsmen of New York, this sensational tomato has glossy/waxy terracotta brown skin, orange-pink flesh, and green seed mass. Dr. William Woys Weaver has spent years growing out and selecting from the seeds he was gifted one hundred years later! His patient and artful work has restored this stunning and delicious, juicy slicer, produces heavily during early/mid-season and then drops off quickly once cool weather sets in. Reviews from gardeners in Colorado reveal that this variety seems to like our hot, dry summers, whereas complaints of cracking came from growers in the wetter upper Midwest and Northwest. When cooked, it will yield a beautiful pumpkin-orange sauce with a floral aroma. Read the back-story, written by Dr. Weaver in 2012. 
  Anna Banana Russian ~75 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
A beautiful bright yellow version of the famous Anna Russian tomato. The fruits are definitively heart-shaped, weigh from 6 to 13 ounces, and have delicious, well-balanced flavor with mild fruitiness. They often have a slight pink blush on the inside. As with many other heart-shaped heirloom tomatoes, the tall vines are skinny, with wispy foliage, and should be staked. ‘Anna Banana Russian’ originated as an accidental cross from Anna Russian that was stabilized by Michael Walker of Ellensburg, Washington.
  Black Icicle    ~75 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
With stunning, 2-3” long and pointed deep purplish-brown fruits, this Ukrainian heirloom tomato looks like a paste tomato but has the deep, rich, complex flavor of the best large dark heirlooms. A great variety for both home gardeners and chefs, it is delicious eaten fresh or cooked down for fabulous sauce. The productive vines are tall and skinny, with wispy foliage.
  Brad’s Atomic Grape ~75 days, OP, Indeterminate.  Very Limited Supply!
Highly productive, open, vining plants with wispy foliage. Large, elongated, pointy grape tomatoes borne in large clusters. Sounds dull, huh?  Well, the colors of these 2-bite gems are extraordinary, and every fruit appears hand-painted! Lavender and purple stripes, orange turning to technicolor olive-green, red, and brown/blue stripes when fully ripe. The olive green interior is blushed with red when dead-ripe. Flavor? They came in second place after Sungold in the Cherry tomato category at our 2018 Taste of Tomato! The fruits are juicy and firm, crack-resistant and exceptionally sweet, which is what many people are looking for in a snacking tomato. The fruit holds well on the vine or off.  This release from Wild Boar Farms also won best in show at the 2017 National Heirloom Expo. Brown Sugar   Mid-season, Open-Pollinated, Indeterminate
Brown Sugar is an open-pollinated Russian commercial variety that provides early production, beautiful color and delicious flavor. A high-yielding, indeterminate, regular-leaf plant, Brown Sugar produces lots of medium-size (~6oz.), round, purple-brown fruits with green shoulders. The deep red interior has rich, complex flavor, a little more sweet than tangy. Very well adapted to colder and short season regions.
  White Tomesol  75-85 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
White Tomesol is not only a beautiful addition to the color palette of tomatoes, but is perhaps the easiest ‘white’ tomato to grow, and full of fragrance and flavor, sweet, rich but mild. The lovely smooth, pale yellow fruits have a pretty blush of pink on the blossom end, and look like a smaller beef-steak type, averaging about 8oz. Fruits with full sun exposure will develop deeper yellow color. The vigorous, disease-resistant vines set heavy yields, producing late into the season and adapting well to difficult growing conditions. We see it as a worthy replacement for the fabulous ‘Moonstone Blanco’, for which we can no longer find seed. Introduced to Seed Savers in 1998 by Dorothy Beiswenger of Crookston, Minnesota.
  Tommy Toe Cherry Tomato ~70 days, Heirloom OP, Indeterminate
Tommy Toe is a great old heirloom from the Ozark Mountains that produces huge numbers of large, 1.5 oz red cherries with old fashioned flavor reminiscent of heirloom ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes. The large, vigorous plants will need staking/trellising to control.
  Black Ethiopian  70-80 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate.  RETURNING!
A wonderful, rare heirloom, variously reported as originating in Ukraine, Russia, or Hungary, despite being  named Ethiopian. Nevertheless, the large, vigorous 4-5’ tall plants yield heavy crops mahogany-bronze, 5-oz., plum-shaped fruits with exceptional, rich flavor that’s both tangy and sweet. At our first annual Taste of Tomato, acclaimed local chef Bradford Heap chose Black Ethiopian as his top favorite.
  Dancing With Smurfs (a.k.a. Indigo Cherry Drops, Blue Cherry) 78-84 days, Open-Pollinated, Indeterminate.  Very limited quantities! 
We are told that this variety is named after the 13th episode of the 13th season of the animated TV series ‘South Park’. We don’t have a television, so don’t ask us!   Bred by Tom Wagner of ‘Green Zebra’ fame, this deep blue/purple cherry tomato is descended from OSU’s anthocyanine line and is very high in powerful antioxidants. In summer heat, the purple coloration is equally visible as the underlying red. But when night temperatures drop, fruits darken to purple-black. Productive, purple-blushed vines to 6’ tall are disease-resistant and bear 1” or larger fruits in clusters of 6-8, with much better flavor than the original ‘blue’ varieties. Described as ‘tart and sweet true-tomato, with faint undertones of rhubarb’.  
MARCH 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 March Class listing below, or on our website.  

  Sat, Mar 2 at 1 PM
Mason Beekeeping with Tom Theobald  
The importance of our native ‘solitary’ bee species to the pollination of our crops, flowers, and native plants is receiving increased attention. For over 30 years, Tom Theobald of Niwot Honey Farm has been propagating one of the most ‘useful’ species, Mason Bees (Blue Orchard Bees), and will teach how to attract and care for these gentle native pollinators. Mason Bees are not a replacement for honeybees, but they are excellent pollinators of the early fruits – cherries, apples, etc.  They stay close to home, don’t sting, don’t require the year-round commitment of a colony of honeybees and provide a great way to introduce children to the world of pollinators. Harlequin’s Gardens will have filled straws (containing male and female adult bees in hibernation) for sale for $12 a straw. 
IMPORTANT: You must RESERVE your Mason Bee straws IN ADVANCE by calling Harlequin’s Gardens at 303-939-9403. Pre-payment of mason bee straws is required. Class cost: $15.  (This class will be repeated on Saturday, March 16th at 1 pm.)
  Sun, Mar 3 at 1 PM
Planting by the Moon & Stars with Mikl Brawner   The moon and planets influence life on Earth. Mikl has been planting by the Biodynamic Calendar for 20 years with great success. Be in-sync with the cosmic rhythms to maximize your garden’s effectiveness and yield. Stella Natura Biodynamic Calendars will be available for sale. Class cost: $15
  Sat, Mar 9 at 10 AM
Introduction to Permaculture with Tara Rae Kent & Daniela Escudero  
Permaculture is a design science that is informed by cycles and patterns in nature. This helps us create more resilient and regenerative systems, whether those systems are gardens, farms, businesses, or events. We will explore the ethics that guide a permaculture design and the principles that help a design take form, as well as real life examples and projects that are a part of our lives. The class will include: 1) an introduction and exploration of the Permaculture Ethics and Principles, 2) real life, active and diverse examples of permaculture designs, and 3) a tour of Harlequin’s Garden’s Permaculture Design.  Free admission!  



  Sat, Mar 9 at 1 PM
Cover Crops for Gardeners: Why, How & Which with Clark Harshbarger  
In the current soil revolution, we are learning how to nurture and care for our soils and the soil life that is the true source of soil fertility. Cover crops are becoming recognized as one of the keys to soil fertility and soil health. When our annual crops die in the fall, if we do not replace those crops with living plants, then the microbes that depend on the nutrients “leaked” into the soil from plant roots, will die or decrease. Besides that, cover crops are a method to use photosynthesis to grow organic matter and nutrients including nitrogen to add to the soil, so we have to buy fewer amendments. In addition, many cover crops support beneficial insects which help control pest insects, and they reduce erosion.
 
But which cover crops do well in Colorado and when do we plant them and when should we cut them, and how do we prevent them from becoming weeds or competitors? And how best to combine them?  Harlequin’s Gardens has been looking for someone to teach us these things, who really knows how to do it in our local conditions. And this year we found the right person. So this is a great opportunity that will not be available next year, because Clark Harshbarger will be moving to eastern US.  For the last two decades, Clark was employed with the USDA-NRCS as a soil scientist and recently as director of Regenerative Farming at MAD Agriculture.
 
We have rented a bigger space than our classroom, but people will have to register ahead of time to make sure they get a seat. Clark’s class will be held at the Boulder Circus Center, next door to Harlequin’s Gardens, south in the big metal building in the Trixie Room.  Register by phone at 303-939-9403This will be a 2 hour class and we will be charging only $20
  Sun, Mar 10 at 1 PM
Fireblight: Pruning, Nutrition & Culture with Mikl Brawner  
Last year was the worst year for this bad bacterial disease of apples and pears. Mikl has had over 40 years of experience with fireblight, and will teach and demonstrate proper pruning, and explain how to bring a tree back to health even if a lot of the tree is blighted. Class cost: $15


  Sat, Mar 16 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 cost: $15.  (This class will be repeated on Saturday, April 6th at 10 am.) 
  Sat, Mar 16 at 1 PM
Mason Beekeeping with Tom Theobald   The importance of our native ‘solitary’ bee species to the pollination of our crops, flowers, and native plants is receiving increased attention. For over 30 years, Tom Theobald of Niwot Honey Farm has been propagating one of the most ‘useful’ species, Mason Bees (Blue Orchard Bees), and will teach how to attract and care for these gentle native pollinators. Mason Bees are not a replacement for honeybees, but they are excellent pollinators of the early fruits – cherries, apples, etc.  They stay close to home, don’t sting, don’t require the year-round commitment of a colony of honeybees and provide a great way to introduce children to the world of pollinators. Harlequin’s Gardens will have filled straws (containing male and female adult bees in hibernation) for sale for $12 a straw. 
IMPORTANT: You must RESERVE your Mason Bee straws IN ADVANCE by calling Harlequin’s Gardens at 303-939-9403. Pre-payment of mason bee straws is required. Class cost: $15.  (Note: this class is a repeat of Tom’s March 2 class.) 
  Sun, Mar 17 at 1 PM
Dwarf Conifers for Gardens and Landscapes with Kirk Fieseler  
A renowned expert in conifers at Laporte Avenue Nursery in Fort Collins, Kirk Fieseler will discuss dwarf conifers for small landscapes and rock gardens. Learn the origins and propagation techniques for dwarf conifers as well as how to grow them in containers and in the garden. Kirk will talk about the most successful species for our climate and soils. Class cost: $15.  (Pictured right: Farmy, P. edulis. Photo by Kirk Fieseler.)
  Wed, Mar 20 – First Day of Spring    



  Sat, Mar 23 at 1 PM 
Get Equipped for Beekeeping with Kristina Williams   For beginning and established beekeepers, alike!  Kristina will demonstrate how to build and crosswire frames. Learn the lingo of beekeeping supplies and take a tour of our Bee Barn. Harlequin’s Gardens is upgrading frames and foundation to be as strong as they can be and still use beeswax. Our resident entomologist and Bee Barn Babe, Kristina Williams, will share her vast knowledge with you!  Free Admission!   (Photo credit, right: Red Hot Pepper) 

  Sun, Mar 24 at 1 PM
Building Topsoil & Fertility with Mikl Brawner  
Mikl will discuss how to support soil life, enrich poor soils, and improve plant health and nutrition from the bottom up: composts, fertilizers, mulching, worms, deficiencies, and tilth. Class cost: $15
  Sun, Mar 31 at 1 PM
Cold Hardy Cacti and Succulents with Kelly Grummons  
We are proud to present acclaimed CO horticulturist Kelly Grummons, director of Prairie Storm Nursery, a business that includes ColdHardyCactus.com and DogTuffGrass.com!  An expert in selection and propagation of rare and unique plants for Colorado, Kelly will discuss a variety of exceptional new winter hardy cacti, agaves, yuccas, and outdoor succulents, and include choosing appropriate sites, soil prep, fertilizing, and ongoing care. Class cost: $20.   (Photo credit, left: ColdHardCactus.com) 
 
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In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl
and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

March In for March Classes

MARCH IN FOR OUR MARCH CLASSES!

We have a great line-up for you!

Hello! Harlequin’s Gardens will soon be opening our doors for another exciting season of gardening!  Our opening day will be Friday, March 1, and throughout the month, we’ll be open 4 days a week: from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

In March, we will be well-stocked with seeds, and asparagus roots, onion starts and potato seed will be arriving. We continue to offer the best products for improving the health of your plants and soil, filling your containers and vegetable beds. As the month progresses, we’ll start bringing in our Organic Vegetable starts for cool-season crops, as well as our ‘grown tough’ cold-hardy perennials, shrubs, trees, and vines.

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 March Class listing below, or on our website


MARCH CLASS LIST

Call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!

Sat, Mar 2 at 1 PM
Mason Beekeeping with Tom Theobald  

The importance of our native ‘solitary’ bee species to the pollination of our crops, flowers, and native plants is receiving increased attention. For over 30 years, Tom Theobald of Niwot Honey Farm has been propagating one of the most ‘useful’ species, Mason Bees (Blue Orchard Bees), and will teach how to attract and care for these gentle native pollinators. Mason Bees are not a replacement for honeybees, but they are excellent pollinators of the early fruits – cherries, apples, etc.  They stay close to home, don’t sting, don’t require the year-round commitment of a colony of honeybees and provide a great way to introduce children to the world of pollinators. Harlequin’s Gardens will have filled straws (containing male and female adult bees in hibernation) for sale for $12 a straw. 
IMPORTANT: You must RESERVE your Mason Bee straws IN ADVANCE by calling Harlequin’s Gardens at 303-939-9403. Pre-payment of mason bee straws is required. Class cost: $15.  (This class will be repeated on Saturday, March 16th at 1 pm.)
 

Sun, Mar 3 at 1 PM
Planting by the Moon & Stars with Mikl Brawner  

The moon and planets influence life on Earth. Mikl has been planting by the Biodynamic Calendar for 20 years with great success. Be in-sync with the cosmic rhythms to maximize your garden’s effectiveness and yield. Stella Natura Biodynamic Calendars will be available for sale. Class cost: $15
 

Sat, Mar 9 at 10 AM
Introduction to Permaculture with Tara Rae Kent & Daniela Escudero  

Permaculture is a design science that is informed by cycles and patterns in nature. This helps us create more resilient and regenerative systems, whether those systems are gardens, farms, businesses, or events. We will explore the ethics that guide a permaculture design and the principles that help a design take form, as well as real life examples and projects that are a part of our lives. The class will include: 1) an introduction and exploration of the Permaculture Ethics and Principles, 2) real life, active and diverse examples of permaculture designs, and 3) a tour of Harlequin’s Garden’s Permaculture Design.  Free admission!  



 

Sat, Mar 9 at 1 PM
Cover Crops for Gardeners: Why, How & Which with Clark Harshbarger  

In the current soil revolution, we are learning how to nurture and care for our soils and the soil life that is the true source of soil fertility. Cover crops are becoming recognized as one of the keys to soil fertility and soil health. When our annual crops die in the fall, if we do not replace those crops with living plants, then the microbes that depend on the nutrients “leaked” into the soil from plant roots, will die or decrease. Besides that, cover crops are a method to use photosynthesis to grow organic matter and nutrients including nitrogen to add to the soil, so we have to buy fewer amendments. In addition, many cover crops support beneficial insects which help control pest insects, and they reduce erosion.
 
But which cover crops do well in Colorado and when do we plant them and when should we cut them, and how do we prevent them from becoming weeds or competitors? And how best to combine them?  Harlequin’s Gardens has been looking for someone to teach us these things, who really knows how to do it in our local conditions. And this year we found the right person. So this is a great opportunity that will not be available next year, because Clark Harshbarger will be moving to eastern US.  For the last two decades, Clark was employed with the USDA-NRCS as a soil scientist and recently as director of Regenerative Farming at MAD Agriculture.
 
We have rented a bigger space than our classroom, but people will have to register ahead of time to make sure they get a seat. Clark’s class will be held at the Boulder Circus Center, next door to Harlequin’s Gardens, south in the big metal building in the Trixie Room.  Register by phone at 303-939-9403This will be a 2 hour class and we will be charging only $20
 

Sun, Mar 10 at 1 PM
Fireblight: Pruning, Nutrition & Culture with Mikl Brawner  

Last year was the worst year for this bad bacterial disease of apples and pears. Mikl has had over 40 years of experience with fireblight, and will teach and demonstrate proper pruning, and explain how to bring a tree back to health even if a lot of the tree is blighted. Class cost: $15


 

Sat, Mar 16 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 cost: $15.  (This class will be repeated on Saturday, April 6th at 10 am.) 
 

Sat, Mar 16 at 1 PM
Mason Beekeeping with Tom Theobald  

The importance of our native ‘solitary’ bee species to the pollination of our crops, flowers, and native plants is receiving increased attention. For over 30 years, Tom Theobald of Niwot Honey Farm has been propagating one of the most ‘useful’ species, Mason Bees (Blue Orchard Bees), and will teach how to attract and care for these gentle native pollinators. Mason Bees are not a replacement for honeybees, but they are excellent pollinators of the early fruits – cherries, apples, etc.  They stay close to home, don’t sting, don’t require the year-round commitment of a colony of honeybees and provide a great way to introduce children to the world of pollinators. Harlequin’s Gardens will have filled straws (containing male and female adult bees in hibernation) for sale for $12 a straw. 
IMPORTANT: You must RESERVE your Mason Bee straws IN ADVANCE by calling Harlequin’s Gardens at 303-939-9403. Pre-payment of mason bee straws is required. Class cost: $15.  (Note: this class is a repeat of Tom’s March 2 class.) 
 

Sun, Mar 17 at 1 PM
Dwarf Conifers for Gardens and Landscapes with Kirk Fieseler  

A renowned expert in conifers at Laporte Avenue Nursery in Fort Collins, Kirk Fieseler will discuss dwarf conifers for small landscapes and rock gardens. Learn the origins and propagation techniques for dwarf conifers as well as how to grow them in containers and in the garden. Kirk will talk about the most successful species for our climate and soils. Class cost: $15.  (Photo credit: HGTV.com)

 

Wed, Mar 20 – First Day of Spring  

Sat, Mar 23 at 1 PM 
Get Equipped for Beekeeping with Kristina Williams  

For beginning and established beekeepers, alike!  Kristina will demonstrate how to build and crosswire frames. Learn the lingo of beekeeping supplies and take a tour of our Bee Barn. Harlequin’s Gardens is upgrading frames and foundation to be as strong as they can be and still use beeswax. Our resident entomologist and Bee Barn Babe, Kristina Williams, will share her vast knowledge with you!  Free Admission!   (Photo credit, right: Red Hot Pepper) 

 

Sun, Mar 24 at 1 PM
Building Topsoil & Fertility with Mikl Brawner  

Mikl will discuss how to support soil life, enrich poor soils, and improve plant health and nutrition from the bottom up: composts, fertilizers, mulching, worms, deficiencies, and tilth. Class cost: $15
 

Sun, Mar 31 at 1 PM
Cold Hardy Cacti and Succulents with Kelly Grummons  

We are proud to present acclaimed CO horticulturist Kelly Grummons, director of Prairie Storm Nursery, a business that includes ColdHardyCactus.com and DogTuffGrass.com!  An expert in selection and propagation of rare and unique plants for Colorado, Kelly will discuss a variety of exceptional new winter hardy cacti, agaves, yuccas, and outdoor succulents, and include choosing appropriate sites, soil prep, fertilizing, and ongoing care. Class cost: $20.   (Photo credit, left: ColdHardCactus.com) 
 


AVAILABLE POSITIONS  

We Would Love for You to Join Our Team!

Our nursery provides a busy, fun and stimulating work environment. We’re looking for positive, energetic and dedicated folks who love plants, love people, learn fast, and are dedicated to an organic approach; earth-minded folks who would like to be part of a successful eco-nursery with a great reputation, contributing to our continued success and to the education and sustainable success of our gardening community. Significant experience in nursery or other plant-related work and/or studies is greatly preferred.  Positions involve energetic outside work and are great opportunities to learn in a friendly, healthy atmosphere.  We carry many unusual plants and products, and we will provide training and many learning opportunities. Among our specialties are Natives, Xeriscape plants, Pollinator-supporting plants, Hardy Roses, superior soil amendments, and an astonishing selection of organic vegetable and herb starts.

Please take a look at the positions we are offering, and if any of them sounds like a good fit for you, please respond as soon as possible by sending your resume to Staff@HarlequinsGardens.com or call 303-939-9403If you know someone who may be interested but is not on our email list, go ahead and forward this message to them. To become more familiar with our nursery and specialties, view our website

FULL-TIME ASSISTANT TO MIKL

This key position will be to help to Mikl, our co-owner, be more effective.  This position involves organic plant and pest management, as well as some construction and deliveries. This position involves energetic outside work and is a great opportunity to learn in a friendly, healthy atmosphere.

FULL-TIME PROPAGATION & PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 

Get your hands dirty!  As an aid to our propagator, Gary Meis, this position will involve the propagation and production of organic perennials and shrubs. This position involves energetic outside work and is a great opportunity to learn in a friendly, healthy atmosphere.

FULL or PART-TIME GARDEN MAINTENANCE position for person with some Horticulture/ Nursery/ Gardening experience

Outdoor work; duties include maintenance of display gardens and non-toxic pest management of container plant stock (weeding, cleaning, fertilizing, pest-control applications, some watering, planting, soil prep). Requires reliability, efficiency, good communication & record-keeping skills, attention to detail, desire to learn, physical exertion.






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Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information and photos! We’re looking forward to seeing you when we open on Friday, March 1!  In March we are open every Thursday-Sunday, 9-5.
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl
and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

HOLIDAY MARKET FINAL WEEK NEWS!

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Sun., Dec. 23

10 am to 5 pm



WINTER WATERING ALERT!

Oh my! The weather’s lovely, but DRY!  We recommend that you get out there and water your landscape while you can this week. All this sun and wind, and no rain or snow, is stressful to most of our trees, shrubs and perennials, unless they are xeric natives.  If the ground is not frozen, be sure to give your garden a thorough watering if there’s been less than 2″ of natural precipitation in the previous 4 weeks.

Through the winter, pay attention to the amount of precipitation your garden receives.  In our often dry and windy winters, new plantings, evergreens, and roses and most any plant that was planted in September or October, are especially vulnerable, and are more likely to suffer or die from dehydration than from cold.  Evergreens continue to transpire (give off water) during the winter, because they have leaves or needles. If these plants cannot take up water, they will dehydrate and suffer, not showing injury until it’s too late. And roses, with their green-skinned canes, are far more likely to perish in winter from dehydration than from cold temperatures.

Water once or twice a month, in late morning or early afternoon so that the water has time to sink in before it freezes. Aside from conifers, some other evergreen plants that will benefit from some winter watering are Manzanita, Kinnickinnick, Scotch Broom, Spanish Broom, Hardy Jasmine, Oregon Grape Holly, and the evergreen Euonymus selections. Sagebrush, Curl-leaf and Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany, and Ephedra are probably fine without supplemental winter water, as long as they had adequate time to establish.



 

ONE MORE WEEK!

There’s one more week of our Holiday Market, this Thursday through Sunday, and we still have wonderful gift selections for you – in fact, we have re-stocked many favorites and even ADDED a few new items!

This is also a great time to look ahead for birthday, anniversary, graduation, host and hostess gifts for 2019!  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have access to some of the finest locally crafted artisan creations; products that won’t be here after this week!

We also want to remind our Members that current 2018 members can still take advantage of their 25% discount off books! No shipping, easy parking, and low sales tax! Move over, Amazon!  You can also view our full Holiday Market Catalog on our website.

Bear’s Ears Designs

We are introducing a new artisan this week, Bear’s Ears Designs, aka our friend Berit Naeseth.  Berit has a MFA with concentrations in Sculpture and Furniture Design, and has taught extensively. But we think her best credentials are her imagination and her passion for making things. She creates playful pieces, large and small, with all kinds of (mostly natural) materials. Berit has just brought us some of her ceramic and recycled wood pieces, including some ingeniously simple and practical trivets, shown right.

Cultura Chocolate 

We have also restocked several varieties of delicious Cultura Chocolate minibars including Whiskey Nips, Expresso Sea salt, and Mexican Spice.  A Denver-based, micro-batch, bean-to-bar artisan chocolate, Cultura is produced in one of Denver’s ‘maker spaces’ called the Art Gym. They use only beans from ethically-sourced and organic cacao farms in Latin America, which they hand sort, crack, roast, winnow, grind, conche, temper and mold to bring out the richest aromas and flavors and the smoothest textures.  We also have their irresitible Mexican Drinking Chocolate!

Retuned Jewelry 

Retuned Jewelry makes striking, stylish and affordable bracelets, earrings and necklaces for gals and guys from repurposed, used guitar strings. Did you know that because of the various alloys used to make guitar strings, they are extremely difficult to recycle? At least 700 tons of strings end up in the dump every year.  Retuned works with local musicians and music shops to collect used strings that would have otherwise been thrown away. Their jewelry, made by Christina and her husband in Frederick CO, gives these hard-working strings new life and allows their stories to live on. We think they are a perfect fit for our Holiday Gift Market, don’t you?

Additional restocked items include, and are pictured below: 

Traditional Majolica Ceramics

Such gorgeous cups and desert bowls!

Leo’s Dry Goods

Beautiful and practical tea towels.

20# Tabby

Cheryl Netter’s  felted bird ornaments have flown off the shelf!  This is our fourth and final restock.

Seed Ranch Hot Sauces

David Delcourt’s delicious ‘farm to bottle’ ‘hot’ sauces (one is very mild) that are made right here in Boulder!

Handmade Smudge Sticks

from our friend Furry Foote, the elder who lives in the foothills.



 


A FEW MORE SPECIAL PRODUCTS

  

Spiders in Your Neighborhood book – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Better late than never: We were finally able to obtain more of this fascinating and delightful little book, just in time for stocking stuffers and last-minute gifts!

Scary? Maybe. Cool? Definitely.  Author Pat Stadille used to be terribly afraid of these eight-legged daddies, until he started learning more about them. Now spiders are his best friends! As a nature enthusiast, we have a feeling you’re going to feel the same way, once you hear about their silky skills, hunting habits, and generally shy and gentle nature. Learn about jumpers, wolf spiders, tarantulas, and, of course, the black widow!

Spiders in Your Neighborhood features detailed drawings and photos of the critters you’ll find, and sections on types of webs, how and where to discover spiders, spider anatomy, common relatives… even a spidey quiz to test your creepy crawly knowledge. So, grab a flashlight and your sleuthing kit and join Pat ”Spiderman” Stadille on a journey around your backyard that will leave you spinning with excitement.  This small book is suitable for any age.

‘Rough Beauty’ by Karen Auvinen

We are proud to feature ‘Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living’ by friend and local author Karen Auvinen, an award-winning poet, mountain woman, and teacher. Her memoir, in the evocative, contemplative spirit of such writers as Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams is an “outstanding…beautiful story of resilience” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a luminous, lyric exploration, “a narrative that reads like a captivating novel…a voice not found often enough in literature—a woman who eschews the prescribed role outlined for her by her family and discovers her own path” (Christian Science Monitor) to embrace the unpredictability and grace of living intimately with the forces of nature.

Robin Chocolate

Longmont chocolatier and pastry chef Robin Autorino refers to her award-winning artisan chocolate creations as edible art – art for your eyes and your mouth.She combines her exceptional artistry and fine ingredients to create little masterpieces that taste as good as they look. We love them, and are offering assortments of her truffles in handsome boxes of 4, 6, 8 or 12.  “I want my ganache to be bold,” Robin says. “I want the Key lime pie truffle to give you some pucker. I want the espresso to bring you the same comfort as your morning cup.”

Third Wolf Designs

We’re very happy to introduce Third Wolf Designs’ tee shirts for men and women into our Holiday Market this year. Alexa Varano paints her original designs on each individual piece of sustainably and ethically produced clothing with a paintbrush in her Denver studio – no screen-printing here! We’ve chosen three of our favorite designs in two different tee shirt styles. The flattering scoop-necked women’s shirts are made of silky soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, fast-drying bamboo (70%) and organic cotton (30%), guaranteed not to shrink. The unisex classic crew-neck tee-shirts in men’s sizes are made of 100% hemp, another great natural fiber, durable and soft!  And both styles are guaranteed not to shrink!  Alexa is a young woman on a joyful adventure in sustainable business that combines her passion for sharing uplifting and healing symbology with her passions for making art and making personal connections through her art and business.


STOCKING STUFFERS GALORE – ALL of THESE and MORE!!





TAKE ADVANTAGE of PERFECT WEATHER for PLANTING BULBS at HALF PRICE!

Our outdoor bulbs have been further discounted and are now 50% off!

Allium

christophii, moly, ‘Rosenbachianum’, ‘Graceful Beauty’
Beautiful, easy, and nectar-rich blossoms for you and the bees!

Crocus

‘E.P. Bowles’, ‘Gipsy Girl’
Tough, early, beautiful, easy, naturalizing, golden flowers!

Indoor bulbs are also 50% off!

Paperwhite Narcissus makes a wonderful holiday gift!


DOOR PRIZES!

Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!   In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 23!  To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form.  (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)


Wishing you all a heart-warming and meaningful holiday season.  We hope to see you soon!  

Eve & Mikl

and the Most Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

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HOLIDAY MARKET FOURTH WEEK NEWS!

HOLIDAY MARKET FOURTH WEEK NEWS!

Open Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Sun., Dec. 23

10 am to 5 pm

With all the choices of holiday markets in our area, we are very appreciative of your enthusiastic support of our market! We work hard at providing you the very best products and the best experience for your holiday shopping, and you have let us know that you are very happy with the results! If you have a few minutes, we’d love for you to LOVE us on social media and online reviews!

We also want to remind our Members that current 2018 members can still take advantage of their 25% discount off books! No shipping, easy parking, and low sales tax! Move over, Amazon!

We have restocked a number of your favorite products this week, including Amy Mundiger’s felted flower brooches, Khala Cloths’ pretty and practical beeswax wraps, embroidered tea towels from Leo’s Dry Goods, Kristina’s handmade native bee houses, molded beeswax candles by Amberlights, and hand-dipped, tapered beeswax candles by Niwot Honey. We also got in more Trementina traditional pinyon salves, more adorable pottery and embossed paper cards by Lois Edgar, delectables from Robin Chocolates and Smart Cookie Barkery, along with a number of toys and books for children! 

You can also view our full Holiday Market Catalog on our website.

SPECIAL GIFTS for SPECIAL INTERESTS

Finding the right gift for people with special interests without going to 20 different stores can be challenging.  Let us help you fill that niche with our thoughtful, useful, and beautiful gifts!

KNITTING & CROCHETING

Jayne Bramley – Rose & the Wren Project Bags 

Jayne Bramley makes these beautiful and practical bags, both draw-string and zippered, that are essential for crafters working with balls of yarn. They keep your yarn feeding freely without rolling around on the floor, and keep crochet hooks, shorter knitting needles, scissors, measuring tape, and other essentials close at hand. Eve loves using hers when warping her rigid-heddle loom and winding yarn onto shuttles. Each bag is handmade in Longmont, in a variety of fun fabrics.

Jayne grew up in England but uses the ever-changing Colorado landscapes as inspiration for her colorful designs. She combines different fabric textures and colors to create unique bags. Her project bags will inspire you to start crafting!  Jayne named her business after her paternal Grandfather, who was an avid rosarian, and Jayne’s mother, who instilled in her a love for textiles and whose nickname is Jenny Wren. 

 

EXPLORING the NATURAL WORLD

Super Illuminated Loupe

This very small, extremely high quality 12x power magnifier is great for getting a closer look at what’s bugging your plants, taking out splinters, or helping to identify flowers, insects and details of all kinds.

Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region book (hot off the press!) by Denver Botanic Gardens  

Authored by 11 staff experts, Denver Botanic Gardens’ new publication – “Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region” – is now available! This Timber Press field guide is designed to be an easy-to-use portable photographic reference in the field. It also includes range maps for each individual plant entry for easy identification.

This book provides plant identification details for 1,200 species of wildflowers (including some shrubs) throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and Canada. Through a simple key system based on flower color, petal arrangement and leaf type, users will be able to identify both common and rare species in the landscape. The guide is broken down into three subregions – the Northern Rockies, the Central or Middle Rockies and the Southern Rockies – and divides plant communities by elevational zones: steppe, foothills, montane, subalpine and alpine.

Plants chosen for inclusion represent the full spectrum of the region’s natural communities, both those that are common and those that are unusual or rare. While the focus of this book is the identification of plants native to the region, some naturalized non-native flora found in natural habitats are also covered.

Meet the Natives book by Dan Johnson

To the millions of people who visit the Rocky Mountain region each and every year, Meet the Natives has long aided in the identification of the diverse and appealing plant life found in its many ecosystems. In order to meet the great demand for an up to-date and comprehensive book, this classic guide has been revised and updated. This edition is the first to feature full color photography. Over 400 plants are identified.

 

Fred Hall Petrified Wood – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Our friend Fred is a dedicated ‘rock hound’, with a special passion for meteorites and petrified wood. His expeditions in Utah have yielded some wonderful specimens from the Jurassic era, including segments of small branches in which the exterior bark texture has been preserved, and the interiors have been replaced with vividly multicolored agate. Fred has polished the top surface of each specimen to reveal the beauty of the agate. Each piece comes with an identification tag and a text explaining the process by which petrified wood was formed. Sizes will probably range from 1” to 5” in height, varying widths.

CRAFTING

Helen Hiebert 12 Months of Paper Calendar

Helen Hiebert’s 12 Months of Paper calendar will inspire anyone, young or old, to work with paper in new, exciting and fun ways. Helen now makes her home near Vail, CO, and is an internationally renowned artist who has been exploring paper for decades, stretching and redefining its possibilities and character. She has produced a number of books and films on paper craft, and knows how to make it accessible and exciting. The calendar offers illustrated instructions for making a new paper project every month, and comes with a template for cutting the pieces.   

For the CULINARY AFICIONADO

Ambrosia Glassworks

Angelo Ambrosia (yes, that’s his wonderful real name!), opened Ambrosia Glass Art Studio in Longmont in 2004, and he’s been creating one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass sculptures and vessels ever since. One-of-a-kind locally hand-blown glass Beer Steins will add some class to the enjoyment of a beer-lover’s home-brew or favorite local micro-brew.  He also teaches glassblowing there, and guides his pupils with gentle and patient expertise. Angelo is renowned for his colorfully patterned vessels and light fixtures, ranging from playful to sophisticated. We are delighted to offer some of his small pieces for the gift-giving season.

Atelier Foucault

Marie Foucalt has brought us some stunning pairs (and singles) of glasses and goblets to enhance the experience of sipping a fine wine, martini or brandy. She finds most of her pieces in thrift stores and transforms them into elegant works of art that are very affordable!

CAMPING / HIKING / SKIING / RELAXING

Trek Light Gear

These colorful nylon hammocks and packs are Boulder-designed, fair-trade produced and thoughtfully designed to be incredibly comfortable and durable, holding up to 400 lbs. They come in sizes to serve as everything from a hanging chair or gear-holder to a perfect bed for two. They’re also easy to clean, last for many years, and scrunch down into a little-bitty stuff-sack for easy, lightweight travel. The Bindle Pack emerges from its really tiny stuff-sack to serve as the perfect day-pack once you’ve set up your base camp. Or around town! Trek Light hammocks are not just for lounging and snuggling. Many customers have found that TL hammocks gave them their first sound sleep without back pain in years. They then ditched their mattresses (of all kinds) and have slept in heavenly peace ever since!

The Natural First Aid Handbook by Brigitte Mars 

Cayenne pepper can stop bleeding. Garlic helps alleviate a toothache. Honey soothes a burn. When an emergency situation arises, simple home remedies can play a vital role in easing symptoms and providing immediate help. Become an effective first responder with a combination of best first-aid practices, herbs, and standard homeopathic applications. This quick-reference handbook spells out hundreds of life-saving techniques, commonsense tips, and time-tested herbal remedies that everyone should know. From how to perform basic CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver to the best immediate response to natural disasters, you’ll find the most practical, effective actions to take to ensure survival.  Compact and easy to bring along in your backpack or camper! 

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies

Don’t be fooled by the title; a lot of the area covered is in Colorado, including Denver, Boulder and Ft. Collins. This is a very good plant ID book from by Mary O’Brien & Karen Vail with interesting descriptions. In addition, it’s an excellent herbal, giving both medicinal and edible uses. Highlighted in yellow are important “cautions”. It is presented in a respectful way, honoring nature as did the Ute Indians who pioneered the use of these plants. For example, did you know that Gambel Oak “…is a good back country first aid plant to know, using the leaves as a poultice or wash for insect bites and wounds, or chewing a piece of the bark for toothaches….” Good photos. These local gals really know their stuff. Highly recommended.

HOMEGROWN HERBS

In the best-selling Homegrown Herbs, renowned herbalist Tammi Hartung gives you all the information you need to grow a long list of useful hardy herbs in Colorado. At their Canyon City, CO nursery, she and her husband Chris have been growing both popular and unusual organic herb plants for decades.  You can enjoy a thriving, fragrant herb garden and use your harvest to bring beauty, flavor, and health to your everyday life. Hartung provides in-depth profiles of 101 popular herbs, including information on seed selection, planting, maintenance, harvesting, and drying. Hartung also shows you how to use your herbs in a variety of foods, home remedies, body care products, and crafts. Whether you’re a seasoned herbalist or planting your first garden, Homegrown Herbs will inspire you to get the most out of your herbs.

Engrid’s Leg Warmers, Boot Cuffs and Luxury Socks – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Our own Engrid Winslow hand knits these soft, warm, beautiful and practical wool leg warmers and boot cuffs that will keep you fashionably warm during and after winter sport activities.  We also have her beautiful wool socks crafted in washable wool/poly blend and Pashmina yarns, in lovely color blends with reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men. Quantities are limited.

Kisu – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Created by Pamela Clum’s Plum Botanicals, a small fair-trade organic skin-care line based here in Boulder. This long-lasting lip balm is based on wild-collected African shea butter from a womens’ cooperative, and scented with the marvelous, unique, citrus-y essential oil of neroli. Shea butter is a natural sun-blocker, so it really helps prevent chapping in all seasons. Kisu is, by far, Eve’s favorite lip balm.

EXPLORATION

Zometool

It’s a toy for kids of all ages. It’s a tool for scientists and educators. It’s a medium for artists. It’s the winner of 22 awards and counting. And it’s a unique LOCAL product, the brainchild of our innovative friend and neighbor Paul Hildebrandt, also a founder of Eco-Cycle. Inspired by the ground-breaking, visionary work of Steve Baer and Clark Richert, who developed the underlying geometry, Paul began producing Zometool kits in 1992.

Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range

Get close to swallowtails, fritillaries, monarchs, blues, and other Colorado butterflies while learning about their miraculous transformations and unique adaptations. Striking photos and clear descriptions make it easy to identify common species. A month-by-month occurrence chart reveals when and where to look for your favorite butterflies.  Written by our local naturalists Janet R. Chu and Stephen R. Jones.

COOKING & HEALING WITH PLANTS

Foraging & Feasting Book – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We are very excited to offer this ground-breaking book again! Foraging & Feasting celebrates and reclaims the lost art of turning locally gathered wild plants into highly nutritious, delicious meals, a traditional foodway long practiced by our ancestors but neglected in modern times. The stunning, instructive botanical illustrations and delicious, enlightening recipes offer an adventurous and satisfying way to eat locally and seasonally, and present creative ways to bring wild edibles into our lives.  We share this project with you out of our long commitment to connecting with nature through food and art. The effort weaves together acclaimed herbalist Dina Falconi’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild-plant identification, foraging, and cooking with Wendy Hollender’s masterful botanical illustrations. In Part Three you’ll find more than 100 master recipes and countless variations formulated to help you easily turn wild plants into delectable salads, soups, beverages, meat dishes, desserts, and a host of other culinary delights.

Kitchen Botany

Would you like to learn botany while you cook? Our own Garima Fairfax’s unique cookbook joins botany and the pleasure of creative cooking. She combines foods which are closely related to each other in order to help learn who is related to whom. Garima continues to receive great reviews from people who have purchased and used her book.  Eating is a very effective (and fun) way to help retain what you learn!

 

 

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

Katrina Blair is the author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is about healing ourselves both in body and in spirit, in an age where technology, commodity agriculture, and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence. But if we can become familiar with these thirteen edible survival weeds found all over the world, we will never go hungry, and we will become closer to our own wild human instincts—all the while enjoying the freshest, wildest, and most nutritious food there is.

BEEKEEPING

Harlequin’s Gardens has loved and supported bees for a long, long time. We also know that many of our customers already keep  honey bees, would like to learn how, or would just like to learn more about how to support bees and other pollinators.  So, several years ago we transformed the back portion of our building into The Bee Barn (painted the color of honey, of course!).  It’s continued to grow and change with the needs of bees and our customers. (Photo Credit, left: Red Hot Pepper Studio.)

Our Bee Barn is full of a good selection, featuring locally sourced products where possible.  We feature 8 and 10 frame Langstroth hive equipment (both assembled and unassembled) and real beeswax foundation.  We have a locally constructed top bar hive made with rough cut beetle-kill pine, a window and a screened bottom. Come and check out our great selection of tools and accessories, protective gear, feeding and bee health supplies, and great books.

Whether you’re a new or continuing beekeeper, our staff beekeepers can  answer questions and give advice. You’ll find our prices are quite reasonable.  We have Beekeepers Shopping Lists for Beginners, Seasonal, and Holiday Gift Giving to help guide your selections.  Kristina Williams, our own local bee expert will be on hand on Dec. 20 and 23 to help tailor your bee-gifting.

Return of Native Bees!
The Front Range is home to over 500 species of native bees.  These mostly solitary bees did ALL of the bee pollinating before the introduction of honey bees from Europe in the 1600s.  They love our weather, soils and native plants.  And we love them!  We’ve partnered with Crown Bees to bring you a selection of products to help you culture these gentle hole nesting bees such as woolcarder, mason, and leafcutter bees using responsible, sustainable, clean culture methods.  In spring we’ll be partnering again with Tom Theobald, a local mason bee cultivator, to sell tubes of mason bee larvae that are absolutely locally adapted and won’t introduce diseases from other parts of the country.  WE EXPECT THIS TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019 – be sure to stay tuned to find out the final date and time!  Here are some great gift options in order of the pictures.

  1. Native Bee Chalet: for placing nesting tubes for the current season and an attic for placing the previous seasons bees to emerge this season.
  2. Pollinator Pack: Tubes in an assortment of sizes and materials provide nesting holes for a variety of our native bees.
  3. InviteaBee Plus Pheromone (scent):  an extra enticement for mason bees to use your nesting site.
  4. Native Bee Guide Booklet: a brief introduction to just some of the bee species that may nest in your native bee house.
  5. The Mason Bee Revolution book: for those who are seriously into mason bees.
  6. Reusable cardboard mason bee tubes with disposable paper liners: the system Tom Theobald uses for those interested in spring mason bees in particular.

GARDENING

Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificate

Not sure what to give?  Consider giving a Gift Certificate to Harlequin’s Gardens!  Our Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and are valid for up to one calendar year. With a gift certificate, your recipients can select from our wide array of neonic-free plants, soil products, gardening and bee-keeping tools and supplies, and more!  Visit our store to purchase, mail-in your order with a check payment, or call 303-939-9403 and have your credit card handy!

Japanese Knife-Weeder (Hori Hori)

Reviewed by our Deb: “This is the best all-around tool ever!  Whenever I go out into the garden with no particular task in mind (other than peace of mind putzing) I grab this tool.  It can dig, saw into fat roots, slice into bindweed roots with the pointed tip, it’s wonderful.  I have a sheath for it which slides nicely onto a regular belt or garden-tool belt. I love using it for planting bulbs as I can make a deep, small hole.  If I could only have one tool forever, I would choose this one.”

Stella Natura Astrological Planting Calendar 2019

The Stella Natura Wall Calendar is an easy-to-use, informative and beautiful planting and gardening calendar that shows the best times to take advantage of the cosmic influences of the moon, sun and planets. This is a research-based system that is used by Biodynamic farmers and gardeners.  We have been using this calendar for over 25 years and believe it has helped with germination of seeds, root development of cuttings, and healthy plant development. More than just a calendar – it’s packed with valuable information and insights for successful growing, from seed to harvest.  

Super Illuminated Loupe

This very small, extremely high quality 12x power magnifier is great for getting a closer look at what’s bugging your plants, taking out splinters, or helping to identify flowers, insects and details of all kinds.

West County Gardening Gloves

We love West County gloves!  They are made from recycled plastic bottles, are very durable and stand-up to several seasons of tough gardening. They are machine washable and retain their shape.  And they come in great colors and patterns!  We carry their Work Glove, Rose Gauntlet, Mud Glove and Grip Glove, all in a range of sizes.  If you give these gloves as a gift, be assured that the recipient is welcome to exchange them for a different in-stock size, as long as they are still unused and in their original packaging.

FOR OUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS

Canine Cardigans

Don’t leave your chilly dog out in the cold! If your best friend shivers on those winter walks, Canine Cardigans has the perfect solution: fine handcrafted, well-fitting dog sweaters from up-cycled cashmere, wool & other natural fabrics. Connie re-purposes unwanted vintage and second hand “people” sweaters into unique and fun dog sweaters in her Englewood CO workshop. She sources these sweaters from estate sales, yard sales, and thrift shops. She tells us “Once I find sweaters to use, I bring them home, wash and dry on hot and the ones that survive that make the cut to become dog coats. I also use most of the scrap in creating patchwork coats and sweaters so very little goes to waste and ends up in the landfill. I do all the creating, cutting and sewing in my lovely workroom at home”. Connie loves taking the unique features of each sweater into account as she transforms them into well-fitting dog coats. We are offering an assortment of her delightful sweaters for smaller breeds. While she’s at it, Connie ends up with all those cashmere sleeves, and rather than let them go to waste, she sews them into lovely, super-cozy fingerless arm/hand-warmers for those of us at the other end of the leash.  

Carbon Pawprint

Colorado-based Carbon Pawprint offers pets bowl mats made from reclaimed yoga mats, which are collected from local studios and practitioners. These dishwasher-safe mats help keep food bowls in place and protect your home’s floor from water (and drool) damage. Your furry friends will surely bark their approval knowing that you bought a unique, one-of-a-kind pet accessory while helping to reduce environmental waste and that a percentage of Carbon Pawprint’s profits are shared with local animal rescue organizations and charities!  

Smart Cookie Barkery

Doesn’t your dog deserve a gift? What does your dog love the best, besides you, and fetching? Good food, of course! Smart Cookie is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, where Scott and Bri Bradley make all-natural dehydrated treats and jerky for dogs. Their endeavor is founded on the principle that your dog’s treats should be custom tailored to what your dog(s) need to maintain their best possible health, and be yummy as well. Smart Cookie products are made from scratch in small batches, using fresh, wholesome, human-grade ingredients – real meats that they grind in-house, vegetables and fruits – then dehydrated to retain maximum nutritional value. Their treats are grain-free and soy-free, and have no artificial ingredients.   

BULBS, JUST AS MANY FOR HALF THE PRICE!


Our outdoor bulbs have been further discounted and are now 50% off!

Narcissus

‘Hawera’, ‘Pipit’

Allium

christophii, moly, ‘Rosenbachianum’, ‘Graceful Beauty’

Crocus

‘E.P. Bowles’, ‘Gipsy Girl’

Iris

‘Danfordiae’

Tulipa

linifolia, ‘Tinka’

And

Galanthus elwesii (Snowdrops)

Indoor bulbs are also 50% off!

Five gorgeous varieties of Amaryllis ‘Minerva’, plus Paperwhite Narcissus!

Door Prizes!

Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!   In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 23!  To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form.  (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)

Wishing you all a heart-warming and meaningful holiday season.  We hope to see you soon!  

Eve & Mikl

and the Most Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

HOLIDAY MARKET THIRD WEEK NEWS!

Open Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Sun., Dec. 23

10 am to 5 pm

Greetings! We have been enjoying our local & sustainable holiday gift market enormously; among other things, it gives us the chance to see, help, and chat with many of our favorite people. And it appears that you all are enjoying it, too, which makes us very happy!

Amidst the celebrations of the season, a very important report on Global Climate Change from scientists in thirteen government agencies was quietly released on the day after Thanksgiving.  Although the current occupant of the Oval Office dismisses it, saying he “doesn’t believe it”, we do believe it. And we believe it is of the utmost importance for all of us to pay attention. We recommend you go to Global Change and look for Summary Findings for the overview.

In light of these findings and the urgent need for major changes to our policies and priorities, we hope you will take the opportunity to join us in signing and sharing a petition to local, national and international leaders from AVAAZ, one of the most effective world-wide responsible action groups we know, by going to the AVAAZ Petition Page.

RE-STOCKING

It’s our Third Week, and we are expecting to receive lots of popular items to restock. Of course many of our offerings are one-of-a-kind, but if you hesitated on an earlier visit and then found the tempting item sold out, you just might find it, or something very much like it, this Thursday through Sunday.


SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEKEND!

 

Saturday, December 8, 2:00-3:00 pm
Temari Demonstration

DIANE PATTERSON

This Saturday, December 8, starting at 2:00 pm join our customer and friend Diane Patterson as she shows us how she makes these wonderful ornaments, called Temari, which date back to ancient Japan, where Temari was originally a handcraft of upper class women. Intricate designs were embroidered on handmade balls using silk threads from kimonos. The balls were used as toys. Temari are unique, beautiful, colorful gifts. Attractive hanging as a single ornament, grouped in a bowl, used in a centerpiece, given as a housewarming gift, or simply to hold and admire, they will be treasured for many years. 

Sunday, December 9, from 2:00 pm
Scarf Weaving Demonstration

EVE RESHETNIK BRAWNER

On Sunday, December 9 from 2 P.M. on, our very own Eve will bring her rigid heddle loom and be available to show you how she weaves her scarves on this small, simple loom!  Eve wondered why, in all these years, she had never become a fiber artist. So she took a class, bought a small, simple table-top loom and a bunch of beautiful, soft, natural-fiber yarns, and got to work. The rest is not yet history. In 2017 she introduced her first efforts. She has now developed a compelling passion for weaving and a formidable collection of yarns, with an emphasis on locally hand-spun and hand-dyed natural fiber yarns, often spun from the wool of local sheep, alpaca, and even apartment-dwelling Angora rabbits! She designs her scarves with the aim of showcasing the wonderful textures and colors of these yarns in beautiful, practical and affordable accessories.


GREETING CARDS 

We’d like to call your attention to the wonderful array of Greeting Cards we are offering, some with seasonal themes, many more with beautiful imagery for any and all occasions. What a special treat it is these days to receive a card from a friend or relative in your snail-mail box! Our cards are small works of art that may end up in frames on somebody’s wall.  Buy them singly or in sets (available from some of the artists). Some of these artists also offer their artworks in other forms at our holiday gift market – look for them in our store!

Remember, we cannot offer greeting cards during the gardening season, partly because we don’t have room, and partly because we just wouldn’t be able to keep them free of dust and dirt. So now is your chance!

Kelly Manley’s Atmospheric Delights Cloud CardsNEW & EXCLUSIVE!  Each card shows a photograph Kelly has taken in Boulder County, which is rich in cloud formations, since we sit where the mountains meet the plains, and all sorts of atmospheric dynamics play out here. The clouds affect the whole mood of the landscape, and with the sun they create dramatic lighting effects. Kelly says “For me it’s like Sky Theater, the continuous show!” These photos are from her adventures in cloudspotting during the past year. Each card has a description of the cloud types tucked into the envelope.
Amanda Maldonado’s – NEW!  Amanda’s irresistible pen & ink drawings of our local wildlife are printed as postcards, and paired with her lovely handmade envelopes. Each postcard has a short, informative passage about the illustrated species on the other side. Available individually and in sets.

Charlotte Zink’s Jubilant Notecards – NEW!  Charlotte is best known for her exuberant and inventive sheet-metal garden sculptures, some of which you have likely seen installed in local communities as art in public places. In her cards she applies the same lively, energetic forms and fluid line work to silhouette images on bright backgrounds.
Amy Mundinger’s original handmade Cloth applique cardsNEW!  Amy works with cloth and felt in many original ways. Her cards are little works of art, each one a masterpiece of graphic design and fabric applique.
Cards of Kathleen Lanzoni’s Watercolor Paintings.  A large assortment of Kathleen’s award-winning watercolor paintings appear on beautiful cards featuring local landscapes and landmarks, intimate interiors and rich florals and still lifes.  Her local winter scenes are perfect for winter holiday greetings.

Lois Edgar’s elegant Hand-Embossed Cards.  Lois is a potter and longtime member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild. Her many years of working in clay led her to carving minutely detailed designs in blocks of clay to create embossing templates. She then makes rubber molds from these, and finally epoxy castings to withstand the pressure of the etching press. Each card , made with moistened high-grade archival white etching paper is pressed individually, dried, and folded. We offer Lois’s exquisite boxed sets in a number of themes.
Annette Kennedy’s Notecards.  For her cards, Annette uses images from her remarkable original art quilts, which are pieced from fabric she has dyed by hand. Her beautiful, award-winning works depict subjects ranging from landscapes to botanicals. 
Green Meadow (Erin Huybrecht-Davis)’s magical nature Notecards.  We were struck by Erin’s flowing, highly imaginative, stylized and poetic depictions of the natural world. She is inspired by patterns and imagery from Asia, where she has traveled, and this influence is evident in her work as well. Many of her paintings feature wild animals in charming anthropomorphized scenes.

Karen Beeman’s Nature Photo Notecards. Karen Beeman, owner of Wee Bee Farms garlic growers is also a great photographer! Karen loves to share the beauty she sees at her farm and around Boulder County. She carries her camera everywhere and focuses on pollinators and their favorite colorful flowers.
Sondra Finch’s Pressed Flower and watercolor cards. Sondra’s pressed flower cards are excellent reproductions of her original compositions using our local native wildflowers, grown and harvested from her own garden.
Theresa Haberkorn’s hand block-printed cards.  Theresa Haberkorn , woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for more than two decades.  Her masterful prints are found in exhibits and collections nation-wide, and she teaches her artform as well. Theresa brings her art to these individually hand-printed greeting cards, as well various household products.




 


 SPECIAL GIFTS for SPECIAL PEOPLE 

Are there one or several very special people on whom you would like to bestow a very special gift? Of course we count just about everything in our Holiday Gift Market as special, but here are a few ideas that come to mind. Perhaps you’d like to consider something especially luxurious and unique, like an elegant pair of Marie Foucalt’s glass wine goblets, uniquely hand-painted with silver oxide and truly one-of-a-kind, and priced far below what you might expect. Or a gorgeous, individually unique nature-printed silk scarf from Annette Kennedy. Or you might consider a wonderful original painting by acclaimed artist Kathleen Lanzoni.  Or a hand-woven scarf from Eve Weaves, most of them made with locally produced, hand-dyed and handspun yarns from luxury fibers like alpaca, silk, merino wool and angora.

We offer beautiful pieces from Pebble Art Jewelry featuring ancient Roman Glass pieces with the unique coloration and patina endowed by more than 2,000 years of weathering.  For the science or math-minded youngster, a big set of locally-produced Zome Tool modelling parts will spark the imagination and enable limitless hours of creative three-dimensional exploration and invention. Maybe there’s an expectant mother on your list who would be thrilled to receive one of quilt artist Lynn Mattingly’s amazing, colorful baby quilts. 


Hannukah

Hannukah has begun and continues through Monday, Dec.10th.  We have local hand-dipped beeswax candles for your Menorah!

We also have a great selection of outstanding Amber Lights beeswax candles, including dragons and faeries for you Pagans out there, Santas, reindeer, angels, pine cones big and small, fir trees, and classic Christmas village candles, roses, gnomes, botanicals, many bee-themed designs, tea-lights, votives, birthday candles and simple pillars.

In addition, our elegant taper candles from Niwot Honey Farm are perfect for just about any person and any occasion!


BULBS, JUST AS MANY FOR HALF THE PRICE!

Our outdoor bulbs have been further discounted and are now 50% off!

Narcissus

‘Hawera’, ‘Pipit’

Allium

christophii, moly, ‘Rosenbachianum’, ‘Graceful Beauty’

Crocus

‘E.P. Bowles’, ‘Gipsy Girl’

Iris

‘Danfordiae’, ‘Harmony’

Tulipa

linifolia, ‘Tinka’

And

Galanthus elwesii (Snowdrops)

Indoor bulbs are also 50% off!

Five gorgeous varieties of Amaryllis ‘Minerva’ and ‘Balentino’, plus Paperwhite Narcissus and pre-chilled Delft Blue Hyacinths with growing glass!


Door Prizes!

Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!   In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 23!  To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form.  (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)


Wishing you all a heart-warming and meaningful holiday season.  We hope to see you soon!  

Eve & Mikl

and the Most Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Holiday Market Updates and Announcements

Open Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Sun., Dec. 23

10 am to 5 pm

We’re so appreciative of the support that you, our fellow community members, brought to our Holiday Open House this past weekend!  We also extend a big thank you to our musicians and artisans who shared their talents.  And of course, gratitude to our hard working staff who worked long and hard to pull everything together!


Hannukah

Hannukah begins at sundown on Sunday Dec. 2nd and ends Monday Dec.10th.  We have local hand-dipped beeswax candles for your Menorah!

We also have a great selection of outstanding Amber Lights beeswax candles, including dragons and faeries for you Pagans out there, Santas, reindeer, angels, pine cones big and small, fir trees, and classic Christmas village candles, roses, gnomes, botanicals, many bee-themed designs, tea-lights, votives, birthday candles and simple pillars.

In addition, our elegant taper candles from Niwot Honey Farm are perfect for just about any person and any occasion!


Two Special Events on Saturday!

 

Saturday, December 1st, starting at 10:30 am
Hands-on papercraft demo with

HELEN HIEBERT

This Saturday, December 1st, starting at 10:30 am join acclaimed Colorado papercraft artist and teacher Helen Hiebert, who will walk participants through making one of her beautiful and original folded and cut paper projects! This is a chance to enjoy a unique hands-on experience that will surely inspire you to make more of the projects presented in her ‘Twelve Months of Paper’
.
Helen Hiebert’s 12 Months of Paper calendar will inspire anyone, young or old, to work with paper in new, exciting and fun ways. Helen now makes her home near Vail, CO, and is an internationally renowned artist who has been exploring paper for decades, stretching and redefining its possibilities and character. She has produced a number of books and films on paper craft and knows how to make it accessible and exciting. The calendar offers illustrated instructions for making a new paper project every month and comes with a template for cutting the pieces.

Get further inspiration from Helen’s best-selling handbook ‘Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds’.

Saturday, December 1st, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Book reading and signing with

KAREN AUVINEN

Join us this Saturday, December 1st, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for a reading & book signing of ‘Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living’ by local author Karen Auvinen.  Karen will be available to sign copies of her book, and at 1:30 pm she will read passages from this beautiful memoir of a longtime Jamestown resident.

Karen is an award-winning poet, mountain woman, and teacher. Her memoir, in the evocative, contemplative spirit of such writers as Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams is an “outstanding…beautiful story of resilience” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a luminous, lyric exploration, “a narrative that reads like a captivating novel…a voice not found often enough in literature—a woman who eschews the prescribed role outlined for her by her family and discovers her own path” (CSM) to embrace the unpredictability and grace of living intimately with the forces of nature.


Support our Local Authors!

Colorado is blessed with many of the foremost experts in horticulture, gardening, herbs, native plants and wildlife, as well as insightful and beautifully written books on interesting subjects.  In addition to Karen Auvinen’s ‘Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living’, we have a great array of books by local authors.  Come see our entire collection including:

  • Foraging & Feasting by Dina Falconi and Wendy Hollender
  • Kitchen Botany by our own Garima Fairfax
  • Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree by Mark Andreas
  • Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies by Mary O’Brien & Karen Vail 
  • The Wild Wisdom of Weeds by Katrina Blair 
  • Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for All Climates
    by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden
  • Meet the Natives by Dan Johnson
  • Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West by Jane Shellenberger 
  • Pretty Tough Plants by Plant Select 
  • The Natural First Aid Handbook by Brigitte Mars 
  • The Herbal Medicine Cabinet by Debra St. Claire
  • Homegrown Herbs by Tammi Hartung
  • A Bushel’s Worth by Kayann Short
  • Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region by Vera Stucky Evenson and the Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates by Leo J. Chance
  • Xeriscape Plant Guide by Denver Water
  • Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range by Janet R. Chu and Stephen R. Jones
  • Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine by Tammi Hartung 
  • Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (hot off the press!) by Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Steppes by Michael Bone, Dan Johnson, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Larry G. Vickerman




Holiday Party Treats & ‘Hostess’ Gifts

New Beat Quinoa Crackers in 3 flavors
Zing Nuts in 5 flavors
Seed Ranch Hot Sauces Mixed Pack: Umami, Thai Green, and Smoked Jalapeno
Eve’s Pecan Shortbread cookies – Grain-free and irresistible!
Haystack Gardens amazing Fruit Preserves
Cultura Chocolate bars and Mexican Drinking Chocolate
Robin Chocolate’s fabulous chocolate truffles
Askinosie Chocolate – Peppermint Bark, Vegan Milk Chocolate, Gingerbread Spice bar
Indigo Shibori Napkin Sets and more by Tehya Macintosh
Leo’s Dry Goods unique Napkins, Tea Towels, Aprons and more
Hand-printed Napkins, Teatowels, Sachets and more from 10 Digit Press
Theresa Haberkorn’s woodblock-printed towels, calendars & cards
Colorful Quilted Potholders, Peace Garlands and more by Lynn Mattingly
Small Cutting Boards and more by Hidden Gnome Woodworking
Goatmilk Soaps, Lotions and more from Lamborn Mt. Farmstead
Dryland Wilds’ Uniquely scented and beautiful soaps, and more
Holiday ornaments from many artisans, in many materials

Too many more to list!


Bulbs, Just as many for Half the Price!

Our outdoor bulbs have been further discounted and are now 50% off!

Narcissus

‘Ice Follies’, ‘Hawera’, ‘Geranium’, ‘Pipit’

Allium

christophii, moly, caeruleum, ‘Rosenbachianum’, ‘Graceful Beauty’

Crocus

‘E.P. Bowles’, ‘Gipsy Girl’, ‘Fuscotinctus’, ‘Blue Pearl’

Iris

‘Danfordiae’, ‘J.S. Dyt’, ‘Harmony’

Tulipa

linifolia, ‘Tinka’

And

Galanthus elwesii (Snowdrops), Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’

Indoor bulbs are also 50% off!

Five gorgeous varieties of Amaryllis (Minerva, Mont Blanc, Vera, Red Lion), plus Paperwhite Narcissus and pre-chilled Delft Blue Hyacinths with growing glass!


Door Prizes!

Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!   In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 23!  To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form.  (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)


Wishing you all a heart-warming and meaningful holiday season.  We hope to see you soon!  

Eve & Mikl

and the Most Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

WELCOME TO OUR HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE!

Opens Friday!

Fri., Nov. 23 (Green Friday) through Sun., Dec. 23

Open Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

10 am to 5 pm

Green Friday is almost here! We’re just putting the finishing touches on the big transformation, turning our down-home garden store into a magical marketplace for the best holiday shopping experience ever!  We call it Green Friday because we feature the most sustainable products from artisans who not only create beauty, but also care deeply about treading lightly and making a positive impact on this precious planet of ours. They reuse and recycle, offer great natural alternatives to plastic and other synthetic materials, promote reverence for the wonders of nature, the processes and players that make it all happen, and open our eyes to viewpoints and details we not have noticed or encountered before. And this is the time of year when most artisans make the bulk of their annual income. As always, we offer goods that are Local, Sustainable, Pure, Non-toxic, High-quality, Beautiful, Unusual, Innovative, Practical, Delightful and Durable.  And importantly, your purchases help keep the wealth in our local economy.   

This year we’re featuring the wonderful craftsmanship of nearly 100 artisans, local and regional – even adding new artists this week!  Our artisans and their products are profiled in our Holiday Market Catalog, which we emailed last weekend, or click here for our website listing. We appreciate your sharing our catalog with all of your friends and family!   We would love to see you this weekend, Green Friday through Sunday at our very special OPEN HOUSE!  See details below.

Harlequin‘s Gardens is wishing you calm, peaceful, and bountiful Thanksgiving shared with people you love!  We have much to be thankful for this year, foremost being your steadfast patronage, the increase in our community’s commitment to sustainable gardening, and the boundless energy of our owners and staff to bring our nursery to fruition.  Thank you so very much!

Holiday Open House Schedule

~ ~  November 23, 24 & 25  ~ ~

Featuring Live Music & Home-made Treats!

MUSIC SCHEDULE 

FRI, NOV. 23, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: RICHARD BACKES & PAYGE EMERSON, Celtic & Appalachian duo on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, flute, button accordion and vocals.
FRI, NOV. 231:00 to 2:30 pm, MARGOT KRIMMEL, Celtic and original harp.

SAT, NOV. 24, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, PAUL VISVADER, Hawaiian & original guitar.
SAT, NOV. 24, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, JON SOUSA, Colorado’s finest Celtic guitar and banjo.

SUN, NOV. 2511:00 am to 1:00 pm, RON SOMMERS & JEFF HAEMER, Old-Timey and Swing music on guitar, mandolin and vocals.

~ ~ CDs by some of these and other fine local artists will be for sale! ~ ~

DOOR PRIZES!

Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!   In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 23!  To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form.  (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)


FIRST ROW:  Tehya Macintosh’s Indigo Shibori-dyed zipper bags.  Renee McDougall’s Green Man.  Rose and the Wren Knitting project bags.
SECOND ROW:  Amy Mundinger’s felt & fiber flower pins.  Angelo Ambrosia Art Glass.
THIRD ROW:  Lois Edgar’s clay critters.  MaryLynn Schumacher goat & turtle bowls.  Amanda Maldonado’s drawings.
FOURTH ROW:  Children’s View Scope.  Engrid’s Jams.
FIFTH ROW:  Waterwise Plants book by Lauren Springer & Scott Ogden.  Annette Kennedy nature printed scarves.  Mushrooms of the Rocky Mt. Region book by Vera Evenson and Denver Botanic Gardens.

We hope to see you at our opening weekend!  

Eve & Mikl
and the Most Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS 2018 HOLIDAY MARKET CATALOG

Welcome to our 7th Annual Local Holiday Market!

Fri., Nov. 23 (Green Friday) through Sun., Dec. 23

Open Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

10 am to 5 pm


By now most of you already know that our Holiday Gift Market is the most rewarding place to shop for your holiday gifts and entertaining. We keep adding new artisans and products, and we always offer an amazing array of outstanding locally-crafted items in many categories so you can shop for everyone on your list  in one place, relaxed and far from the madding crowd! And this year, because of the way the calendar happens to fall, we will be open for a whole extra week, giving you 5 ‘long weekends’ of opportunity!

Just as in our plants and nursery products, our standards are high. We prefer to offer goods that are Local, Sustainable, Pure, Non-toxic, High-quality, Beautiful, Unusual, Innovative, Practical, Delightful and Durable.

Here are the TOP REASONS we hold our holiday gift market:

  • To bring you the same level of sustainability, quality, selection, value, service and enjoyment in your holiday shopping that you have come to rely on from our nursery
  • To give exceptionally talented, sustainable artisans and producers in our area (and a few beyond) an opportunity to increase their customer base and introduce them to the kind of folks that will appreciate their work
  • To keep the money flowing in our local economy
  • To give some of our amazing staff the opportunity to extend their work season and add a little more to their livelihoods

DOOR PRIZES!
Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!   In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 23!  To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form.  (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)  Share this announcement blog with friends who may not know about it!  

Please join us for our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend!  See details below.

Holiday Open House Schedule

~ ~  November 23, 24 & 25  ~ ~

Featuring Live Music & Home-made Treats!

MUSIC SCHEDULE
FRI, NOV. 23, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: RICHARD BACKES & PAYGE EMERSON, Celtic & Appalachian duo on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, flute, button accordion and vocals.
FRI, NOV. 231:00 to 2:30 pm, MARGOT KRIMMEL, Celtic and original harp.

SAT, NOV. 24, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, REBECCA WATERHOUSE & GUILLAUME GAULLIER, spirited Irish and Breton traditional tunes on fiddle and Irish flute.
SAT, NOV. 24, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, JON SOUSA, Colorado’s finest Celtic guitar and banjo.

SUN, NOV. 2511:00 am to 1:00 pm, RON SOMMERS & JEFF HAEMER, Old-Timey and Swing music on guitar, mandolin and vocals.

~ ~ CDs by some of these and other fine local artists will be for sale! ~ ~    

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Delectable Treats
Personal Adornment
Body Care
Art & Home Accessories
Brain Food & Young People
Gardening & Beekeeping

 

Delectable Treats

Askinosie Chocolates

Haleluja! A new award-winning and truly exceptional “Milk” Chocolate bar … made with coconut milk instead of dairy! This rich and creamy vegan 52% milk chocolate is handcrafted with cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers in Del Tambo, Ecuador, plus organic coconut. It is Certified Kosher D.E., vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. We are also delighted to bring back Askinosie’s fabulous Peppermint Bark, packaged in tins that make great stocking stuffers, and their Gingerbread Chocolate bar, which infuses their rich milk chocolate with an aromatic blend of classic gingerbread spices for an unforgettable flavor treat!

Cultura Chocolate

A Denver-based, micro-batch, bean-to-bar artisan chocolate, Cultura is produced in one of Denver’s ‘maker spaces’ called the Art Gym. They use only beans from ethically-sourced and organic cacao farms in Latin America, which they hand sort, crack, roast, winnow, grind, conche, temper and mold to bring out the richest aromas and flavors and the smoothest textures.  We are offering their superlative chocolate bars in multiple flavors and sizes, as well as their delicious Mexican style Sipping Chocolate!

Eve’s Pecan Shortbread Cookies – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Back by popular demand: Scrumptious, rich, melt-in-your-mouth nut shortbread cookies, based on almond flour, pecans and butter, subtly sweetened with a little maple syrup. Gluten-free, grain-free, mostly organic, no refined sugars. You don’t have to be gluten-sensitive to love these rich and satisfying cookies!   

Haystack Gardens Fruit Preserves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Many of you already know that our own Engrid Winslow makes jams and jellies that make you close your eyes and sigh with pleasure. She uses fresh fruit, (local and organic whenever possible) and very little sugar, so the fruit flavors shine. She makes the classics as well as many delicious originals, like Pear with Vanilla Bean, and Blueberry Lemonade, to name just a couple. Engrid is always coming up with new combinations and this year is no exception as she introduces us to new Limited-Edition savory flavors: Ginger Peach Marmalade, Spiced Black Mission Fig, and Apricot Rosemary. You’ll find delicious uses for Engrid’s preserves, in breakfasts, hors d’oeuvres, salad dressings, glazes, and desserts.

Kristina’s Bees Natural Honey – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Kristina is our beloved beekeeping specialist, an entymologist with more than 35 years of beekeeping  experience, and an amazing wealth of knowledge. She tends hives in diverse gardens at several locations around Boulder County, where the bees collect from alfalfa, Russian olive, sunflower, apple and many others surrounding the small farm where she lives just off the Diagonal in Longmont.  This year she’s bottling up some of her liquid gold to sell exclusively at our Holiday Gift Market!  It tastes divine! 

Lamborn Mountain Farmstead Tea

Lamborn Mountain’s organic lavender and goat milk body-care products, made on a small farm in Paonia, CO, by our friends Carol and Jim Schott, are a great favorite at Harlequin’s. Now we are also offering their lovely tins of their delicious and aromatic organic Earl Grey tea with lavender buds, and their new home-grown, hand-harvested Chamomile Lavender tea, a relaxing treat! Both make wonderful, unique stocking-stuffers!

New Beat Quinoa Crackers

Trish Kurnik is a Longmont neighbor and friend of ours, who in 2005, while still in grad school, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She had to learn how to cook, bake and live without gluten. But she was up to the challenge, and not only felt 500% better after 2 gluten-free weeks, but laid the foundation for later launching into her handmade, artisan cracker business – Beat Foods. These crackers are fabulous! Based on quinoa flour (complete protein, packed with fiber and gluten-free), New Beat crackers are thin and crispy, local, organic, nutritious, gluten-free, versatile and absolutely delicious! We are offering their Sesame Swing, Trio, and Play it Straight flavors.  

Robin Chocolate

Longmont chocolatier and pastry chef Robin Autorino refers to her award-winning artisan chocolate creations as edible art – art for your eyes and your mouth. She combines her exceptional artistry and fine ingredients to create little masterpieces that taste as good as they look. We love them, and are offering assortments of her truffles in handsome boxes of 4, 6, 8 or 12.  “I want my ganache to be bold,” Robin says. “I want the Key lime pie truffle to give you some pucker. I want the espresso to bring you the same comfort as your morning cup.”  Also, this year: Robin’s delicious Dark Chocolate Drizzled Crystallized Ginger, packaged in bags.

Seed Ranch Hot Sauces

Seed Ranch Flavors is a small ‘farm to bottle’ small-batch maker of ‘hot’ sauces (one is very mild) in Boulder, the passion of David Delcourt. David uses only non-gmo, gluten-free, organic, natural plant-based ingredients, and his sauces are paleo and vegan-friendly. What really caught our attention was the delicious originality and complexity of the blended flavors, and their versatility – not just for tortilla chips! These make great hostess gifts, or components of an all-local specialty food basket!  

St. Clair’s Organic Mints, Candies, Pastilles & Lozenges

Yea!  Totally organic!  Made in Boulder by herbalist Debra St. Claire!  No corn syrup!  Delicious!  Effective!  Packaged in pretty, reusable tins!  Incredibly inexpensive!

Zing Nuts

Inspired by his father’s holiday candy making, Rand Lechner of Zing Nuts makes quality almond brittle right here in Boulder. Although his main recipe is simple, he breaks from tradition by adding exciting spices, and flavor combinations. We have decided to offer the Original, Pumpkin Spice, and Colorado Beer Salt versions. All of his nut brittles are naturally gluten-free except, of course, the Colorado Beer Salt.

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Personal Adornment

Aay Bravin

Aay Bravin grew up in a village in northern Thailand, a 1-hour walk from the border with Burma. Her grandmother taught her how to weave and crochet when she was young. Her family grew cotton and raised silkworms. They made all their own clothing and grew all their food. They had neither electricity nor phone service and without contact with the outside world, they had to be totally self-sufficient. But now she is here in Boulder, where she enthusiastically continues to knit, crochet and weave and share the beauty of her creations. Her warm, snug-fitting fingerless gloves are both beautiful and practical, covering more of the fingers than other fingerless gloves, but enabling easy phone use, writing and handwork. She also makes cozy slippers and hats!

Casa Brujaja

In their Albuquerque New Mexico studio, Kia and Sienna of Casa Brujaja make stunning, original handcrafted glass and silver talismans and jewelry inspired by life in the desert. Their adornments are meticulously crafted from recycled glass, silver and found objects from the natural world. “We are constantly inspired by life here in the desert where we live, and our pieces are a reflection of that. Instead of precious stones and minerals, the focal pieces of our jewelry tend to be softer items gathered from natural places- wings, feathers, snakeskin, leaves, flowers and bones. When encased in glass these items take on a jewel-like appearance but with textures and colors seldom seen in jewelry. The edges of each piece of glass are encased in a silver and tin alloy, which has a much lower melting temperature than sterling, allowing us to preserve the natural elements inside the glass from being discolored by the heat of a jeweler’s torch. We’ve made it our mission to create beautiful, durable adornments from items that are usually too precious and too fragile to carry with you. These works function as talismans as much as traditional jewelry. They are keepsakes from places beautiful and wild and carry the magic of those places with them. Our work is inspired by our love of nature, our superstitions, our Latinidad and the ways those things intersect.”

Engrid’s Luxury Socks, Leg Warmers & Boot Cuffs Harlequin’s Exclusive!
Our own Engrid Winslow hand knits these soft, warm and beautiful wool socks, in washable wool/poly blend and Pashmina yarns, in lovely color blends with reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men. Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks!

Eve’s Handwoven Scarves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Eve wondered why, in all these years, she had never become a fiber artist. So she took a class, bought a small, simple table-top loom and a bunch of beautiful, soft, natural-fiber yarns, and got to work. The rest is not yet history. In 2017 she introduced her first efforts. She has now developed a compelling passion for weaving and a formidable collection of yarns, with an emphasis on locally hand-spun and hand-dyed natural fiber yarns, often spun from the wool of local sheep, alpaca, and even apartment-dwelling Angora rabbits! She designs her scarves with the aim of showcasing the wonderful textures and colors of these yarns in beautiful, practical and affordable accessories. If time permits, Eve hopes to design and weave some natural fiber (think hemp, linen, cotton, raw silk) placemats and table runners as well.

Fiber Earthspaces Scarves

Nationally acclaimed local fiber artist Annette Kennedy, widely known for her award-winning art quilts, turned her talents and her love of nature to making marvelous nature-printed silk scarves. She uses leaves, flowers, buds, etc. from plants that she grows herself and forages, along with natural dye plant extracts, to create elegantly subtle, earthy, one-of-a-kind scarves that feel as luxurious as they look.

Karen Edge

Boulder artist Karen Edgerly is an accomplished silversmith working in silver combined with copper and brass that she etches, casts or form-folds and sets with precious or semi-precious faceted stones to make sparkly everyday-wearable necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Karen also teaches her craft at pARTiculars in Lafayette.

Pebble Art Jewelry

Eve discovered Pebble Art Jewelry when she was lured into their little shop by an arresting display of jewelry made from ancient Roman glass. This year Kate Head and Jill Hadley, two of the three artists at the shop, bring us wonderful pieces featuring fragments of 1200 year old Roman era glass from the Mediterranean region in gorgeous shades of blues, greens and iridescent pearl combined with modern styling, and at very reasonable prices. They’ll also bring a variety of lovely pieces with semi-precious and other natural stones. Pebble is located at 7980 Niwot Road next door to the Niwot Market.

Renee’s Dichroic Glass Jewelry

Dichroic glass is glass which displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions. This occurs as a result of stacking layers of glass and micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass shifting colors depending on the angle of view, an example of thin-film optics. It’s also quite vivid and sparkly!  Her brilliant earrings and ornamented bobby pins are big favorites at our Holiday Markets.

Retuned Jewelry

Retuned Jewelry makes striking, stylish bracelets, earrings and necklaces for gals and guys from repurposed, used guitar strings. Did you know that because of the various alloys used to make guitar strings, they are extremely difficult to recycle? At least 700 tons of strings end up in the dump every year.  Retuned works with local musicians and music shops to collect used strings that would have otherwise been thrown away. Their jewelry, made by Christina and her husband in Frederick CO, gives these hard-working strings new life and allows their stories to live on. We think they are a perfect fit for our Holiday Gift Market, don’t you?  Christina says “Music has always been a big part of our lives. When we started Retuned, one of our goals was to be able to give back to the community that has meant so much to us. The Blue Star Connection mission is to provide access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious life challenges. We’re happy to say, with your help, we are able to help support Blue Star Connection.”  

Sarah DeAngelo Jewelry

In her Denver studio, Sarah makes delicate and feminine jewelry featuring semi-precious stones, pearls and fine metals.  Her expert wire-wrapping and metalworking create elegant settings for the stones, making her pieces luxurious-looking yet affordable. We are very excited about Sarah’s latest work, which features her original silver and copper metalworking.

Sondra Finch Knitwear

Sondra joined us late in our 2015 holiday market and her fun, original hand-knitted hats and headbands immediately set off a buying frenzy. I get compliments wherever I go in the fabulous feathery headband I bought, even from strangers on the street. We’ve stocked up on her pieces this year, and added her soft, snuggly ‘mobius’ scarves, as well as her beautiful pressed-flower botanical cards.

Tehya McIntosh

I met Tehya in the context of our mutual membership in the Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder, where I discovered that she has, for many years, had a very productive passion for the Indigo Shibori dye process, and other fascinating natural dye and patterning techniques. She’s been hand-crafting beautiful, one-of-a-kind napkins, towels, and clutch handbags to give as gifts to her family and friends, and now for the first time, will be offering them for sale at our Holiday Gift Market! Tehya McIntosh has made Boulder her home since 2000. She’s a creative whirlwind, a long-time participant in the Waldorf education movement started by Rudolf Steiner, and President of the consumer products company called Now & Zen, Inc., creators of The Zen Alarm Clock.

Third Wolf Designs

We’re very happy to introduce Third Wolf Designs’ tee shirts for men and women into our Holiday Market this year. Alexa Varano paints her original designs on each individual piece of sustainably and ethically produced clothing with a paintbrush in her Denver studio – no screen-printing here! We’ve chosen three of our favorite designs in two different tee shirt styles. The flattering scoop-necked women’s shirts are made of silky soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, fast-drying bamboo (70%) and organic cotton (30%), guaranteed not to shrink. The unisex classic crew-neck tee-shirts in men’s sizes are made of 100% hemp, another great natural fiber, durable and soft! Alexa is a young woman on a joyful adventure in sustainable business that combines her passion for sharing uplifting and healing symbology with her passions for making art and making personal connections through her art and business.

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Body Care

As we approach the holiday giving season, please be sure to look beyond the stylish labels and pay close attention to potential toxins that may lurk inside the containers of beauty and personal care products.  Fragrance. That one word allows companies like L’Oréal, Proctor & Gamble, and thousands of others to put any of 3,000 chemicals into your shampoos, make-up and other personal care products. Without telling you! That’s ridiculous!  This is just one of the possible dangers you should be aware of and avoid when shopping for products you put on your skin, lips, hair and nails. At our 7th Annual Holiday Gift Market you will find an excellent selection of body care products that are completely non-toxic. We offer our favorite small-batch, local artisan-crafted products including soaps, lotions, salves, facial oils, lip balms, and our exclusive, famous Dr.Brawner’s Aftershave! 

Gardener’s Dirt Soap

An all-natural handcrafted soap by Botanicals Beyond Belief. This unique blend of coffee grounds & pumice has a great earthy scent! Don’t worry, this hand soap has what it takes to scrub off your dirt & grime after a hard day’s work. Ingredients: Olive & coconut palm oils, spring water, lye, fragrance oils, coffee grounds & pumice.

Blair’s Herbals

Give a friend (or yourself) the gift of healing relaxation! We are very pleased to offer our dear friend Blair Chandler’s handmade, reiki-infused Bath Salts that bring forth the healing properties of the mineral-rich Himalayan salts and the biodynamically-grown plants she raises in her organic Boulder garden. You can trust that Blair’s Herbals products are made with the highest quality ingredients and intention. Blair is also a gifted practitioner of Reiki and Healing Touch therapy techniques, working with subtle energy.

Dr. Brawner’s Healing Aftershave – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Formulated and made in Boulder by ‘the doctor’ himself (Mikl Brawner), from 99% pure Aloe Vera Gel, with cold-pressed, organic Rosehip Seed Oil; 100% pure Jojoba Oil, and 32,000 IU Vitamin E Oil, along with essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver, and Rose. That’s all. No alcohol, nothing synthetic, non-greasy. All the ingredients are natural plant products, chosen for their skin-healing qualities. The steam-distilled Rose Oil is a powerful anti-viral and antiseptic. The other ingredients are good for healing burns and dry and damaged skin, inflammation, wrinkles. They are moisturizing and uplifting to the spirits. Mikl has made and used this formula for more than 10 years to heal his Irish skin from the abrasion of shaving and the drying effects of the Colorado sun (and keep him looking youthful and handsome!). And it smells wonderful! (and it’s not just for men).

Dryland Wilds – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Dryland Wilds is a duo of young women of the northern New Mexico desert, hand-crafting quality cosmetics and skin-care products that are sustainable, low-waste and local. Their products are made from dryland plants, capturing the New Mexico desert’s real ‘scents of place’. They handcraft botanical soaps, balms, Pinyon incense, plant waters and oils in small batches with organic oils and handmade desert perfumes, with no artificial ingredients. Eve says “their Prickly Pear Lip Tint immediately became a staple in my facial care. I love the warm, natural color, the creamy texture, the fact that it lasts for hours, and that the oils used are all organic and skin-healing: olive, coconut, avocado and jojoba oils, beeswax, and wild-collected prickly pear seed oil”. It also happens to be fragrance-free. We’re also offering their irresistibly scented Chocolate Flower and Evening Primrose lip tints! WE LOVE the aromas of the desert southwest, and love using Dryland Wilds’ beautiful, handcrafted Sagebrush & Snakeweed soap. They describe it well: “The spicy clean herbal scent brings you to the top of New Mexico’s desert mesas where the wind smells of sagebrush, parched earth and sunshine. Sagebrush and comfrey leaves gently exfoliate, while kaolin and bentonite clay absorbs impurities and snakeweed soothes the skin.” This year we are adding their equally transporting Pinyon Woodsmoke soap. Also new this year, we’ll have a limited number of Beauty Oils in Evening Primrose scent and Sagebrush/Snakeweed scent, as well as their Sagebrush Plant Water, a spray that can be used to subtly scent a room, you clothing, hair or body with the uniquely exhilarating and archetypal aroma of the western drylands!

Jen’s Body Butter – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Jen creates her Body Butter from all organics including shea and cocoa butters, coconut oil, lavender and orange essential oils. She purchases the ingredients locally from responsible world-wide sources. After showering, scoop some of Jen’s Body Butter and rub together between your hands and apply. Ideal for moisturizing the whole body.

Kisu / Trementina – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Created by Pamela Clum’s Plum Botanicals, a small fair-trade organic skin-care line based here in Boulder. This long-lasting lip balm is based on wild-collected African shea butter from a womens’ cooperative, and scented with the marvelous, unique, citrus-y essential oil of neroli. Shea butter is a natural sun-blocker, so it really helps prevent chapping in all seasons. Kisu is, by far, Eve’s favorite lip balm.

Lamborn Mountain Farmstead

Our friends Carol and Jim Schott, who you may remember as founder of Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy of Niwot, have resettled over on the Western Slope and created Lamborn Mt. Farmstead on a mesa overlooking Paonia, CO in the North Fork Valley, an area known for its organic orchards, vegetable farms, and vineyards; Carol and Jim are helping to add lavender to that list. From the milk of their own goats and lavender from their fields, they make the most luxuriously creamy, moisturizing hand and body lotion and gentle aromatic soaps. We also offer their soaps in other scents, like Cedar Rose and Rosemary Lemon Mint, and calming & uplifting Lavender Hydrosol, and their lavender-infused teas. All their products are hand-made in small batches.

Stinging Nettle Apothecary

Surely your holiday gift list includes at least one person who knits, crochets, spins or weaves! Yarn Balm is a ‘must-have’ stocking stuffer for just about any fiber artist! Jane Anderson is an experienced herbalist and an avid and expert knitter who knows what housework and gardening, and working with fiber can do to your hands, and how that rough skin makes it impossible to work with yarn. Yarn Balm is wonderfully moisturizing yet truly non-greasy, using organic, wildcrafted Argan Oil from Morocco. She uses only pure, natural ingredients, originating from plants, seeds, nuts or flowers, to hand-craft her products. Her paperboard tube packaging is both recycled and recyclable or compostable. PS: Yarn Balm is also great for cracked heels!

Wild Sage Skin Care

We’re excited to share our very own Garima’s skin care products with you!  They are hand-made in small batches from ingredients which are natural, recognizable, and ethically grown. She grows essentially all the herbs for her products in her own organic garden, and uses organic jojoba oil from Arizona, organic unrefined shea butter from Uganda, local organic honey and beeswax, and organic sunflower oil from California. Garima continues to hear from her customers and friends almost daily that using her products, their skin has never looked better, and has never felt so glowing and healthy. Formulated to benefit all skin types, Wild Sage products are gentle enough for those with allergy-prone or sensitive skin. Products include Rose Hazel Toner, Rose Geranium Face Lotion, Wild Cherry Rejuvenating Serum, Amazing Red Clay Mud, Healing Hand Cream, Echinacea Balm, Honey Papaya Mask, and Creamy Rose Cleanser.

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Art & Home Accessories

 

10 Digit Press

Kim Hindman is the everything at 10 Digit Press. She has lived all things print for the last two decades, receiving both a BFA and MFA in Printmaking, and then going on to teaching Printmaking, Drawing, and Book Arts at the university level. When I saw Kim’s exquisitely drawn bee, insect and botanical images hand-printed on hand-dyed cotton tea towels, napkin sets, eye pillows, trivets, handbags, etc., I knew we had to share them with our Harlequin’s Holiday Gift Market customers! They are elegant, simple, perfectly crafted, practical and stylish, and we are so excited to bring them to you!  Kim now lives in Longmont, making prints in her home studio, raising little ones and gardening.

20# Tabby – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We’ve known Cheryl Netter for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). She is also a multi-talented craftswoman. We’re carrying her dainty and very affordable Czech glass flower earrings and felted acorn earrings, intricate fairy ornaments, and whimsical needle-felted ornaments, all original designs, meticulously crafted. Because of the nature of the felting process, no two ornaments are ever exactly alike, which makes them all the more precious.

A Ruby Moon

Jen Grant creates these cheerful and artful flags with her original designs – display your affection for wildflowers, bees, birds, etc. by garlanding a doorway, deck, porch, window or wall. Hand-made in Lafayette, CO.

Amanda Maldonado

Inspired by Colorado’s wildlife and the outdoors, Amanda Maldonado makes delightful drawings of local animals in pen and ink. This year, we’re selling postcard prints of these fun, hand-illustrated critters. She is also providing her own hand-made envelopes to go with the postcards. Amanda was raised in N. Carolina, but has fallen in love with her adopted home here in the hills of Boulder. She is passionate about the Boulder Public Library, writing snail mail, and her cat, Fiasco. Follow her on Instagram (@Coy.Ink) to keep up to date with her most recent drawings.

Amber Lights Candles

Our friend Clark and his family have turned what used to be a hobby into a full-time business. In their Longmont studio, they make delightful cast beeswax candles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including several designs that are based on traditional European holiday season candle molds. These candles are highly decorative, wonderfully detailed, naturally endowed with a heavenly honey scent, and burn clean and smokeless.  

Ambrosia Glassworks

Angelo Ambrosia (yes, that’s his wonderful real name!), opened Ambrosia Glass Art Studio in Longmont in 2004, and he’s been creating one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass sculptures and vessels ever since. He also teaches glassblowing there, and guides his pupils with gentle and patient expertise. Angelo is renowned for his colorfully patterned vessels and light fixtures, ranging from playful to sophisticated. We are delighted to offer some of his small pieces for the gift-giving season.

Amy Mundinger Designs

Amy Mundinger of Pine Tree Studios is truly a gifted craftswoman, with a keen eye for color and design, and well-honed skills in fiber arts from crochet to embroidery on upcycled felt, and free-motion quilting with hand-dyed 100% cotton fabrics. And now that her children are grown she is able to share some of her wonderful work with us! Each of her original fabric applique art cards is an individually handmade small work of art.  Hand-dyed cotton fabrics often mixed with modern prints and batiks, give these cards a vibrant punch. Her lively ornaments, made with upcycled felt over antique spindles, feature charming foxes and owls.

Arabella’s Metal

Sculptor Arabella Tattershall works from her studio in Erie Colorado. Formerly a designer and maker of garments, she now pursues her passion and expression in the art of welding. Inspired by the human form and forms in Nature, her lyrical sculptures are created from cut, hammered & shaped steel leaves and various mixed metals. Arabella is fascinated with the idea of bending, shaping, weaving, riveting, sewing and welding mixed metals, and continues to explore these combinations of construction with hopes of telling the viewer a story…of line, shape, balance and possibility. We are thrilled to offer some of her smaller pieces for garden and home!

Atelier Foucault

We are very excited to introduce Marie Foucault-Phipps’ stunning, intriguing, and elegant glass tableware! I came upon her work last winter and found it entirely unlike anything I had seen before. Using a technique that dates as far back as the 9th century (Turkey), Marie paints her original designs with ‘Silver Stain’ (silver oxide) on clear glass pieces. They are then fired in a kiln and emerge with a rich and exciting color palette ranging from yellows and golds to deep coppery oranges, and molten reds! She describes it as “a wild medium, not reliable, and always surprising” and says she enjoys “exploiting its freedom”. You will love her tableware and garden lanterns! Marie studied Stained Glass Conservation in Paris and became an accomplished conservator of historical stained-glass art across France and the U.S. In 1884 she relocated to the U.S. (New York, then Colorado). An accomplished glass painter, Marie freelanced for other studios while working on her own exhibition glass. She has exhibited around the world with the Women’s International Glass Workshop to places such as Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Wales, France, and Golden, Colorado!

Diane’s Temari – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Our customer and friend Diane Patterson makes these wonderful ornaments, called Temari, which date back to ancient Japan, where Temari was originally a handcraft of upper class women. Intricate designs were embroidered on handmade balls using silk threads from kimonos. The balls were used as toys. Temari are unique, beautiful, colorful gifts. Attractive hanging as a single ornament, grouped in a bowl, used in a centerpiece, given as a housewarming gift, or simply to hold and admire, they will be treasured for many years.

Fiber Earthspaces – Home Accessories

Nationally known fiber artist, Annette Kennedy from Longmont, has been creating her award-winning quilt art since 2003, with her award-winning pieces in the National Quilt Museum and in private collections around the country. These artful magnets and coasters are images of her art quilts that will bring the spark of inspiration wherever they are placed. They are durable and easy to wipe clean when needed. Nature is Annette’s focus, with flowers, plants and landscapes being the central theme in her work.

Fred Hall Petrified Wood – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Our friend Fred is a dedicated ‘rock hound’, with a special passion for meteorites and petrified wood. His expeditions in Utah have yielded some wonderful specimens from the Jurassic era, including segments of small branches in which the exterior bark texture has been preserved, and the interiors have been replaced with vividly multicolored agate. Fred has polished the top surface of each specimen to reveal the beauty of the agate. Each piece comes with an identification tag and a text explaining the process by which petrified wood was formed. Sizes will probably range from 1” to 5” in height, varying widths.

Glass Green Man

Artisan Renée McDougall of Longmont became interested in crafting with glass while working at the Stained Glass Supply Company. She works mostly in fused glass, a process that can take up to 11 hours from start to finish. Renée uses her home studio for crafting many different glass pieces, from jewelry to bowls and hanging art. We think her cast glass hanging Green Man faces will make a lovely addition to any gardener’s window or porch.  

Green Meadow

Erin Huybrechts Davis says she has been a painter for as long as she can remember. She grew up on the east coast, has her degree in painting and printmaking, and a masters degree in education. She now lives here in Longmont, CO, where she is a freelance illustrator and teaches art to young people. We were struck by her flowing, stylized and poetic depictions of the natural world. She is inspired by patterns and imagery from Asia, where she has traveled, and this influence is evident in her work as well. We are delighted to offer Erin’s cards, prints, and original paintings again this year!

Helen Hiebert 12 Months of Paper Calendar

Helen Hiebert’s 12 Months of Paper calendar will inspire anyone, young or old, to work with paper in new, exciting and fun ways. Helen now makes her home near Vail, CO, and is an internationally renowned artist who has been exploring paper for decades, stretching and redefining its possibilities and character. She has produced a number of books and films on paper craft, and knows how to make it accessible and exciting. The calendar offers illustrated instructions for making a new paper project every month, and comes with a template for cutting the pieces.

Come learn more about crafting with paper on Saturday, December 1st starting at 10:30 am, when Helen will walk participants through a paper craft project.   

Hidden Gnome Woodworking

We met the good-hearted and community-minded Hidden Gnome folks several years ago and really liked them and their products. Not only do they make simple but handsome, practical, well-crafted hardwood products (we have their cutting boards, coasters and their best-selling wall-mounted bottle opener with hidden magnets), but they also devote a great deal of their time to a soup kitchen in Denver. They make their products in small batches, using locally-sourced material as much as possible. “The Gnome reminds us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.”  

Kathleen Lanzoni

Back by popular demand! Notecards of vibrant paintings by renowned Boulder watercolor artist and muralist Kathleen Lanzoni feature local landscapes and floral subjects. This year Kathleen will also offer some of her giclee prints and several original paintings. Kathleen has been the recipient of numerous awards, especially for her plein air paintings (painted from life on-site, not in the studio). She is also a wonderful painting teacher and mentor.

Kelly Manley – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Kelly is a font of creativity: writer, singer, painter, and more. This year, Kelly has been able to devote a lot of time to honing her skills in a life-long passion, pastel painting, and we reap the benefits! We offer some of her smaller pieces, mostly local Boulder County landscapes.  

Khala Cloths

We love using Khala cloths, the original Beeswax Wraps in the US. They are the creation of Asa and Tamar McKee, who now reside in Boulder, where they produce their environmentally responsible alternatives to plastic wrap and plastic bags. Khala Cloths can be used to cover and seal a bowl of left-overs, and make the best wrapping for keeping cheeses, breads and vegetables fresh longer. Every Khala Cloth comes in zero waste packaging. For example, the toppers are made from post-consumer recycled paper. Everything else – from the wax paper bag to the staple – are either biodegradable or recyclable. The fabric used to construct a Khala Cloth is organic cotton and hemp grown in North America, and is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards. No bleaching, no chemicals. They are a Zero Waste Company, which means their goal is to produce Zero Garbage. In the last three years of production all of their waste fit into a 5 gallon bucket. Khala Cloths will have a long life (several years) when properly cared for.

Leo’s Dry Goods

Shari Moraga is practically our neighbor in Boulder. She calls her work ‘illustrations in thread’. She uses her sewing machine to ‘draw’ and ‘paint’ her light-hearted illustrations of vegetables, honeybees and hives, bicycles and more, on sturdy cotton tea towels, aprons for gardeners and cooks, napkin sets and zipper bags.

Lois Edgar

Lois is a longtime member of the Boulder Potters Guild. She has been exploring techniques with clay for many years and has developed a style that is both earthy and charming. This year we feature her new porcelain wares as well as Lois’s elegant hand-made embossed greeting cards and holiday tree ornaments.  

Lynn Mattingly Quilts – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We are pleased to offer Lynn Mattingly’s brilliant quilted pot holders, table runners, baby quilts, peace garlands, and eyeglass cases. Sturdy and machine-washable, they are not only gorgeous but also practical. Lynn lives and quilts in beautiful Paonia,CO.

MaryLynn Schumacher

Boulder clay artist Mary Lynn Schumacher makes almost mythical forms and figures that evoke stories, animated with delight and imagination. She is an acclaimed artist who has been making functional and sculptural objects in clay for over 30 years, and is a long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild. This year we are offering Mary Lynn’s wall-mounted pieces for home or garden, relief tiles and other small pieces.

Mimi’s Cloth Creations

Our own Mimi Yanus is not only an expert gardener, she also sews whimsical bags from old blue jeans.  Come see the variety of casual bags that Mimi has created! 

Niwot Honey Farm Beeswax Tapers 

For decades, our friend Tom Theobold of Niwot Honey Farm has been nurturing bees, harvesting honey, and crafting the finest, most elegant, romantic, hand-dipped taper candles you’ll find anywhere. They are naturally dripless and smokeless, and infuse the room with the gentle, warm fragrance of honey. They go perfectly with our Traditional Majolica candle holders. Available in pairs, either clear-wrapped or gift boxed.
 

 

Smudge Sticks – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Made with reverence, skill and healing intention by our friend Furry Foote, the elder who lives in the foothills, these traditional Native American smudge sticks are finely crafted of aromatic herbs (mostly natives) grown in her own organic garden.  Each herb is included for its specific medicinal and/or spiritual qualities: purifying, giving thanks, cleansing, infection-fighting, head-ache relief, etc.  Very limited quantities available.

Theresa Haberkorn

We are fortunate that Theresa Haberkorn, woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for two decades. Her masterful woodcut prints are found in exhibits and collections nation-wide, and she teaches her artform as well. Theresa brings her art to household items as well, hand-crafting a collection of beautiful block-printed cotton tea towels, handmade journals, a charming wall calendar and an assortment of cards. To find out more about the process of woodcut printing, visit Theresa Haberkorn.

Todd Redmond

A Denver native now residing in Westminster, Todd is a longtime member of the Boulder Potters Guild and one of their most innovative artists. His work is always fun, quirky, original and superbly crafted. Todd says “I try to get through life with a sense of humor intact, and I think my pieces convey some of that irreverence.” We agree! In college, he declared his art major after getting this fortune cookie: “art is your fate; don’t debate!”. “Form and grace are of foremost interest in my work. I create objects with an artistic appeal that venerate the long history of ceramics while still being firmly rooted in the contemporary art world. I work with clay because of its many personalities. From the flowing malleable state to the solidly enduring fired state, it has the characteristics of many materials within one medium. This can be both magical and maddening, but the challenge is what keeps me intrigued with clay.

Traditional Majolica Ceramics

Our friends Thea Tenenbaum and Raffaele Malferrari are well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. Majolica is a process requiring multiple firings and great skill with the paintbrush. Their exquisitely detailed mugs depicting local animals, birds and insects will delight anyone lucky enough to receive them, as will their pairs of bee-motif candleholders (made to fit the hand-dipped Niwot Honey Farm beeswax tapers), and Thea’s dessert bowls!

Trek Light Gear

These colorful nylon hammocks and packs are Boulder-designed, fair-trade produced and thoughtfully designed to be incredibly comfortable and durable, holding up to 400 lbs. They come in sizes to serve as everything from a hanging chair or gear-holder to a perfect bed for two. They’re also easy to clean, last for many years, and scrunch down into a little-bitty stuff-sack for easy, lightweight travel. The Bindle Pack emerges from its really tiny stuff-sack to serve as the perfect day-pack once you’ve set up your base camp. Or around town! Trek Light hammocks are not just for lounging and snuggling. Many customers have found that TL hammocks gave them their first sound sleep without back pain in years. They then ditched their mattresses (of all kinds) and have slept in heavenly peace ever since!

Wee Bee Farms

Some of you might know WeeBee Farms for the beautiful, organically grown garlic they produce right here in Boulder. The owner, Karen Beeman, is also a great photographer! Karen loves to share the beauty she sees at her farm and around Boulder County. She carries her camera everywhere and focuses on pollinators and their favorite colorful flowers. We are carrying her stunning photo cards and notebooks.

Willi Eggerman Ceramics

A fusion of whimsy, gesture, pattern, texture and patina characterizes Willi Eggerman’s works in clay, which she conceives as functional sculpture – useful pieces with enough presence to stand alone as objects of aesthetic interest for contemplation. To make her organic, botanically inspired porcelain pieces, she employs a wide variety of techniques. “The seed pod has special appeal to me as a symbol of women, and specifically motherhood. I view seed pods as small sculptures, performance art even, as they form, swell, open, and eventually disintegrate. They are beautiful, strong, and very practical in getting their job accomplished.” A long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild, Willi’s work is admired and acclaimed throughout the region. We are offering a limited number of Willi’s Ikebana ‘pods’, perfect for small, informal floral specimens or mini-bouquets, and her wonderful salt-fired textural ‘Cactus’ mugs.

Wreaths

These beautiful dark green wreaths with silver color on the underside are made at Nick’s Garden Center in Aurora. We bring them back and decorate them ourselves, using decorative plants, pinecones and compostable ribbon. You can also get a plain one and decorate it yourself!  We are offering them in 14” and 16” sizes. 

FOR OUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS:

Canine Cardigans

Don’t leave your chilly dog out in the cold! If your best friend shivers on those winter walks, Canine Cardigans has the perfect solution: fine handcrafted, well-fitting dog sweaters from up-cycled cashmere, wool & other natural fabrics. Connie re-purposes unwanted vintage and second hand “people” sweaters into unique and fun dog sweaters in her Englewood CO workshop. She sources these sweaters from estate sales, yard sales, and thrift shops. She tells us “Once I find sweaters to use, I bring them home, wash and dry on hot and the ones that survive that make the cut to become dog coats. I also use most of the scrap in creating patchwork coats and sweaters so very little goes to waste and ends up in the landfill. I do all the creating, cutting and sewing in my lovely workroom at home”. Connie loves taking the unique features of each sweater into account as she transforms them into well-fitting dog coats. We are offering an assortment of her delightful sweaters for smaller breeds. While she’s at it, Connie ends up with all those cashmere sleeves, and rather than let them go to waste, she sews them into lovely, super-cozy fingerless arm/hand-warmers for those of us at the other end of the leash.  

Carbon Pawprint

Colorado-based Carbon Pawprint offers pets bowl mats made from reclaimed yoga mats, which are collected from local studios and practitioners. These dishwasher-safe mats help keep food bowls in place and protect your home’s floor from water (and drool) damage. Your furry friends will surely bark their approval knowing that you bought a unique, one-of-a-kind pet accessory while helping to reduce environmental waste and that a percentage of Carbon Pawprint’s profits are shared with local animal rescue organizations and charities!  

Smart Cookie Barkery

Doesn’t your dog deserve a gift? What does your dog love the best, besides you, and fetching? Good food, of course! Smart Cookie is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, where Scott and Bri Bradley make all-natural dehydrated treats and jerky for dogs. Their endeavor is founded on the principle that your dog’s treats should be custom tailored to what your dog(s) need to maintain their best possible health, and be yummy as well. Smart Cookie products are made from scratch in small batches, using fresh, wholesome, human-grade ingredients – real meats that they grind in-house, vegetables and fruits – then dehydrated to retain maximum nutritional value. Their treats are grain-free and soy-free, and have no artificial ingredients.   

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Brain Food & Young People

EXPLORATION

Zometool

It’s a toy for kids of all ages. It’s a tool for scientists and educators. It’s a medium for artists. It’s the winner of 22 awards and counting. And it’s a unique LOCAL product, the brainchild of our innovative friend and neighbor Paul Hildebrandt, also a founder of Eco-Cycle. Inspired by the ground-breaking, visionary work of Steve Baer and Clark Richert, who developed the underlying geometry, Paul began producing Zometool kits in 1992.

BOOKS

‘Rough Beauty’ by Karen Auvinen

We are proud to feature ‘Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living’ by friend and local author Karen Auvinen, an award-winning poet, mountain woman, and teacher. Her memoir, in the evocative, contemplative spirit of such writers as Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams is an “outstanding…beautiful story of resilience” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a luminous, lyric exploration, “a narrative that reads like a captivating novel…a voice not found often enough in literature—a woman who eschews the prescribed role outlined for her by her family and discovers her own path” (Christian Science Monitor) to embrace the unpredictability and grace of living intimately with the forces of nature.  Join Karen Saturday afternoon, December 1 for a book signing!  Exact time to be announced.

Foraging & Feasting Book – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We are very excited to offer this ground-breaking book again! Foraging & Feasting celebrates and reclaims the lost art of turning locally gathered wild plants into highly nutritious, delicious meals, a traditional foodway long practiced by our ancestors but neglected in modern times. The stunning, instructive botanical illustrations and delicious, enlightening recipes offer an adventurous and satisfying way to eat locally and seasonally, and present creative ways to bring wild edibles into our lives.  We share this project with you out of our long commitment to connecting with nature through food and art. The effort weaves together acclaimed herbalist Dina Falconi’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild-plant identification, foraging, and cooking with Wendy Hollender’s masterful botanical illustrations. In Part Three you’ll find more than 100 master recipes and countless variations formulated to help you easily turn wild plants into delectable salads, soups, beverages, meat dishes, desserts, and a host of other culinary delights.

Kitchen Botany

Would you like to learn botany while you cook? Our own Garima Fairfax’s unique cookbook joins botany and the pleasure of creative cooking. She combines foods which are closely related to each other in order to help learn who is related to whom. Garima continues to receive great reviews from people who have purchased and used her book.  Eating is a very effective (and fun) way to help retain what you learn!

Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree

Mark Andreas, a Life-Coach in Boulder, collected these 61 true stories of creative and compassionate ways out of conflict. Each story is unique in the resourceful and often surprising solutions that real people have found to change a fearful or threatening encounter into a humanizing connection. Not moralistic, and genuinely eye-opening, heart-opening and inspiring. It makes a wonderful gift that can be opened again and again. This excellent read was a big hit at our holiday gift market last year. Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree is strongly endorsed by Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior), William Ury (author of Getting to Yes), and Eve & Mikl Brawner.

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies

Don’t be fooled by the title; a lot of the area covered is in Colorado, including Denver, Boulder and Ft. Collins. This is a very good plant ID book from by Mary O’Brien & Karen Vail with interesting descriptions. In addition, it’s an excellent herbal, giving both medicinal and edible uses. Highlighted in yellow are important “cautions”. It is presented in a respectful way, honoring nature as did the Ute Indians who pioneered the use of these plants. For example, did you know that Gambel Oak “…is a good back country first aid plant to know, using the leaves as a poultice or wash for insect bites and wounds, or chewing a piece of the bark for toothaches….” Good photos. These local gals really know their stuff. Highly recommended.

Spiders in Your Neighborhood book – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Scary? Maybe. Cool? Definitely.  Author Pat Stadille used to be terribly afraid of these eight-legged daddies, until he started learning more about them. Now spiders are his best friends! As a nature enthusiast, we have a feeling you’re going to feel the same way, once you hear about their silky skills, hunting habits, and generally shy and gentle nature. Learn about jumpers, wolf spiders, tarantulas, and, of course, the black widow!

Spiders in Your Neighborhood features detailed drawings and photos of the critters you’ll find, and sections on types of webs, how and where to discover spiders, spider anatomy, common relatives… even a spidey quiz to test your creepy crawly knowledge. So, grab a flashlight and your sleuthing kit and join Pat ”Spiderman” Stadille on a journey around your backyard that will leave you spinning with excitement.  This small book is suitable for any age.

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

Katrina Blair is the author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is about healing ourselves both in body and in spirit, in an age where technology, commodity agriculture, and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence. But if we can become familiar with these thirteen edible survival weeds found all over the world, we will never go hungry, and we will become closer to our own wild human instincts—all the while enjoying the freshest, wildest, and most nutritious food there is.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Children have a lively interest in the natural world. They love vivid pictures, but they are bored if we dumb it down for them. We offer children’s books that are fascinating even for adults, full of in-depth science, but graphic and fun—many with projects and activities that make facts real. Also great story books, beautifully and cleverly told and illustrated. In addition, we have youth orientated interactive items that put kids in touch with nature and teach about nature and natural history. Come in to see our selection!

  

MUSIC

The Boulder Irish Session ~ Next Sunday at Conor’s

At 30 years old, The Boulder Irish Session is a Boulder ‘institution’ and is still going strong. They are an informal, dynamic gathering of top-notch Front Range musicians who have come together for more than 30 years on Sunday evenings in downtown Boulder to share tunes and songs of the Celtic tradition. After the closure of Conor O’Niell’s Pub, where they played for 18 years, they are happy to have found a great new home one block away at License #1, downstairs in the Hotel Boulderado (every Sunday night from 7pm).

Jon Sousa, Take Down the Door 

Our most exciting local Celtic music band, featuring Jesse Burns, Jon Sousa, Eric Turin, Adam Agee and Beth Gadbaw, recorded live in concert in Lyons.  Jon’s albums include Ceol na gCarad (his latest duo CD with Adam Agee), Suantrai (duo CD with Adam Agee and Jon Sousa), Twilight (Jon Sousa solo), Take Down the Door (pictured), and Canyon Sunrise (Andy Reiner & Jon Sousa).

Margot Krimmel

Margot is one of the region’s finest and most versatile harpists. Her fresh, innovative approach, passion and virtuosity have won her numerous awards. Her most recent CD, Black Rose, features Margot on the harp and vocals, along with Beth Gadbaw’s exquisite vocals, Beth Harmon on the fiddle and Eric Olson on the uilean pipes and whistle. This CD was recorded LIVE at the Black Rose Acoustic Society in Black Forest, Colorado.

 

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Gardening & Beekeeping

Beauty Beyond Belief Seeds

BBB is a great local seed company, offering wildflower mixes (Rocky Mtn. natives), and flower seed mixes for supporting honey bees and wild bees and other wild flower seed mixes perfect for gifts or holiday party favors.

Beekeeping Supplies

Harlequin’s Gardens has loved and supported bees for a long, long time. We also know that many of our customers already keep  honey bees, would like to learn how, or would just like to learn more about how to support bees and other pollinators.  So, several years ago we transformed the back portion of our building into The Bee Barn (painted the color of honey, of course!).  It’s continued to grow and change with the needs of bees and our customers. (Photo Credit, left: Red Hot Pepper Studio.)

Our Bee Barn is full of a good selection, featuring locally sourced products where possible.  We feature 8 and 10 frame Langstroth hive equipment (both assembled and unassembled) and real beeswax foundation.  We have a locally constructed top bar hive made with rough cut beetle-kill pine, a window and a screened bottom. Come and check out our great selection of tools and accessories, protective gear, feeding and bee health supplies, and great books.

Whether you’re a new or continuing beekeeper, our staff beekeepers can  answer questions and give advice. You’ll find our prices are quite reasonable.  We have Beekeepers Shopping Lists for Beginners, Seasonal, and Holiday Gift Giving to help guide your selections.  Kristina Williams, our own local bee expert will be on hand on Dec 16, 23, and 24 to help tailor your bee-gifting.

Return of Native Bees!
The Front Range is home to over 500 species of native bees.  These mostly solitary bees did ALL of the bee pollinating before the introduction of honey bees from Europe in the 1600s.  They love our weather, soils and native plants.  And we love them!  We’ve partnered with Crown Bees to bring you a selection of products to help you culture these gentle hole nesting bees such as woolcarder, mason, and leafcutter bees using responsible, sustainable, clean culture methods.  In spring we’ll be partnering again with Tom Theobald, a local mason bee cultivator,  with bees that are absolutely locally adapted and won’t introduce diseases from other parts of the country.  Here are some great gift options in order of the pictures.

  1. Native Bee Chalet: for placing nesting tubes for the current season and an attic for placing the previous seasons bees to emerge this season.
  2. Pollinator Pack: Tubes in an assortment of sizes and materials provide nesting holes for a variety of our native bees.
  3. InviteaBee Plus Pheromone (scent):  an extra enticement for mason bees to use your nesting site.
  4. Native Bee Guide Booklet: a brief introduction to just some of the bee species that may nest in your native bee house.
  5. The Mason Bee Revolution book: for those who are seriously into mason bees.
  6. Reusable cardboard mason bee tubes with disposable paper liners: the system Tom Theobald uses for those interested in spring mason bees in particular.

Bulbs, Outdoor – 40% off!

We still have species tulips, Narcissus, Crocus, Alliums, Galanthus elwesii (snowdrops), Chionodoxa forbesii, dwarf iris, and Anemone , plus drought-tolerant flowering onions!  Yes, you can still plant them, as long as your soil is not yet frozen. Or you can force them in pots – they will cheer you up in late winter! Some of them are fragrant, too.   These great bulbs are a whopping 40% off their original price!

Bulbs, Indoor – 30% off!

We have wonderful Amaryllis kits for ‘Minerva’, ‘Vera’, ‘Red Lion’, and ‘Mont Blanc’ varieties.  We also have Amaryllis sonatini ‘Pink Rascal’ and ‘Balentino’ (not in kit) and Paperwhites (in box kit with pot). These beauties will brighten your holiday decor and make for a lovely hostess gift!  All are 30% off their original price!

Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificate

Not sure what to give?  Consider giving a Gift Certificate to Harlequin’s Gardens!  Our Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and are valid for up to one calendar year. With a gift certificate, your recipients can select from our wide array of neonic-free plants, soil products, gardening and bee-keeping tools and supplies, and more!  Visit our store to purchase, mail-in your order with a check payment, or call 303-939-9403 and have your credit card handy!

Japanese Knife-Weeder (Hori Hori)

Reviewed by our Deb: “This is the best all-around tool ever!  Whenever I go out into the garden with no particular task in mind (other than peace of mind putzing) I grab this tool.  It can dig, saw into fat roots, slice into bindweed roots with the pointed tip, it’s wonderful.  I have a sheath for it which slides nicely onto a regular belt or garden-tool belt. I love using it for planting bulbs as I can make a deep, small hole.  If I could only have one tool forever, I would choose this one.”   

Stella Natura Astrological Planting Calendar 2019

The Stella Natura Wall Calendar is an easy-to-use, informative and beautiful planting and gardening calendar that shows the best times to take advantage of the cosmic influences of the moon, sun and planets. This is a research-based system that is used by Biodynamic farmers and gardeners.  We have been using this calendar for over 25 years and believe it has helped with germination of seeds, root development of cuttings, and healthy plant development. More than just a calendar – it’s packed with valuable information and insights for successful growing, from seed to harvest.  

Succulents & Indoor Plants

This year we offer tropical succulent plants for easy indoor growing. Succulents are very sculptural plants, often with unusual coloring, structure and texture, and they thrive indoors with very little attention. And some of our succulents have valuable medicinal properties you can use in your home. We can give you details when you come in.

Super Illuminated Loupe

This very small, extremely high quality 12x power magnifier is great for getting a closer look at what’s bugging your plants, taking out splinters, or helping to identify flowers.

West County Gardening Gloves

We love West County gloves!  They are made from recycled plastic bottles, are very durable and stand-up to several seasons of tough gardening. They are machine washable and retain their shape.  And they come in great colors and patterns!  We carry their Work Glove, Rose Gauntlet, Mud Glove and Grip Glove, all in a range of sizes.  If you give these gloves as a gift, be assured that the recipient is welcome to exchange them for a different in-stock size, as long as they are still unused and in their original packaging. 

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Wishing you all a heart-warming and meaningful holiday season.  We hope to see you soon!  
Eve & Mikl
and the Most Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Thanks for a wonderful season!

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 30, is the last day of our Plant Sales Season

Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,

Today is the very last day of our 2018 nursery season. Each year when this day comes, we feel a bit melancholy; we have enjoyed your company so much through the past 8 months, and will miss you! Of course, we hope to see you here in November and December at our Holiday Gift Market (see below).

As our nursery season is closing, we would like to thank you very sincerely for your business and support that makes it possible for us to continue presenting and growing Harlequin’s Gardens year after year.

And we would especially like to express our gratitude for who you are: people who Care and Act in support of our Earth and our future generations. You care about conserving our precious water. You care about conserving our limited energy and getting that energy from renewable sources. You care about reducing our carbon emissions and reversing global climate change. You care about reducing or eliminating the poisons that are used in gardening and agriculture. You care about healthy, organic food and many of you grow fresh food for yourselves and to share with our community.  You care about Nature and growing our local natives in your home gardens. You care about the birds, pollinators and the earthworms, and even about the health of beneficial fungi and bacteria.

And these are some of the reasons you shop at Harlequin’s Gardens and why we work so intensely to manifest the above values as much as we are able. Together we are actually making a difference on our planet and in our local ecology.  We couldn’t do it without you!

“Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”   

Anna Lappe

 


HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET!

We will re-open for our fabulous 7th Annual Holiday Gift Market on Green Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Stay tuned for more details!

Pictured left, Marie Foucault-Phipps’ stunning, intriguing, and elegant glass tableware! Using a technique that dates as far back as the 9th century (Turkey), Marie paints her original designs with ‘Silver Stain’ (silver oxide) on clear glass pieces. They are then fired in a kiln and emerge with a rich and exciting color palette ranging from yellows and golds to deep coppery oranges, and molten reds! She describes it as “a wild medium, not reliable, and always surprising” and says she enjoys “exploiting its freedom”.


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

Just 8 Days Left!

The Last Nursery Day of the season is Tuesday Oct. 30!   

Fortunately, we are experiencing another ‘Indian Summer’ which gives us an excellent opportunity to plant perennial flowers, vines, grasses, shrubs and deciduous trees, as well as

SPRING-BLOOMING BULBS! 

We still have a good selection of our favorite deer-proof Daffodils (Narcissus) and early-blooming miniature Narcissus. 

Also in the deer-proof or deer-resistant category we have the delightful miniature ‘botanical’ Iris selections, classic early Snowdrops, Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii), beautiful golden Allium moly, very xeric A. christophii, tall purple A. ‘Rosenbachii’, and white/pink native A.’Graceful’, true-blue A. caeruleum and Anemone blanda. We also have the very special, very hardy steppe-native Blue Siberian Lily (Ixiolirion pallasii)! All of these will naturalize and are long-lived and easy to grow.

For those who garden where the deer and the antelope do not play, we also have some of the best and most beautiful naturalizing Crocus and early wildflower Tulips! 

And we are still offering wonderfully fragrant, highly giftable Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs and Blue Hyacinth bulbs! Our fragrant Hyacinths have already been ‘pre-treated’ (given a cold period) for winter indoor bloom, and come with a special traditional Hyacinth Glass in which to grow them.

We offer additional hyacinth glasses you can use for growing the Paperwhites, too; Paperwhite bulbs come in packages of 5 bulbs, so with just one package and 5 glasses, you’ve got the makings of 5 lovely gifts!

You might be wise to pick up some Row Cover Fabric from us NOW, so you’ll be prepared to extend the season of your fall vegetable crops, and be ready to get a jump on spring veggies! Most of the Brassica (Cabbage-family) vegetables, especially Asian greens, do best when planted as early as possible. Row Cover Fabric will help you get that Pak Choi, Tastsoi, broccoli, raab, etc. in early enough to prevent premature bolting in our warm (or even hot) spring weather, and make spring plantings of carrots, radishes, turnips and beets more successful!


AMARYLLIS BULB KIT

Nothing like an easy bulb kit to help you kick-start your holiday bulb planting!  Our packaged kit includes your choice of bulb (pictured and listed below), attractive pot, and potting soil, packaged in a gift-worthy gold box.     


Top Row: Amaryllis ‘Minerva’, Amaryllis ‘Mont Blanc’, Amaryllis Sonatini ‘Balentino’
Second Row: Amaryllis Sonatini ‘Pink Rascal’, Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’


BEEKEEPERS ALERT!

This winter is predicted to be quite cold, so be prepared to protect your hive(s) with our BEE COZIES.

And for those of you cultivating MASON BEES, come in to get replacement nesting straw LINERS so you will have them ready to set out in early spring. Re-using old liners is NOT RECOMMENDED!


FALL SALE

We’ll have a new batch of Western Grow compost tomorrow (Tuesday).   And at 50% off, this is a great time to stock up!

OCTOBER 22 thru 30:

  • Enjoy 30% off perennials, vines, grasses, shrubs and trees

  • 20% off roses, fruit trees, and books

  • 50% (wow!) off soil products in big bags

  • 50% off compost tea (get it while the brewer is running!)

  • 4” perennials in full flats of 12 or 15 plants are ONLY $4.20 each (regularly $6.95).  Mix & Match!

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks are $0.50 each.   

 


HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET!

We’re open seven days a week, 9 AM to 5 PM through Tuesday, October 30.  We will then re-open for our fabulous 7th Annual Holiday Gift Market on Green Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Stay tuned for more details!

Pictured left is Theresa Haberkorn’s wonderful 2019 wall calendar, which will be available at our Gift Market.


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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