Additional Mason Bee Class

Additional Mason Bee Class by Popular Demand!

Call today to reserve your spot!

We’ve had such a popular response to our two Mason Beekeeping classes with Tom Theobald, that’s he’s agreed to add a third class next weekend!  On Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 AM, Tom will discuss the importance of native bees and the roll they play in pollinating our early crops.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase Mason Bee Straws (see details below as this must be done in advance.)

Tom’s class will be followed at 1:00 by Kristina Williams’ class on “Get Equipped for BeeKeeping”, which is Free!  Kristina will share how to build strong frames, and give a our of our Bee Barn.  A great combination with Tom’s class!  

Call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!

Sat, Mar 23 at 10 AM
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.) 

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) 

See our complete list of classes on our website.  




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

Cool-Season Veggies are Here!


With asparagus and onions arriving soon!

Now that our cool-season veggies have begun to arrive (see list below) it feels like spring will be here very soon! We are also stocked with seeds for early spring crops (see list below).  We look forward to having you stop by to see them. 

When planting in the early season, it’s important to have a few extra tools on hand.  Soil Thermometers will help you accurately gauge when to plant.  

Row Cover gives you a few degrees warmer temperature, protection from drying sun and wind for seed beds, tender seedlings and transplants, as well as protection from insects and birds. The fabrics can be “floated” over your rows or beds, using weights of various kinds to keep them in place, and can also be used to cover garden tunnel frames. When handled gently, these fabrics can last several seasons.   We have two types of Row Cover fabrics – Ensulate (1.5 lb.) and Seed Guard (.6 lb), both in pre-cut sheets or custom cut from our 12′-wide rolls.

With the aid of Row-Cover fabric, you can plant our Broccoli, Aspabroc, Broccoli Raab, Cauliflower and Cabbage starts EARLY!  Eve has always had her best crops of spring-planted Broccoli and Cauliflower from starts set out in mid-March with protection. For heading Brassicas like these, you could also recycle 1-gallon water jugs, cutting out the bottoms and uncapping the tops, then setting them over the newly planted starts and pressing them into the soil just enough to keep them standing.  You can put the caps on at night, but don’t forget to remove the caps before your plants cook in the sun. 
  We continue to be open four days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the month of March.   Starting Monday, April 1, we’ll be OPEN DAILY! 

CLASSES

This weekend we’re again featuring three great classes.  In keeping with the arrival of our cool-season veggies, Mimi Yanus conducts her ever-popular “Getting Started in Veggie Gardening” class on Saturday at 10:00.  (Mimi will repeat this class on April 6.)   

It’s not too late to get your Mason Bee straws!  At 1:00 on Saturday, Tom Theobald hosts a repeat of his earlier “Mason Beekeeping” class. 

On Sunday at 1:00Kirk Fieseler of Laporte Avenue Nursery in Fort Collins, will share valuable knowledge about propagating and growing evergreens in Colorado (which can be challenging!) in his Dwarf Conifers for Gardens and Landscapes” class.  

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




COOL-SEASON VEGGIES 

Our organic, neonic-free cool-season veggie crops are rolling in!  Our early arrivals include:

  • All Seasons Cabbage
  • Tuscan / Lacinato / Dinosaur Kale (it’s known by many names)
  • Bull’s Blood Beet Greens
  • Spigariello Leaf Broccoli
  • Rapini (Broccoli Raab)

Stay tuned for updated descriptions for this year’s descriptions for Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant starts, on our website



ONIONS 

Our onion plants are en route and will be arriving later this week. We’ll have Copra, Redwing, and Walla Walla in bundles.

We are also growing Ailsa Craig, Cippolini Bianco di Maggio, and Red Long of Tropea in pots, and they will be ready very soon. 
 



ASPARAGUS CROWNS

Also arriving later this week are Asparagus Crowns.  This year we will have both Jersey Knight and Purple Passion Asparagus Crown selections.  
 


SEEDS 

We have early spring crop seeds including tatsoi, pak choi, mustards, mizuna, radish, kohlrabi, Chinese cabbage, pea, arugula, spinach, carrots, parsley, parsnip, onions, scallions, chervil, fava beans, and hardy annual flowers like California Poppies, California Bluebells, Sweet Alyssum, Bee’s Friend (Phacelia tanacetifolia), Larkspur, Shirley Poppies, Sweet Peas, perennial native Blue Flax, and more.

When the soil has warmed enough, peas can be planted. We recommend pre-sprouting them indoors, and carefully planting the sprouted seeds, sprinkled with legume inoculant (which we have), in soil has warmed up to at least 40 degrees F.  Peas can be planted through April.  We have seeds for Shelling Peas, Snow Peas, and Sugar Pod or Snap peasHere’s some great local advice on growing peas.
 




COVER CROP SEEDS – NEW! 

We’ve expanded our offerings of cover crops to better meet your gardening needs.  Late winter / early spring is a great time to sow cover crops! 

  • Fall / Winter Cover Crop Mix
  • Spring / Summer Cover Crop Mix
  • Ephraim Crested Wheatgrass
  • Blue Grama
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Red Clover
  • Austrian Winter Peas
  • Daikon Radish
  • Dwarf Essex Rapeseed
  • Annual Sunflower
  • Quatro Sheep Fescue
  • Morgan Spring Oats (organic)
  • Spring Triticale
  • Buckwheat (organic)
  • Organic Spring Cover Crop Mix
  • Harlequin’s Gardens Mountain Native Mix
  • Harlequin’s Gardens Foothills native Mix
  • Harlequin’s Gardens Xeric Mix



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

We Have Soil Products for You!

It’s time to prepare your soil!

Thank you to all those who helped us with a successful opening day, last Friday!  And a big thanks to those who braved the elements later in the weekend to stop by!  Throughout the month of March we’ll be open four days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

March is a great time to focus on soil enrichment and we’re stocked with great products that will help you prepare for the season ahead.  You’ll recognize many products which we’ve stocked for years and we’re also trying out some new and exciting items.  As always, we welcome your feedback on them all!  

Classes

This weekend we’re featuring three great classes.  We start on Saturday, March 9 at 10 AM, with two of our favorite Permaculturists, Tara Rae Kent and Daniela Escudero sharing some important principles to create more resilient and regenerative systems in our own gardens in their “Intro to Permaculture” class.  Free Admission! 

Stick around on March 9 because at 1:00 we have a one-time-only presentation on “Cover Crops: Why, How and Which” with Clark Harshbarger.  Clark who is employed with the USDA-NRCS as a soil scientist and recently as director of Regenerative Farming at MAD Agriculture, will soon be moving to eastern US.  For this special presentation we are renting a larger space next door at the Boulder Circus Center.  This special class is only $20.  (See the list of cover crop seeds that we’re offering, below.)

Finally on Sunday, at 1:00 pm, Mikl with share how to address “Fireblight” issues, which were a hardship for many gardeners last year.  See below for more details and call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!




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 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 303-939-9403. This 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) 
 




Products for Building and Supporting Healthy Soils

Harlequin’s Gardens has been studying soil health for many years now, because soil health is needed for plant health, for plant resistance to pests and diseases and for nutritional value of plants. We believe that a strong Soil Life with all the beneficial fungi, bacteria, earthworm etc. is the goal to digest the nutrients in the soil and make them into plant-available forms.

Our soils also are deficient in organic matter and available nutrients. Colorado soils do have nutrients, but many are not in a form that’s available to plants. So, Harlequin’s has sourced most of our soil-building products from businesses as local as possible, almost all from Colorado. Local products use our local wastes (like landscape wastes, beer wastes, food wastes, beetle-kill pine, mushroom waste, dairy cow manure, chicken manure). This supports local businesses to recycle and because trucking distances are greatly reduced, we are cutting down on carbon emissions. Putting these organic wastes into the soil also sequesters carbon. And because carbon is one of Life’s main building blocks, these products help build fertility.

This year we have many returning products and some new products that we’d like to tell you about.

Humate

This is a mined carbon concentrate that multiplies microorganisms and has the effect of making nutrients in the soil available. We have been using this for years in our potting mixes. 

Corn Gluten

A non-toxic, weed-and-feed with 9% nitrogen. It inhibits seed germination, but is harmless to plants with root systems, people, worms, and microorganisms. The effect can last up to 6 months and is especially useful in lawns. Apply in September/October, and again in late February/March to prevent the majority of existing weed seeds from germinating.


Alpha One

100% organic fertilizer for vegetables and ornamentals. Contains: 7% Nitrogen, 2% Phosphorus, 2% Potash, 1% Iron, 1% Sulphur, with a pH of 6.2.  Formulated in Loveland for Colorado Soils. 

Richlawn 5-3-2 Fertilizer 

A 100% organic product comprised of dehydrated poultry waste.  It is listed by OMRI for organic use and is ideal for lawns, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, vegetables and roses.  One bag covers 2,000 sq. ft. of turf.

EcoGro Compost

A Class 1 Compost made from leaves, grass, chipped branches, and beer wastes. It has a healthy population of microorganisms and diverse nutrients.  It is very stable and will not burn or steal nitrogen.  It is fine textured, low in salts with some woody particles.  The pH is 8.3; the NPK 1-1-1.

Eko Compost

Made from forest and recycled wood products composted with poultry manure. Use Eko Compost in vegetable and flower gardens, on lawns, trees, shrubs. to Improve soil’s physical, chemical, and biological health.

Eko Lawn Topdressing

Finely screened compost perfect for top dressing lawns after aeration.  Holds moisture next to the roots increasing drought tolerance. Supports microorganisms. 

Symbiosis Potting Soil – NEW! 

Symbiosis Potting Soil is a plant-based compost, made from coconut coir, perlite, azomite minerals, calphos, rock dust, kelp meal, oyster shell, dolomite lime, earthworm castings, mycorrhizae and Alaska humus.     



Fort Vee Potting Mix – NEW!  

This compost-based potting mix is best for starting seeds and transplanting seedlings and houseplants. It is composed of composted manure and plant material, peat moss, crushed granite and basalt, blood meal, kelp meal, bone meal, gypsum, vermiculite, coconut coir and biodynamic preparations. It’s best to wet before use. Used very successfully last year at Kilt Farm.  

Ocean Forest Potting Soil

A nutrient-rich soil for planting seedlings. It performed well in our tests. Contains: composted bark, sphagnum peat, fish emulsion, crab, earthworm castings, loam, perlite, bat guano, granite dust, kelp meal.


EcoPett

A natural pine coop bedding (or cat litter!). Contains recycled beetle-kill pine and activated carbon, making it very absorbent, with powerful odor control. It outperforms and outlasts hay and wood shavings. Expands up to 5X when wet. Reduces cleaning by 50%. Not a soil amendment, but a local, recycled beetle-kill pine product to help care for your poultry and other small animals.




Products Coming Soon!

Harlequin’s Fertility Mix

A mix of Biosol Certified Organic 6-1-1 Fertilizer, humate, molasses, endomycorrhizae, and calcium. Increases root mass, top growth, soil life, and productivity naturally.  This is not just a fertilizer. The combination of ingredients and mycorrhizae act synergistically to support fertility.  It has received rave reviews!  Try it and let us know your experience. 

Rocky Mt. Minerals

From Salida, this broad spectrum of many different minerals that support plant strength and immune function, including 11% Calcium, 6% Sulfur plus magnesium, iron, and many others. The big difference with this product is that its geothermal source makes these minerals much more available. 

Mushroom Compost

From a local mushroom farm.  Dark, rich humus that feeds soil life, improves soil structure & aeration, saves water. Great soil amendment for veggies, perennials, roses & shrubs. Also, a superb mulch for roses. 

Dairy Cow Manure Compost

Nutrient-rich compost made from manure of dairy cows – NOT fed hormones and only given antibiotics when sick. (No rBGH given.)  

Coco Loco Potting Soil

A superior coir-based potting media produced from coconut husks, making it one of nature’s most abundant renewable resources.  This mix also contains earthworm castings, bat guano, kelp meal and oyster shell.  It resists compaction, easily rewets, and absorbs evenly for excellent aeration and maximum drainage.

Biochar

A highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal applied to soil as a means to increase soil fertility and agricultural yields and sequester carbon.



Related New Products

Two great publications by the highly respected Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC), who specializes in finding non-toxic and least-toxic, integrated pest management (IPM) solutions to urban and agricultural pest problems.

“Alternatives to Glyphosate” – NEW! 

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and a probable carcinogen. This resource is derived from the latest scientific research.  

“IPM for Cannabis Pests” – NEW!

Registered insecticides are illegal and toxic pesticides make no sense.    

Insect Saver – NEW! 

Having trouble with insects in your house?  Catch wasps, bees, moths, flies, spiders, beetles, even earwigs, one-handed, swiftly, easily, without hurting them!  Observe the insect through the clear container, then open it to release them outside.   This is the German-made Schutzgreifer that we have been searching for. We had purchased a couple of these nifty devices and used them for years, but couldn’t find a supplier. Now we have them and you can too! They operate one-handed, like scissors: simply open, place over the insect and gently close. Even works on drapes and upholstery.   



Cover Crop Seeds – NEW! 

We’ve expanded our offerings of cover crops to better meet your gardening needs.  

  • Fall / Winter Cover Crop Mix
  • Spring / Summer Cover Crop Mix
  • Ephraim Crested Wheatgrass
  • Blue Grama
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Red Clover
  • Austrian Winter Peas
  • Daikon Radish
  • Dwarf Essex Rapeseed
  • Annual Sunflower
  • Quatro Sheep Fescue
  • Morgan Spring Oats (organic)
  • Spring Triticale
  • Buckwheat (organic)
  • Organic Spring Cover Crop Mix
  • Harlequin’s Gardens Mountain Native Mix
  • Harlequin’s Gardens Foothills native Mix
  • Harlequin’s Gardens Xeric Mix



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Now Open!

WELCOME TO OUR 2019 SEASON!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Welcome to our 27th year! Our opening day is tomorrow, 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.

We’re always surprised at how fast the winter goes by, and this year is no different!  Our team has been hard at work and we’re excited to greet you with a new Entrance Sign and plantings (they’ll be ready soon!) and several soil product structures.  Inside the store we have filled-out our offerings of tools, seeds, and soil products.  (Next week be sure to read all about our soil-life-enhancing product offerings!) 

Many renowned experts will be joining us this year for our weekend classes.  Below we feature our March classes and soon we’ll be sharing our full schedule of classes for the entire season.  Please share this blog with friends and neighbors that you think would like to attend our classes!

Our first two weekends of classes through Sunday, March 10 are especially exciting with Tom Theobald of Niwot Honey Farm sharing the importance of our native Mason Bees on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 in “Mason Beekeeping”.  The next day, Sunday at 1:00, Mikl presents his ever-popular “Planting by the Moon & Stars” class utilizing the Stella Natura Biodynamic Calendar, which will be available for sale. 

We kick-off the following weekend on Saturday, March 9 at 10 AM, with two of our favorite Permaculturists, Tara Rae Kent and Daniela Escudero sharing some important principles to create more resilient and regenerative systems in our own gardens in their “Intro to Permaculture” class.  Best of all, we’re offering this class with Free Admission! 

Stick around on March 9 because at 1:00 we have a one-time-only presentation on “Cover Crops: Why, How and Which” with Clark Harshbarger.  Clark who is employed with the USDA-NRCS as a soil scientist and recently as director of Regenerative Farming at MAD Agriculture, will soon be moving to eastern US.  For this special presentation we are renting a larger space next door at the Boulder Circus Center.  This special class is only $20. 

Finally on Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 pm, Mikl with share how to address “Fireblight” issues, which were a hardship for many gardeners last year.

An exciting kick-off to our 2019 classes! See below for more details and call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!



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

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) 
 
Referrals Know anyone that would also enjoy receiving our blogs?  If so, forward this blog to them and they can click here to subscribe. 
  Social Media 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

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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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’
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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