2016 SPRING INVITATION

WELCOME TO HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS!

WELCOME

ORGANIC VEGGIE STARTS

A WONDERFUL SPRING OR ?
CAN YOU HELP US?
PLANTS

SPECIAL PRODUCTS
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WELCOME

Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will Rogers

 

ORGANIC VEGGIE STARTS

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

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

New Tomatoes

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

New Dwarf Determinate Tomatoes

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

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


 

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

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


 

New Hot Peppers

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

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

Sweet Peppers

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

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

Eggplants

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

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

Cool Season Veggies

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

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

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

Onions & More

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

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

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

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

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

 

A WONDERFUL SPRING, OR ?

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

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

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

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

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

(Good reasons to buy local, organic foods.)

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

CAN YOU HELP US?

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

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

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

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

PLANTS

Kelly Grummons’ Special Plants

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

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

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

The 17 Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

 

HARLEQUIN’S FAVORITES

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

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

 

Trees

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

Shrubs

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

Roses

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

Home-Grown Fruit

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

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

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

 

Perennials

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

Seeds

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

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

Herbs

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

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

Florence Williams

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

SPECIAL PRODUCTS

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

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

 

SOIL AMENDMENTS

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

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

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

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

Wes Jackson

 

EVENTS & SALES

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

EDUCATIONAL CLASSES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUR STAFF

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

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

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

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

NEWSLETTER &
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We are delighted that we now have over 9,000 customers on our mailing list, but so far only 2,550 have subscribed to receive our newsletters by email. Here are some really good reasons to join our email group.

1) Receive our occasional blogs with timely garden advice and reminders, as well as news of stock arrivals, upcoming classes, special events and sales, etc.
2) Our blog is a way we can give you detailed and up-to-date information at the time when it is relevant.
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In the first half of 2015, fully 70% of all new
electrical power in the country came from
renewable energy installations.

The Sierra Club

 

MEMBERSHIP

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

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

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

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MEMBERS!!!

 

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

 

HOURS & PAYMENT

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

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

THANK YOU!

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

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

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

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

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

Get all the latest news from your friends at Harlequin’s Gardens.
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Harlequin’s Gardens Holiday Gift Market Final Weekend!

Winter Greetings!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Winter Solstice and Holiday Season full of good cheer, good company, good health, good food and the spirit of generosity.

If you are looking for LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, UNIQUE, QUALITY gifts (or things for yourself), please check out our Holiday Gift Market.  We have continued to re-stock and add wonderful new items! You’ll find inspired, affordable gifts of all kinds for almost everyone on your list, many of them one-of-a-kind, and many not available anywhere else.  We’ve got everything from Hostess gifts and Stocking Stuffers to wonderful ‘Main-Course’ gifts.  See the ‘photo gallery’ below.

ONE WEEK LEFT
To shop our HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET!

Open 10 ~ 5
this Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
(Dec. 17-20)

and Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24

After December 24, Harlequin’s Gardens
will be closed until March 3, 2016

ON SALE!

This week you will find some items on sale at significant discounts –

Spring-blooming Bulbs, 50% off

Succulent Houseplants, 30% off 

Ritual Chocolate bars,15% off

Come in to find additional unadvertised bargains! 

We are profoundly grateful that the response to our market this year has been fantastic, and we’re having such a great time doing it!

Several new comments came in this week:

“LOVE your holiday market!
Products by our local creatives are always preferred,
and these are some of the best I’ve seen.
The intimate setting and helpful advice on beekeeping items
were also welcome. Thanks!”

“So warm and cozy –
wish I could have stayed longer to keep shopping!
Beautiful music, too! May have to go back next weekend…”
“Of course the music was lovely and the quality of the artisans.
There were also some tasty morsels to sample.
The atmosphere was festive.”

WHERE THE BEES ARE IN THE WINTER

Just like us, bees huddle together indoors when it is snowy and cold.  For them, it is all about protecting the queen and the small amount of brood rearing that is going on.  Honeybees live longer in the winter months because they don’t wear themselves out foraging for honey and pollen.  On warm days (above 50) they will leave the hive and take “cleansing flights”, which means exactly what it sounds like!  They will also freely access honey stores in the top box.  Many beekeepers have already put pollen and/or sugar patties on top of the bottom brood box where the bees can easily access it.  The bees rotate from the inside to the outside of the cluster and may grab a nip of food while on the outside.   If you put your ear to the outside opening of the hive you can hear the gentle buzz of the colony generating warmth.  Sadly, many of the bees on the outside of the cluster sacrifice themselves to keep their sisters and the queen warm.   Fingers are crossed and hopes are high that the colony will survive the cold dark nights and have enough food in their reserves (and with some supplementation).

Solitary and native bees, even bumblebees, do not over-winter as a colony.  Only the queen, and in some cases larvae, are present in nesting boxes, holes in wood or underground.  Their chances of surviving the winter are much better than a honeybee hive.

WHAT TO GIVE A BEEKEEPER?

Gloves are always a welcome gift because as the beekeeper works the hives, they get sticky and stiff from propolis and honey.  They don’t really wash well and need to be replaced.  The ones we carry in the Bee Barn tend to run quite large so be sure to buy a size or even two smaller than regular gloves.  It’s no fun to have bits of glove hanging off the end of your fingers getting caught between frames and the hive.
Log Book – Every good beekeeper should keep records of the status of their hives every time they look in the hive or observe bee behavior.  We carry the “Mighty Giant” version which is bright yellow with weatherproof pages.
Hive Tools – Beekeepers love their hive tools and like to have different ones for different uses.  If the beekeeper on your list only has the regular hive tool, they will appreciate receiving one of the more unusual ones such as the extra long or the multi-tool.
Books – We have a number of great books including the textbook for the Boulder County Beekeepers’ Beekeeping Class, which will start in January.  One book that is extremely popular is the recently published Beekeeping, Mentor in a Book by local beekeeper Donald Studinsky.  This is a valuable, month by month guide to beekeeping packed with valuable information including the recipe for making your own sugar patties.

WHAT TO GIVE A BEE LOVER?

Come in and check out our metal bee garden stakes, queen bee key rings, books about gardening for bees and native pollinators, bee hand puppets from Folkmanis, locally hand-made majolica bee bowls, mugs and candle sticks and, of course, our huge selection of locally-crafted beeswax candles.

Still don’t know what to give?  Talk with one of our beekeepers on staff, either Engrid, Diane or Amy is there every day the Holiday Market is open, for even more great ideas and of course a Harlequin’s Gift Certificate suits everyone!

Thank you for your continued support!

Warmly,Eve & Mikl Brawner
and the Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

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Holiday Gift Market 2015

Welcome to our
Holiday Gift Market 2015!

  

Harlequin’s Gardens will reopen on Green Friday (Nov. 27) for 4 weeks of our 4th annual Holiday Gift Market!

Come visit us!
Open 10 ~ 5
every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
from Nov 27 ~ Dec 24

Our Holiday Gift Market is back for its 4th fabulous year, again featuring unique and exceptional goods crafted by local artisans, delicious local artisan foods, and sustainable, innovative, fun and practical goods for home and garden. So many of you have told us that our Holiday Gift Market is your favorite holiday shopping experience, that you appreciate our focus on locally-made and responsible products, and that you found outstanding, affordable presents at Harlequin’s for everyone on your list. Several friends who live outside our region lament that they dearly wish they could afford to fly to Boulder just to shop our Holiday Gift Market, because we have “the best gifts anywhere!”.

This year many of our artisans and products are back, and we’ve added lots of exciting new products, artisans and producers! Two areas in which we’ve expanded notably are Jewelry and Ceramics, with more exceptional   locally-crafted items than ever. And our Bee Barn will be open during the Holiday Market, so you can purchase supplies for your hives, or get the perfect gift for an aspiring or active beekeeper!  As always, you’ll find many choices of everything from ‘stocking-stuffers’ to ‘necessary luxuries’ for men, women and children.

Every day of our Holiday Market offers a chance to escape from the ordinary and repetitive mass-market Christmas music that assails us everywhere else.  You will especially enjoy our Holiday Open House (see below), when we will again present exquisite live music from some our very best local talent, along with tasty goodies and organic hot cider!

Please share this invitation with friends and family who haven’t discovered us yet!

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!  To enter this drawing, bring in our entry form (the postcard we mailed to you in our Fall Newsletter), OR print a copy from our website at this link: Printable Entry Form ………….  and present it when you shop our Holiday Market.

Please join us for our
  HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

~~~ November 27th, 28th & 29th ~~~
Featuring Great Live Music & Homemade Treats

 

Music Schedule

Friday Nov. 27

11:30am to 1:30pm PAUL VISVADER, World music guitar

Saturday Nov. 28

11:00am to1:00pm ELENA KLAVER – Original and Folk Songs with Guitar
1:00pm to 3:00pm RYAN DAKOTA FARRIS – Classical, Celtic & World Cello, fiddle, whistle

Sunday Nov. 29

11:00am to 1:00pm RICHARD BACKES, Celtic fiddle, guitar, & vocals
1:00 pm to 2:30pm MARGOT KRIMMEL, Celtic & original harp

CDs by some of these and other fine local artists will be for sale in our Holiday Market!

HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET OFFERINGS

  Make a Taste of Colorado Gift Basket –
a perfect gift for almost everyone!

FINE LOCAL ARTISAN TREATS

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

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

Engrid’s Fine Fruit Preserves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Many of you already know that our own Engrid Winslow makes jams, jellies and chutneys that make you close your eyes and sigh with pleasure. She uses fresh, organic fruit, (local whenever possible) and very little sugar, so the fruit flavors shine. She makes the classics as well as many delicious originals, like Sweet Cherry with Orange, Meyer Lemon Honey Marmalade, Peach Honey Vanilla Bean, and Wild Blueberry Lemonade, to name just a few. You’ll find delicious uses for Engrid’s preserves, in breakfasts, hors d’oevres, salad dressings, glazes, and desserts.

Truffles by Robin Chocolates

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.”

Balsamic Nectar

A best-seller at our Holiday Gift Markets, Balsamic Nectar is a high-quality balsamic vinegar reduction made in Boulder by our friend Ben. It comes very close to Italy’s ‘Traditional Balsamic Vinegar’, which takes many years, even decades of barrel-aging to mature to a thick, richly-flavored, sweet glaze, quite different from ordinary Balsamic vinegars. The reduction process developed by Balsamic Nectar is entirely natural yet doesn’t heat the vinegar, accelerating the aging to just a couple of months, and making this ‘magic ingredient’ far more affordable. Balsamic Nectar gives the perfect finishing touch to cheeses, grilled or roasted veggies or meats, fresh berries, even ice cream!

Lamborn Mountain Culinary Lavender & Lavender Earl Grey Tea

Lamborn Mountain’s lavender and goat milk body-care products, made in Paonia, CO, by our friends Carol and Jim Schott, are a great favorite at Harlequin’s. Now, in addition we are offering their homegrown and hand-harvested organic culinary lavender, and lovely small tins of their delicious and aromatic organic Earl Grey tea with lavender buds.  Both make wonderful, unique stocking-stuffers.

Ritual Chocolate

Chocolate to live for! Ritual Chocolate is a quality-focused small-batch craft chocolate started out in Denver and is now made in Park City, Utah. Their old-world, artisan approach and dedication to every detail of the complex process produces chocolate as delicious, distinctive and memorable as fine wine – meant to be savored. Ritual’s single-origin chocolate is hand-crafted by traditional methods with ethically-sourced cacao from several choice growers around the world. Unlike most chocolatiers, who buy their beans already roasted, or even fully processed, Ritual starts with raw beans and they hand-sort, roast, winnow, mix, refine, conche, age, temper, mold and wrap (bet you didn’t know how much goes into making a really good chocolate bar!). We offer 4 varieties of their single-source organic bars.  Combine with some Askinosie Sipping Chocolate and Victoria’s Truffles for a chocolate-lover’s dream gift!

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

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

Organic India Teas

The most delicious, the most righteous teas! Organic India is a Boulder-based grower of Tulsi, (also known as Holy Basil) and all of the other ingredients in their organic, beyond fair-trade products. Tulsi teas have many health benefits including reducing stress, supporting the immune system, aiding digestion, balancing energy, and relieving allergy symptoms. Tulsi is also delicious, and we carry six great flavors: Original, Tulsi Ginger, Tulsi Rose, Tulsi Jasmine, Masala Chai, and Tulsi Breakfast. Organic India is a leader in sustainable business, cultivating ecology with organic/biodynamic practices while supporting social justice and dignity.

Askinosie Chocolate – Harlequin’s Exclusive! 

The only other product in this category not made in Colorado, we felt compelled to go a bit farther, to Springfield, Missouri, to bring you the finest single-origin artisan Sipping Chocolatesand chocolate bars available. Askinosie’s products are also ethically-sourced, well beyond Fair-Trade requirements, and they engage in a truly progressive relationship with their Missouri staff and with the cacao growers and their communities. We offer their heavenly Single Origin Sipping Chocolate and their unique, original Gingerbread Spice chocolate bar.  Sipping chocolate is just like drinking a chocolate bar- thick, rich, and indulgent. Simply mix with milk or heavy cream and enjoy.

Wellspring Way Herb-Infused Honeys – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

What a yummy way to take your medicine! Herbalist Leslie Lewis uses herbs from her medicinal garden and raw, unpasteurized honey from her hive to produce these delicious and healing condiments. All the beneficial enzymes in the honey have been preserved in the low-temperature infusion process. Three infusions are offered – Rosehip, Lavender and Ginger, each with uses in teas, glazes for roasted or grilled foods, and much more. Leslie also teaches wonderful herbal classes for us during the gardening season.

Local Raw Honey

Slow honey is a raw honey produced by Donald Studinski, dba Honeybee Keep. Don is a beekeeper and permaculture enthusiast who applies permaculture philosophy to beekeeping and manages Colorado’s first Certified Naturally Grown apiaries. His hives are located from Golden to Nederland to Erie.  Don is a respected and popular mentor, teacher and author.  His book “Beekeeping Mentor in a Book”, a monthly guide for Colorado Beekeepers, is available in our Bee Barn whenever we are open.

Tim Brod is a master beekeeper who keeps over a dozen apiaries around Boulder County. He moves the hives several times a year to take advantage of timely and diverse nectar flows – it is not a monoculture honey. Tim’s Highland Honey is delicious and pure, and contains the natural enzymes that make it an extremely healthy food as well. The honey is raw, unfiltered and unheated – never subjected to temperatures higher than the natural temperatures found in beehives, 95 degrees F. The honey is also creamed, ensuring that it will never become crystallized hard. It comes in attractive hexagonal jars.

BEEKEEPING & GARDENING

BEEKEEPING SUPPLIES

We at Harlequin’s Gardens have loved and supported bees for a long, long time. We also know that many of our customers keep bees, or would like to learn more about how to support bees and other pollinators and how to keep honeybee hives.  So, early this year we transformed the back portion of our building into The Bee Barn (painted the color of honey, of course!).

Our new Bee Barn is full of a good selection of products including

Langstroth hive equipment such as starter kits, Deep, Medium and Honey Supers (both assembled and unassembled) as well as a selection of Top Bar hives.  We have locally constructed Top Bar Hives made with Beetle-Kill Pine and screened bottoms. Come and check out our great selection of Hive Tools, Equipment, Protective Gear, Feeding supplies and great books including the recently published, “Beekeeping Mentor in a Book” by local beekeeping expert, Don Studinski, as well as other helpful books and accessories.

If you are a new beekeeper, we can help you decide what you need because we have beekeepers on staff to answer questions and give advice. You will find our prices are quite reasonable.  Beekeeping equipment may be just the perfect gift for someone on your holiday list, so come and take a look!

Succulents

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

Beauty Beyond Belief Seeds

BBB is a great local seed company, offering wildflower mixes (Rocky Mt. natives), and flower seed mixes for supporting honey bees and wild bees.  We have their Honey Source, Bee Rescue and Rocky Mountain Wildflower seed mixes, perfect for gifts or holiday party favors.

Bulbs – 50% off!

We still have some wonderful Tulip, Narcissus, Crocus and other bulbs, and they’re priced to move! Yes, you can still plant them, as long as your soil is not yet frozen. Or you can force them in pots – they will cheer you up in late winter! Some of them are fragrant, too. Please come and give these beauties a good home!

Sprouters & Sprouting Seeds

Keep growing green food through the winter!  We have Botanical Interests sprouters and sprouting seeds waiting for you.

Super Illuminated Loupe

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

West County Gardening Gloves

We love West Count 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!  We carry their Work Glove, Landscaper Glove, Waterproof 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.

2016 Stella Natura Astrological Planting Calendar

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 22 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.

Mikl will be giving a class in Planting by the Moon in March 2016, which will help you better understand and get the most out of your astrological planting calendar.

Japanese Knife-Weeders

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 if for planting bulbs as I can make a deep, small hole.  If I could only have one tool forever…I would choose this one.

Our Favorite Gardening Tools 
Japanese Knife-Weeders (see above)
Radius Trowels (ergonomic)
Radius Pro Spade (ergonomic)
Radius Pro Garden Fork (ergonomic)
Radius ‘Garden Shark’ Ergonomic Rake
World’s Best Trowel
Garden Bandit Weeders
High-quality clippers, shears and loppers

ART & HOME ACCESSORIES

Lois Edgar

Lois is a longtime member of the Boulder Potters Guild. She has been exploring techniques with clay for many years and has developed a style that is both earthy and charming. This year we feature her wonderful salt-fired cups decorated with birds and other wildlife that remind us of ancient cave paintings.  We also continue to offer Lois’s elegant hand-made embossed greeting cards and holiday tree ornaments.

The Hands Work

Arel Mishory has a long and interesting history in art and craft. After college she traveled in Mexico, Israel and Europe, learning local crafts and customs, sketching ideas in journals that she still refers to years later. She and her husband have had a weaving and textile studio in Israel, and then a porcelain button and jewelry studio in New Mexico for many years. Now Arel is in Denver, making small paintings, painted metal amulets, personal  and house-blessings, clocks, cards, etc., and they are all delightful! They draw on the folk art themes she studied in her travels, and her Jewish faith.

Baby Quilts, Quilted Pot-holders, Placemats & Table-Runners

Our dear friend Lynn Mattingly is a renowned fiber artist, and has been practicing and teaching quilting for decades.  An exceptional sense of color-combining, a fabulous collection of fabrics and a mastery of design and craftsmanship combine to make Lynn’s work really special.  We love seeing her beautiful pot-holders hanging on our stove, and they have held up in our kitchen for a very long time. Lynn lives just over the hills in Paonia.

Peace Garlands

Our friend Lynn also makes these artful painted fabric garlands or ‘prayer flags’ with the always-appropriate message of Peace.  Drape them on your holiday tree, across the top of a doorway or window, or any place where you’ll enjoy their beauty and soothing sentiment. 3” high on silk ribbon approx. 48” long.

Abeego Natural, Reusable Eco Food Storage Wraps – Harlequin’s Exclusive

We love this! A great natural way to keep food fresh and safe, and reduce our reliance on plastic. Abeego uses durable, natural hemp/cotton fabric, which they infuse with a blend of 100% natural, simple ingredients – pure beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, all known for their preservative properties, to make a versatile, breathable wrapping or cover for storing foods. Using gentle pressure and the warmth of your hands, shape the flat square to tightly cover a bowl of leftovers, wrap up cheese, form around produce, baked goods, etc. Abeego is malleable and slightly adhesive at room temperature and will stiffen when cool, holding the shape you created.  The beeswax coating is fluid-resistant, keeps food fresh longer than plastic, and is easy to clean. With proper care, you can expect Abeego to last over a year. Each 3-pack contains a 7”, 10”, and a 13” sheet. Made in Canada.

TG Nature Photos

In his color photography, Martin Tobias has captured some amazing, special moments in nature. He has a keen eye, and the patience and persistence to be in the right place at the right time (in other words, it’s no accident). From Martin’s bio – “Thank you for taking the time to view a little of nature’s beauty through my lens, and for savoring with me some of the few, never-to-be-repeated moments to which I’ve tried to give permanence!” We think you will appreciate his remarkable photos of herons, owls, pelicans, and local landscapes, sold matted or framed. Martin lives in Niwot.

Porcelain Pods and Cactus Cups

A fusion of whimsy, gesture, pattern, texture and patina characterizes Willi Eggerman’s works in clay, which she conceives as functional sculpture – useful pieces with enough presence to stand alone as objects of aesthetic interest for contemplation.  To make her organic, botanically-inspired porcelain pieces, she employs a wide variety of techniques.  “The seed pod has special appeal to me as a symbol of women, and specifically motherhood. I view seed pods as small sculptures, performance art even, as they form, swell, open, and eventually disintegrate.  They are (like women) beautiful, strong, and very practical in getting their job accomplished.”

A long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild, Willi’s work is admired and acclaimed throughout the region.  We are offering some of her Ikebana ‘pods’, perfect for small, informal arrangements or mini-bouquets, and her fanciful pods that can hang on the wall or mount on a garden stake. And this year we are thrilled to have some of Willi’s ‘Cactus’ cups, as well!

Luminous Arts

Our friend Tricia Grable is an artist and has been working in fiber arts and painting for many years. This year we will have her wonderful cards and her vibrant fruit and vegetable print napkin sets.

Leo’s Dry Goods

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

A Ruby Moon

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

Ceramic Garlic Keepers

These beautiful glazed stoneware garlic-keepers, hand-crafted by Boulder potter Cathy Abelson, have perforations to keep garlic fresh as long as possible on the kitchen counter or in your pantry. They are big enough to keep up to a pound of garlic at your fingertips. Cathy’s work is sold in fine galleries around the nation.

Mary Lynn Schumacher

Boulder clay artist Mary Lynn Schumacher makes almost mythical forms and figures that evoke stories, animated with delight and imagination. She is an acclaimed artist who has been making functional and sculptural objects in clay for over 25 years, and is a long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild. We have some of Mary Lynn’s wall nichos, which can be used in the home or garden as small personal shrines, a place to perch a votive candle, a flower or other ‘offering’, as well as other wall-mounted pieces for home or garden, unique planters (wonderful for houseplants, especially succulents!), and holiday tree ornaments.

Majolica Bee Ceramics

Our friends Thea Tenenbaum and Raffaele Malferrari are well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. We asked them to design and create some small candleholders with a bee motif, to fit the beautiful Niwot Honey Farm beeswax taper candles we carry.  They make a delightful gift for almost anyone (especially paired with the beeswax tapers).   And this year we’re delighted to have exquisitely detailed bee mugs, spoon-rests and dessert bowls!

Woodcut Print Calendars, Cards

Theresa Haberkorn, acclaimed woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for two decades.  Her masterful prints are found in exhibits and collections nation-wide, and she teaches her art form as well. Theresa brings her art to household items as well, hand-crafting an artful wall calendar, greeting cards and hand-made books.

Bells & Chimes

From within his solar-powered studio in the foothills beyond Lyons, artist Lane Dukart creates one-of-a-kind stoneware bells and chimes, each individually cast and hand-carved with original designs, inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds him. He applies only natural oxides to accentuate the clay’s inherent earthy tones and the rustic textures of his carvings. The durable stoneware clay is fired to over 2000 degrees F, making it impervious to the elements, able to withstand rain, snow and wind, and can be hung outdoors. The gentle tones evoked by the movement of the bells and chimes are soothing and pleasing. Each finished composition is unique.

Smudges

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

Meteorites and Petrified Wood

Give a gift that’s out of this world! Our friend Fred Hall is a first-class rock hound. He is especially intrigued with fossil wood and meteorites and is offering both in our Holiday Gift Market this year. These stony meteorites (all found in the Sahara region) originated in the asteroid belt. They’re about 4.566 billion years old — comparable with Earth’s age — and are bits of small asteroids that didn’t separate into crust, mantle, and melted metal core, so the iron-nickel metal is sprinkled through the silicate rock like pepper in scrambled eggs. So when you look at these, you are seeing some of the oldest things in the solar system! Some of the pieces will also have some black fusion crust on the surface from their journey through Earth’s atmosphere.

The fossil wood specimens are all from Utah, and date from the Jurassic Morrison formation, about 145 million years old, while others are from the Triassic Chinle layer, about 210 million years old. Colors come from trace bits of iron oxides, manganese, and other ions. Often the preservation of structures is so detailed that the individual tracheids making up the rings and rays of the wood are still visible under good magnification!

Traveling With Watercolors

Leon Loughridge is an accomplished watercolor painter and woodblock print artist whose beautiful work is exhibited nationally and is included in many museum and private collections. He has decades of experience sketching ‘en plein air’ and has compiled a group of products to aid the artist working out of doors. His excellent softcover book, ‘Traveling with Watercolors’ shows how to develop a plein air sketch with three levels of values. His traveling watercolor kits are perfect, compact sets of watercolor supplies, all housed in sturdy zippered cases, with the contents held in place so they will not fall out. He also offers a light-weight wood traveling easel. Leon publishes his books and prints through his publishing house, Dry Creek Art Press, located in Denver.

Raven Mugs

Shelley Goddard has lived in Boulder for over 35 years and has been involved in a wide variety of creative local business ventures. She founded Boulder Arts and Crafts, one of the nation’s oldest and most successful artist cooperatives, and in the early 1990’s opened “As You Wish”, the vanguard stores for the “Paint Your Own” pottery concept. Shelley has enjoyed teaching a variety of art and business classes since the early 1970’s and works from her home studio.

PERSONAL ADORNMENT

Sarah deAngelo Designs

In her Denver studio, Sarah makes delicate and feminine jewelry featuring semi-precious stones, pearls and fine metals.  Her expert wire-wrapping and metalworking create elegant settings for the stones, making her pieces luxurious-looking yet affordable.

heARTfelt Hand-Felted Bags

Lisa Robb’s experiments in wool felting led to the discovery of her own technique for embedding patterned silk in the surface of the felt. The resulting gorgeous, textured and color-saturated, one-of-a kind purses, handbags and shoulder bags will make treasured gifts for the gals on your list. Paisley, floral, tie-dye, geometric – the variety is unlimited! Hand-made in Aurora, CO.

True June

Jennifer Grant’s fine semi-precious bead necklaces and bracelets beg to be worn every day. The small beads are crocheted into a super-fine and slightly stretchy cord. They are so charmingly simple, and almost weightless, making them easy to wear with everything. I know people who never take them off.

Finer Edge Jewelry

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

aGain and Sweet Ann Marie’s

Ann Mitchell loves to sew! And she loves to recycle. So it’s only natural that she would put the two together and create fun fashion by re-purposing high-quality wool and cashmere sweaters to make wonderful one-of-a-kind jackets, coats, ‘arm cozies’ and cashmere baby caps. We also carry her very cozy and flattering fleece hats.

In her line of children’s clothing, Sweet Ann Marie’s, she makes adorable aprons, reversible dresses, onesies, baby booties and more!Ann sews up a storm in her Lafayette, CO studio.

Twenty Pound Tabby Earrings and Ornaments – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We’ve known Cheryl for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). A few years ago we discovered that she is also a multi-talented craftswoman. Her whimsical ornaments are original designs, meticulously hand-dyed, painted and beaded, sewn on a 1948 Singer sewing machine, and stuffed. They are double sided so they look good from all angles. Because of the nature of the hand dyeing and hand painting, no two ornaments are ever exactly alike. This year she has added delightful faerie ornaments.  Cheryl also makes felted Acorn Earrings, made with real acorn caps, dainty Czech Glass Flower Earrings, and

Scandinavian Slipper Socks – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Our own Engrid Winslow makes these warm and beautifully patterned soft wool slipper-socks, based on traditional Scandinavian designs and knitted using Swedish twined knitting techniques which make them thick, warm and durable so they can be worn as house slippers.  They are made with 100% wool and are machine washable in cold water and should be laid flat to dry. Sizes range from women’s shoe sizes 6 to 9.  She is also offering ‘regular’ socks in a washable wool/poly blend in lovely color blends with reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men.  Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks!

Shift Jewelry

This affordable and fun line of earrings from Lisa Jascott of Denver features enameled and patina finishes on copper. Simple shapes, great colors, and subtle adornment are the hallmarks of this easy-to-wear jewelry.

Lynn Mattingly

This year, in addition to her fabulous quilted items, our friend Lynn has brought us some of her luxurious and exuberantly hand-painted silk scarves. Lynn is all about color, and this is nowhere more evident than in these lovely scarves.

Crow Jane Jewelry

Jessica Thomas has developed several lines of very beautiful and affordable jewelry that are like musical variations on a theme, with graceful, original motifs used in many ways, all of which fit together perfectly to present a look that harkens to ancient, indigenous and mystical symbolism. Her pieces are right on trend, yet absolutely distinctive and original. Her long necklaces are simultaneously dramatic and feminine. Okay, enough words – you just have to come see them!

Dana Birke Designs

Dana Birke works from her little studio in the Boulder foothills. With this vantage point, her inspiration comes from the nature surrounding her – the simplicity and jewel-tones of the wildflowers, aspens, stones and skies. She uses fine metals (often recycled) and gemstones to make subtly elegant jewelry that is easy to wear, regardless of your age or style.

Art by Shea

Fort Collins resident Shea Henke is an adventurous and artful young man who began making jewelry and dream-catchers from salvaged wire at the age of 9. Over the years he has studied numerous techniques and now works extensively with jewelry design, metals and fibers. Shea has also traveled from Alaska to the Amazon, and brought home new materials and inspirations. He will be graduating from college this December with a degree in Business and Nonprofit Management. We think his heart and his art are in the right place!

Union Studio Metals

Michele Keller of Denver applies her metalworking artistry to brass and bronze to make bold and highly wearable (and affordable) rings, bracelets and necklaces that go from daytime casual to evening dress-up with ease.

BODY CARE

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

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

Kisu Neroli Lip Balm

Created by 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.

Blair’s Herbals

We are pleased to offer our friend Blair Chandler’s line of handmade, reiki-infused, self-care products that bring forth the healing properties of the biodynamically-grown plants she raises in her organic Boulder garden.  We carry her long-lasting, moisturizing Goddess Soaps (all natural glycerin infused with nourishing herbs and a magical touch of mica), relaxing and healing mineral-rich Bath Salts, and nourishing Breast Oil.

Wellspring Way Herbals

A certified clinical herbalist since 2006, our friend Leslie Lewis is passionate about growing and using plants for their remarkable healing properties. Her beehive and beautiful xeric garden in Longmont provide most of the raw ingredients for Wellspring Way’s salves and infused honeys, all of which are organic, nutrient-dense, and pesticide-free. The very effective salves address a number of conditions – insomnia, lung congestion, fungal infection, rash & sunburn, and cracked skin. New this year, will be an eczema treatment as well.  The herb- infused honeys offer a healing and delicious condiment with many culinary uses. Leslie also teaches a popular class in Medicinals as Ornamentals in a Xeriscape for Harlequin’s Gardens in the summer.

NovAurora Natural Skin Care

Founded in 2000 by our friend Pamela Lambert in Boulder, novAurora Natural Skin Care makes unscented skin-care products for men and women from pure, botanical, body-friendly ingredients – organically grown where available – that promote skin health and beauty, regenerate skin on the cellular level. And stimulate the body to produce its own life-giving nutrients, while doing no harm to the environment or other living beings. Their products include: Soap-free Facial Cleanser (Eve’s favorite), Lotion Potion (for potters and gardeners), Pure Organic Jojoba Oil, Odorless Organic Shea Butter, Weekend Warrior Balm with MSM.  All novAurora products are non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, and never tested on animals.

‘Trementina’ Traditional Pinyon Salve – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

The Spanish word ‘trementina’ has come to be used as the name for the sap of the pinyon tree of New Mexico. Folk remedies made from this sap have been used for centuries by cowboys, farmers and ranchers to relieve dry, cracked skin, abrasions and scrapes, and for drawing out splinters. Made in New Mexico’s ‘curandera’ tradition by our friend Pamela Clum, who climbed the pinyon trees to gather the sap, and infused it in olive oil and New Mexico beeswax to create this rare traditional salve. Each tin of salve comes in a lovely organza gift bag.

Lamborn Mt. Farmstead Lotion, Soaps, Hydrosol and Culinary Lavender

Our friends Carol and Jim Schott, who you may remember as founder of Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy of Niwot, CO, have resettled over on the Western Slope and created Lamborn Mt. Farmstead on a mesa overlooking Paonia, CO in the North Fork Valley, an area known for its organic orchards, vegetables farms, and vineyards; Carol and Jim are helping to add lavender to that list. From the milk of their own goats and lavender from their fields, they make the most luxuriously creamy, moisturizing hand and body lotion and gentle aromatic soaps. We also offer their Cedar Rose and Rosemary Lemon Mint soaps, calming & uplifting Lavender Hydrosol, and their Culinary Lavender – lavender buds harvested at their peak from varieties especially valued for use in cooking (some recipes included!) and tea. All their products are hand-made in small batches.

Lavender Skin-Care Products by Colorado Aromatics

Mikl and Eve have been using ‘Mountain Mist’ lavender hand & body lotion from Colorado Aromatics for a long time.  The quality of the lavender scent is exceptional, and the lotion is soothing and moisturizing to dry, abused gardeners’ skin.  We offer individual products, and gift sets in lovely mesh bags. Made in Longmont CO with the finest natural, non-toxic ingredients.

BJ’s Hikers

Barbara Schumacher is a watercolor artist and the mother of clay artist MaryLynn Schumacher (see Art & Home section) and 3 other daughters. She has been designing and making hiking sticks since 1999, after finding a nearly perfect fallen stick on a hiking trail. Barbara’s wood is always found in its fallen state and never cut down. Each of her hiking sticks is unique, featuring such designs as petroglyphs, trees, birds, paw prints. When you give someone you love (yourself?) one of BJ’s sticks, you help keep them safer on the trail, and give them a walking companion for life!

BRAIN FOOD

Join us on Sun., Dec. 13 (Time TBA) for a book signing with Katrina Blair!

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.

Spiders in Your Neighborhood, A Field Guide to Your Local Spider Friends

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.

Farm Fork Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm

The Denver Post calls Eric Skokan and his pioneering farm-to-table enterprises “the most ambitious do-it-yourself chef and restaurateur in Colorado, and among the most accomplished in the nation. In terms of the blossoming ‘locavore’ or local food movement, Skokan is a leader.” The 130-acre Black Cat Farm supplies Eric’s two highly acclaimed restaurants in downtown Boulder, Bramble & Hare and Black Cat Bistro, as well as a Farmer’s Market booth and CSA.  Eric pours his unbounded energy into working hard at all of these enterprises, and loves every part of it. In ‘Farm Fork Food’ Eric shares his cooking philosophy, love of quality ingredients, “Things I’ve learned along the way”, and his inspirational recipes, and invites home cooks to feel the immediacy and excitement of vegetables and fruits just plucked from the garden. The 219 fabulous recipes are rooted in the seasons and the flavors unique to the Front Range region and are beautifully photographed by Con Poulos.

Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree

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

Gardening and Nature Books

Winter is the season when most gardeners get to read gardening books to help them plan and dream their next gardening season. We have an excellent supply of the best books for gardeners and aspiring gardeners, as well as homesteaders.  For the most accurate gardening advice for your Colorado garden, look to our local garden writers!

‘Organic Gardener’s Companion’ by Jane Shellenberger, editor & publisher of the Colorado Gardener magazine, offers up-to-date Colorado-specific advice on every aspect of organic vegetable gardening.
We also have recent books from Colorado’s ‘garden-laureates’ Lauren Springer Ogden & Scott Ogden, including the new revised ‘Undaunted Garden’.
And we have other great books by local garden and nature experts: Dan Johnson’s newly edited ‘Meet the Natives’, Susan Tweit (Colorado Wildscapes),
Gwen Moore Kelaidis (Hardy Succulents), Jim Knopf (Waterwise Landscaping), Tammi Hartung (Homegrown Herbs), Denver Botanic Gardens (Steppes), and more!

Children’s Books

Children have a lively interest in the natural world. They love vivid pictures, but they are bored if we dumb it down for them. These children’s books are fascinating even for adults, full of in-depth science, but graphic and fun—many with projects and activities that make facts real. Also great story books, beautifully told and illustrated – from classic fairy tales to Salman Rushdi’s ‘Luka and the Fire of Life’. Last but not least, the wonderful Peter Yarrow Songbook & CD.  In addition, we have many youth orientated interactive items that put kids in touch with and teaches about nature and natural history.

The Boulder Irish Session ~ Next Sunday at Conor’s

New and hot-off-the-press! At 29 years old, The Boulder Irish Session is a Boulder ‘institution’ and is still going strong. They are an informal, dynamic gathering of top-notch Front Range musicians who come together on Sunday evenings at Conor O’Neil’s Pub in downtown Boulder to share tunes and songs of the Celtic tradition. Over the years, the Session has gained many loyal followers who know they will always hear some of the best, most spirited live traditional Irish and Celtic music in the region on any given Sunday, comparable to sessions in Galway and County Clare. Harlequin’s Gardens co-owner Eve Brawner is one of the founding members of the Boulder Irish Session and is still a ‘regular’ there, playing English concertina, and singing.

This summer the Session produced their second CD, ‘Next Sunday at Conor’s’. This vibrant, live-in-the-studio CD, is comprised of 18 tracks, presenting 38 of our favorite tunes and songs, played by an ensemble of Session members on fiddle, flute, banjo, concertina, button accordion, harp, tin whistle, octave mandolin (bouzouki), guitar, bodhran and vocals.

Elena Klaver – ‘Promise of Spring’ CD

Elena, whose music has been compared to Kate Wolf, has played individually and with a number of groups in the Denver/Boulder area, including the Mother Folkers. Her traditional and original music has been a longtime contribution to numerous peace, justice, and environmental gatherings and events. Based in the activist tradition, her music expresses an emotional and spiritual dimension and connection that inspires us to continue working for a better world. Reflecting Elena’s fluency in both Spanish and English (she works full time as a professional interpreter), the CD’s songs- mostly in English, with a couple in Spanish- also serve as a bridge between languages, cultures and people. And Elena’s lovely voice is and warm and sweet.

Her songs have been recorded by a number of other musicians, including the award-winning duo Magpie. Her song for Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier, Dakota Wind, appears on an anthology of songs that includes the work of Bruce Cockburn, Joanne Shenandoah, and Buffy Sainte Marie. She has shared the stage with such venerable folk musicians and activists as the late Utah Phillips, Si Kahn, John McCutcheon, and the late Mimi Fariña, among others. Elena is joined on this CD by a number of other accomplished local musicians.
Come and hear Elena live, at 11 am Saturday Nov. 28, during our Holiday Open House.

Jon Sousa ~ Jon Sousa Solo, SuanTrai (with Adam Agee, fiddle)

Jon is one of the rising stars of Traditional Irish music and solo finger-style guitar as well as banjo, and has studied and performed to much acclaim in Ireland and Europe as well as Colorado.  Jon’s musical journey started early in his life, including rock and electronic dance music, but after moving to Boulder in 2003, he fell deeply in love with Traditional Irish music. His impeccable technique and the grace and passion of his playing are dazzling.  Jon teaches and performs solo and as a duo with the equally talented Adam Agee on fiddle, and can sometimes be found at the Boulder Irish Session at Conor O’Neil’s on Sunday evenings.

Gift Certificates

Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificates are always a perfect gift for any Front Range gardener (okay, maybe not perfect for someone who only grows a water garden) and are always available.  Come in to buy gift certificates and shop our Holiday Market, or follow the instructions on our website to order by phone or mail.  If you need a gift certificate during the months when we are closed (November, January, February) you are welcome to order it by mail or phone.  See Gift Certificates at www.harlequinsgardens.com.

We are very appreciative of your support and wish you a season of joy and fulfillment!  We look forward to seeing you soon at our Holiday Gift Market.

Warmly,
Eve & Mikl Brawner
and the Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

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Harlequin’s Gardens Holiday Gift Market continues!

Greetings to our Customers & Friends!

It’s December 10 and I still have Autumn Crocus blooming in my garden!

Well, at least this year we are having a gradual (if late) journey into Winter. And very soon we will see the lengthening of the days, and before you know it, bees sipping nectar from early spring crocus!  By the way, we still have some great Spring-flowering Bulbs, at 50% OFF! And you can still plant them successfully!

As you celebrate the season, we invite you to come (or come again) to our Holiday Gift Market, which is open for its

Final 2 Weeks!
Open 10 ~ 5 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24

Enjoy home-made cookies, jam samples and a cup of hot cider while you shop local in a warm, rustic and relaxed atmosphere.

Enter our DAILY PRIZE DRAWINGS and GRAND PRIZE DRAWING to win valuable $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES! 

Discover why customers tell us:

“I hate to shop – I even buy my socks online!
But I LOVE to shop at Harlequin’s holiday gift market!”
“It doesn’t feel like shopping; it’s more like a jolly visit with family!”

“No need to go elsewhere.
Unique, affordable local art and products for everyone on my list –
simply the best I’ve ever found at a holiday market!”
“Shopping here is such a relief!”
“Great local crafts & treats”

…and many more enthusiastic comments!

We have NEW ITEMS and lots of RESTOCKED ITEMS!

Safe and Fun Toys, Clothing, & Books for Kids

Brand New CDs by Boulder Irish Session, White Birds (Margot Krimmel & Beth Gadbaw

Unique Hand-made Jewelry, Hats, Socks, Gloves, Scarves, by local artisans

Locally hand-made Ceramic Planters for your succulents and other house-plants

Beautiful Holiday and other Greeting Cards by local artists

Locally hand-crafted Quilts, Potholders, Placemats, Table Runners, Aprons, Napkins

Fine locally-crafted Ceramic Mugs and other Clay Art

Excellent Books by award-winning local authors

Delicious Specialty Foods by the best local producers, including Harlequin’s Exclusives and fabulous Chocolates!

Locally-made non-toxic Body-Care products

 

 

 

Fine Art, Craft and Seasonal Ornaments by local artisans Indoor Succulent Gardens

Eco Products for Sustainable Living
 
Gardening Tools & Accessories
……………and MORE!

We have been able to re-stock some of our most popular items
, such as Eve’s grain-free Pecan Shortbread cookies, up-cycled wool and cashmere ‘arm-cozies’ from Ann Mitchell, Robin Chocolate truffles, wood-block printed tea towels and calendars from Theresa Haberkorn, many of our great local body-care products, beeswax candles, and ceramic pieces by Willi Eggerman, Thea & Rafaele, Lois Edgar and others, ornaments from Twenty Pound Tabby, Ritual chocolate bars, and many more items!
AND, we have some exciting new artists and new items from the artists you already know.

Sondra Finch, a new artist for us, just brought in a big armload of fabulous, fun hand-knitted hats and head bands!Mark Andreas, author of the very popular and inspiring ‘Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree’ brought us his hot-off-the-press new book, “Waltzing with Wolverines: Finding connection & cooperation with troubled teens’.

Ann Mitchell brought in wonderful new skirts and tops made from re-purposed garments.

Beth Gallovic recently dropped off delightful stuffed, re-purposed fabric turtles, great as toys and as pillows.

AND, gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, meticulously hand-made silk Bandhani Scarves from Gujarat, India are ON SALE for 25% off! Last chance! 

New and restocked items continue to arrive, so keep checking back!

Gift Certificates

Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificates are always a perfect gift for any Front Range gardener (okay, maybe not perfect for someone who only grows a water garden) and are always available.  Come in to buy gift certificates and shop our Holiday Market, or follow the instructions on our website to order by phone or mail.  If you need a gift certificate during the months when we are closed (November, January, February) you are welcome to order it by mail or phone.  See Gift Certificates at www.harlequinsgardens.com.

We are grateful for your support,and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Warmly,
Eve & Mikl Brawner
and the Marvelous Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

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Harlequin’s Gardens Holiday Gift Market Final Weekend!

Winter Greetings!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Winter Solstice and Holiday Season full of good cheer, good company, good health, good food and the spirit of generosity.

If you are looking for LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, UNIQUE, QUALITY gifts (or things for yourself), please check out our Holiday Gift Market.  We have continued to re-stock and add wonderful new items! You’ll find inspired, affordable gifts of all kinds for almost everyone on your list, many of them one-of-a-kind, and many not available anywhere else.  We’ve got everything from Hostess gifts and Stocking Stuffers to wonderful ‘Main-Course’ gifts.  See the ‘photo gallery’ below.

ONE WEEK LEFT
To shop our HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET!

Open 10 ~ 5
this Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
(Dec. 17-20)

and Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24

After December 24, Harlequin’s Gardens
will be closed until March 3, 2016

ON SALE!

This week you will find some items on sale at significant discounts –

Spring-blooming Bulbs, 50% off

Succulent Houseplants, 30% off 

 

Ritual Chocolate bars,15% off

Come in to find additional unadvertised bargains! 

We are profoundly grateful that the response to our market this year has been fantastic, and we’re having such a great time doing it!

Several new comments came in this week:

“LOVE your holiday market!
Products by our local creatives are always preferred,
and these are some of the best I’ve seen.
The intimate setting and helpful advice on beekeeping items
were also welcome. Thanks!”

“So warm and cozy –
wish I could have stayed longer to keep shopping!
Beautiful music, too! May have to go back next weekend…”
“Of course the music was lovely and the quality of the artisans.
There were also some tasty morsels to sample.
The atmosphere was festive.”

WHERE THE BEES ARE IN THE WINTER

Just like us, bees huddle together indoors when it is snowy and cold.  For them, it is all about protecting the queen and the small amount of brood rearing that is going on.  Honeybees live longer in the winter months because they don’t wear themselves out foraging for honey and pollen.  On warm days (above 50) they will leave the hive and take “cleansing flights”, which means exactly what it sounds like!  They will also freely access honey stores in the top box.  Many beekeepers have already put pollen and/or sugar patties on top of the bottom brood box where the bees can easily access it.  The bees rotate from the inside to the outside of the cluster and may grab a nip of food while on the outside.   If you put your ear to the outside opening of the hive you can hear the gentle buzz of the colony generating warmth.  Sadly, many of the bees on the outside of the cluster sacrifice themselves to keep their sisters and the queen warm.   Fingers are crossed and hopes are high that the colony will survive the cold dark nights and have enough food in their reserves (and with some supplementation).

Solitary and native bees, even bumblebees, do not over-winter as a colony.  Only the queen, and in some cases larvae, are present in nesting boxes, holes in wood or underground.  Their chances of surviving the winter are much better than a honeybee hive.

WHAT TO GIVE A BEEKEEPER?

Gloves are always a welcome gift because as the beekeeper works the hives, they get sticky and stiff from propolis and honey.  They don’t really wash well and need to be replaced.  The ones we carry in the Bee Barn tend to run quite large so be sure to buy a size or even two smaller than regular gloves.  It’s no fun to have bits of glove hanging off the end of your fingers getting caught between frames and the hive.
Log Book – Every good beekeeper should keep records of the status of their hives every time they look in the hive or observe bee behavior.  We carry the “Mighty Giant” version which is bright yellow with weatherproof pages.
Hive Tools – Beekeepers love their hive tools and like to have different ones for different uses.  If the beekeeper on your list only has the regular hive tool, they will appreciate receiving one of the more unusual ones such as the extra long or the multi-tool.
Books – We have a number of great books including the textbook for the Boulder County Beekeepers’ Beekeeping Class, which will start in January.  One book that is extremely popular is the recently published Beekeeping, Mentor in a Book by local beekeeper Donald Studinsky.  This is a valuable, month by month guide to beekeeping packed with valuable information including the recipe for making your own sugar patties.

WHAT TO GIVE A BEE LOVER?

Come in and check out our metal bee garden stakes, queen bee key rings, books about gardening for bees and native pollinators, bee hand puppets from Folkmanis, locally hand-made majolica bee bowls, mugs and candle sticks and, of course, our huge selection of locally-crafted beeswax candles.

Still don’t know what to give?  Talk with one of our beekeepers on staff, either Engrid, Diane or Amy is there every day the Holiday Market is open, for even more great ideas and of course a Harlequin’s Gift Certificate suits everyone!

Thank you for your continued support!

Warmly,Eve & Mikl Brawner
and the Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

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Fall 2015 Newsletter

Harlequin’s Gardens
Fall 2015 Newsletter
www.HarlequinsGardens.com 303-939-9403

Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,
Welcome to Autumn and to Harlequin’s Gardens Fall Plant Sale.
With fall approaching, days and nights are more equal in length. This signals plants to shift energy from flowers to roots. And this is why it is both an excellent time in Colorado for planting and for fertilizing. Evergreens, like our Colorado-grown dwarf conifers, Woodward Junipers and Bristlecone Pine should be planted in early autumn so they will be well-rooted to avoid drying out during our sunny winters. And fertilizing is best done by mid-September so plants will have the nutrition to produce flower and fruit buds for next spring. This is especially important for fruit trees and berry bushes to produce well the following year. But even roses, shrubs and perennials perform better with fall fertilization.
Our efforts to secure plants free from neonicotinoid pesticides really paid off this year. Harlequin’s Gardens is not only 100% neonic-free, we have the best selection of plants we have ever had. Our Fall Sale always offers good deals on our healthy plants, but this year you will have the biggest selection to choose from: natives, roses, perennials, shrubs and ground covers—we have them. And they will not poison our bees, butterflies or beneficial insects, nor weaken or kill our birds, soil bacteria or symbiotic fungi. We see this value, not as a bonus, but as the new standard of life support for our planet.
Research at CSU has shown that fall is the most important time to fertilize turf grass. We carry organic fertilizers that are good for lawns. September is the best time of year to aerate. Follow that with fertilizer and ideally with a quarter inch of compost topdressing. This will thicken up thin lawns and help to prevent fungal diseases. Fall is also an excellent time to apply Corn Gluten,the organic weed and feed,.
Nature Cycle Lawn Fertilizer: made from chicken manure, blood meal, feather meal
Alpha One Fertilizer: alfalfa, cottonseed meal, blood meal, sunflower
Lawn Topdressing: composted chicken manure and wood chips
Mile-Hi Rose Feed: with alfalfa and kelp; excellent for Sept. use; promotes repeat flowering & strength
Yum Yum Mix: cottonseed, rock dust, alfalfa, rock phosphate, kelp: perennials, shrubs & xeriscapes
Biosol: fungal mass with many nutrients; certified organic; for lawns, perennials, veggies, shrubs
Tomato & Vegetable Food and Harlequin’s Fertility Mix: both great for fall veggie planting
Planters II, now Rocky Mt. Minerals, is a rock dust very beneficial for plant health & nutrient density.
Kelp for micronutrients; Humate to make nutrients available

Organic Fall Veggie Starts: More people are catching on to planting cool-season greens in the fall. This can be very rewarding & the season can be extended with row cover & mulch:
Many varieties of Kale, Lettuce and Mesclun Lettuce, Spinach, & Swiss Chard, plus Arugula, Kohlrabi, Broccoli Raab, Winter Cress,& Asian Greens: Bok Choy, Tat Soi, Senposai These new premium plants cannot be sold at a discounted price

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

Our Fall Sale has graduated discounts that change and increase through September. Our discounts might not dive as rapidly or as deeply as some stores, because we are not dumping the dregs before they crash. Our plants are still strong and healthy and neonic-free. We choose our plants carefully, buy from the better suppliers, and we grow thousands of plants organically in nutritious potting mixes that we blend ourselves. We go to great lengths to insure your planting success, and to support your organic methods. See page 4 for Fall Sale details.

BULBS- (no discount) Don’t envy our species tulips, deer-resistant daffodils, and fragrant hyacinths next spring when you visit Harlequin’s. Get them from us and plant them now. We will have many kinds of bulbs and new varieties. Check our website under Plants/Bulbs for detailed descriptions and photos of this year’s selection.

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA: Opens Monday, August 31, where you will find the very beautiful and dependable ‘Red Creeping Thyme’ and ‘Wooly Thyme’, Creeping Baby’s Breath, Herniaria, Kelaidis Ice Plant, Corsican Viola, Lamb’s Ears, Agastache rupestris etc reduced from $3.95 to $1.75. One gallon heirloom irises for $5, one gallon roses for $10 and More. Many kinds of Hen and Chicks for $1.00.

And before we lose you in the fall sale details, we want to be sure you see the announcement for our incomparable Holiday Gift Market, when we will be offering locally-made artisan goods & products.  You will want to print off a copy of the invitation ‘postcard’ as a reminder, and because it is also your entry form for a drawing for two $100 Harlequin’s Gift Certificates!  One entry per customer, please. Here’s the link: Printable Postcard

Beekeepers: visit our Bee Barn for your bee equipment needs including: Cloake Boards, Grafting Tools, Mesh Strainers, Gift Honey Containers, Capping Scratchers etc.

Our new crop of Fruit Trees, grown in our own potting mix, with mycorrhizae, and without any pesticides or chemical fertilizers, will be available at regular prices. They are in short supply and cannot be discounted.

Most of the rest of our plants ARE on SALE including:

ORGANIC HERB STARTS: Comfrey, Valerian, Hyssop, Stevia, Rosemary, Angelica, Stinging Nettle, several Lavenders, many Mints, Oregano, Wild Parsley, Prunella, Winter Savory, Golden Feverfew and more

BERRIES: Organic Strawberry plants; fall-fruiting, dependable Raspberries; Zone 4 Table Grapes and hardy Wine Grapes, all chosen for good flavor and success in Colorado. Also HOPS.

GROUNDCOVERS: several creeping thymes, great for summer flowering and bee-support (neonic-free), Paronychia (‘Tough As Nails’)-looks like a thyme, but more water-wise; many varieties of creeping Veronica, blooming blue in spring including Turkish Veronica, Thyme-leaf Veronica, Crystal Rivers, Wooly Veronica, True Allioni with 4” spikes and the rare and tough ‘Dick’s Wine’ with purple-pink flowers. Also many sedums including: ‘Dragon’s Blood’ with deep pink flowers and red fall color, evergreen ‘Acre’, luscious Sedum cauticola lidakense with gray-purple foliage and rich pink flowers, Bailey’s Gold, the Sedum hybridum Panayoti collected in Kazakhstan, our native Sedum lanceolatum and the Plant Select ‘Turquoise Tails’ and creeping oregano, low teucriums, Herniaria, creeping potentilla, and more.

VINES: Clematis, Honeysuckles, Trumpet Vines, Orn. Grape, Hops, Bittersweet, Wisteria
We have 10 varieties of Hummingbird Mints (Agastaches) and we aim to sell them by Sept. 15, because they establish better if planted earlier in the fall: Blue Fortune, Coronado, A. rupestris, Joyful, Blue Blazes, Golden Jubilee, Sonoran Sunset, giant A. barberi & its selections Tutti Frutti & Firebird. Thanks to Kelly Grummons for the new varieties.

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES: Our Harlequin-grown one gallon grasses are perfectly ready.
They were not shipped here from California in the spring and now root-bound. Ours will not only survive, they will thrive when planted in September: Little Bluestem, Northern Sea Oats, Blonde Ambition, Stipa pennata, Shenandoah Switchgrass, Sideoats Grama, Blue Grama, Pennisetum orientale, Karl Foerster, Giant Sacaton and Undaunted Muhly Grass
Neonic-free Grasses are hard-to-find: Ours will not attract insects and poison them

ROSES: Our proven, sustainable own-root roses will be 20% off the entire month of September. A huge selection of our premium plants

TREES: many varieties, container-grown have complete root systems and are easy to plant: Mt. Ash with white flowers and red berries-not affected by Emerald Ash Borer, Crab Apples, Hawthorns, Aspens, Chokecherry, Buffaloberry, Mayday Tree, Rocky Mt. Juniper, Oaks

Shrubs: both native and non-native, some in #2 pots are Harlequin-Grown in nutrient-rich soil mix with worm compost and mycorrhizae; economical & premium quality: Butterfly Bush, Rose of Sharon, Lead Plant, Currants, Fernbush, Spirea, Cotoneaster, Chilopsis

HUNDREDS OF PERENNIALS: like ‘Harlequin’s Silver’ Germander, Tuscan Honeymoon Dianthus, Russian Sage, Lamiastrum ‘Herman’s Pride’, Prairie Petunia, Yellow Columbine, Perky Sue, 10 varieties of Penstemon, Chocolate Flower, Ajuga ‘Catlin’s Giant’, Plumbago, Eriogonum allenii and others, Anemone robustissima, many great Hardy Geraniums, several Coral Bells, Agaves, several Goldenrods, Bergenia, Regal Lily, Salvias: ‘Windwalker’, daghestanica, grandiflora, East Friesland, Blue Hill, reptans etc; Scabiosa- Fama, Blue Butterfly, lucida; Oregano: Hopley’s Purple, Kent’s Beauty, Amethyst Falls, sipyleum, Wood’s Compact, many Dianthus, several Asters, Echium, Zauschneria, Moon Carrot, Tall Globemallow, Helianthemum, Harebell Campanula

Winter-hardy Cacti: Mt. Ball, Snow Leopard Cholla, Lloyd’s Hedgehog-orange, Claret Cup-red-orange, Fendler’s Hedgehog-purple, Pincushion Ball- deep pink & prickly pears

Newsletters by Email: Please choose to receive our newsletters by email. Go to our website @ www.harlequinsgardens.com and click on Subscribe

Special Event August 29: don’t miss the 2015 Taste of Tomato: festival & tasting (see www.HarlequinsGardens.com for complete information)

Open: Daily 9-5 and Thursday 9-6 ; October: daily 9-5
www.HarlequinsGardens.com 303-939-9403

FALL SALE: We cannot offer our plants at deeper discounts, because our neonic-
free plants are hard to find and our Harlequin-grown plants are premium quality.
(You pay more for plants grown in poor soil with chemicals that struggle, die and/or poison our Earth)

MEMBERS SALE: Monday, August 24 thru August 30: for your special support, you are rewarded with first pick: 20% off all plants except Fruit Trees, and 25% off books (Membership is still $20, membership supports our demo gardens & has benefits)

FALL SALE begins for everybody: Monday, August 31 thru Sept. 6: 20% off most plants except veggies, berries, fruit trees and bulbs. The Deep Discount section will be opened with $1.75 perennials (were $3.95 & $4.95),$1.oo Hen and Chicks, $10 roses etc.

September 7 thru 13 enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs & trees. And 20% off Roses, AND 20% off soil products in big bags and 20% off Compost Tea

Sept. 14 thru 20 take 25% off perennials, shrubs and trees; 20% off Roses and books; and 30% off soil products in big bags and 20% off Compost Tea

Sept. 21 thru 27 take 30% off perennials, shrubs and trees, and 30% off soil products in big bags, 20% off Roses and Books; Compost Tea- buy one, get one FREE!

Sept.28 thru Oct. 30 there will be a 30% discount off perennials and shrubs and trees. 20% OFF Roses and Books And 50% off soil products in big bags; 50% off Compost Tea

CLOSED OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 26
Reopening Nov. 27 for our Holiday Gift Market

NEW * WINTER HOURS & HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET * NEW

Opens Green Friday Nov. 27-Dec. 24 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10-5
Offering: exceptional local artisan goods: Eve’s gluten-free shortbread cookies, Engrid’s jams & preserves, local specialty foods, herbal body-care products, bees-wax candles, jewelry, clothing & accessories, gift certificates, books, CD’s, gardening tools, planting calendars, gloves, Mikl’s Aftershave, illuminated magnifiers, succulent plants, honey & bee-keeping supplies; MANY other great gifts. Door-prize drawings daily !!!

Fall Newsletter printable version (pdf)

Click on image for printable version.

2015 Holiday Market postcard


Harlequin’s 2015 Opening & new Bee Barn!

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!

ANNOUNCING the new Harlequin’s Gardens BEE BARN & our new WHERE the BEES ARE Bi-Monthly Reports

Harlequin’s Gardens is now open for the 2015 season!

We at Harlequin’s Gardens have loved and supported bees for a long, long time. We also know that many of our customers keep bees, or would like to learn more about how to support bees and other pollinators and how to keep honeybee hives.

Now we are very excited to announce that we are inaugurating a Neonic-Free policy, (about which we will tell you more in our upcoming Spring Invitation & Newsletter). And, we are now offering an extensive line of beekeeping supplies! By the Herculean efforts of Mikl, several fabulous helpers who pitched in at just the right time, and our staff of amazing Wonderwomen, we have transformed the back portion of our building into The Bee Barn (painted the color of honey, of course!).

The first shipment (over 80 boxes and 3 pallets) of beekeeping supplies have arrived and more is on its way.  Our new Bee Barn is full of a good selection of products including Langstroth hive equipment such as starter kits, Deep, Medium and Honey Supers (both assembled and unassembled) as well as a selection of Top Bar hives.  We have locally constructed Top Bar Hives made with Beetle-Kill Pine and screened bottoms. Come and check out our great selection of Hive Tools, Equipment, Protective Gear, Feeding supplies and great books including the recently published, “Beekeeping Mentor in a Book”  by local beekeeping expert, Don Studinski. Special Ordering is also available and we will be expanding our product line in coming months.

If you are a new beekeeper, we can help you decide what you need because we have beekeepers on staff to answer questions and give advice. You will find our prices are quite reasonable. And we are offering three different classes about honeybees (in which you’ll be able to visit the bees in our own Top Bar and Langstroth hives) and native bees, as well as other great bee-related subjects. Please review our extensive class offerings here.

~Introducing a new Blog~

We are happy to present the first edition of our new feature, Where the Bees Are, a bi-monthly report on what’s happening in beehives around the Front Range area, and what bee-supporting plants are blooming, both in the natural landscape and in gardens. We plan to send this informative report to you twice a month through the bee season, and post it on our website as well. We hope it will give gardeners and beekeeper-gardeners some new ideas for choosing plants and sequencing bloom in their gardens to make the garden a haven for honeybees, wild bees (Boulder County is home to hundreds of species!), and other pollinators. If you have feedback about Where the Bees Are, please contact us by sending a note in the mail to 4795 N 26th St., Boulder CO 80301.

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As we all know, late February and early March have been bitterly cold and snowy, which is very hard on honeybee colonies.  Honeybees are the only bees that over-winter as a colony. This makes hive management interesting and challenging.  Temperatures in January and February were unseasonably warm, which triggered the bees to get out and take cleansing flights and search for forage. The Maple trees bloomed about 3 weeks early this year and pollen was eagerly collected. In some sunny gardens, early Crocus and Species Iris, like I. reticulata and I. danfordii, began blooming as early as the first week in February. One of our native shrubs, Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea), was blooming in February – inconspicuous to us humans, but definitely noticed by the bees. Honeybees will leave the hive if the weather is sunny and temperatures are over about 50 degrees, but when conditions are cold they stay in a cluster in the hive, shivering to create the kinetic heat that keeps the Queen and the brood warm.  The rest of the bees in the hive rotate from the outside to the inside of the cluster and back again for warmth. The brood is very limited in size to 50-100 bees and the brood cycles overlap and become larger over time as forage and weather begins to be favorable.  Hopefully, there is enough stored honey for them to make it through these lean times, but many beekeepers supplement with pollen patties and sugar cakes. Even so, prolonged cold can cause hive losses as the bees are reluctant to move away from the cluster and the brood to tap into nearby reserves and may starve within an inch of stored honey as they will not leave their brood unprotected. Sometimes robbing occurs and the bees entering and leaving the hive are not the residents. Beekeepers check their hives for dead-outs caused by weather, starvation and disease whenever temperatures are warm enough to observe the bees out and about around the hive or by opening the hives on warm, sunny days.

As this latest cold snap recedes and throughout the month of March, things become a lot more exciting for beekeepers. Equipment needs to be cleaned, repaired, replaced and built in anticipation of bee packages and nucs (brood frames), ordered at least 45 days ago for delivery and installation in April. Inspections will be conducted more frequently as Queen health and brood sizes are checked. Colony strength is assessed for the possibility of splits and old comb may be removed from the bottom of Langstroth hives.  It’s also time to scrape off burr comb and remove uneaten candy, if any.

As temperatures warm a very important bloom time begins – Dandelions!  Dandelion pollen is moderately nutritious and the nectar is abundant and they bloom just in time to feed over-wintered colonies. Dandelions are a vital source of food for honeybees at a time when almost nothing else is available. And they often occur in large groupings, which makes foraging more efficient.

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Special thanks to Engrid Winslow for providing much of the content of this report!

Look for our second edition in your mailbox later this month.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

In MARCH we are open Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, from 9am to 5pm

for soil amendments, potting soils, seeds, seed-starting supplies, gardening supplies and tools, seed potatoes, onion plants, early cool-season veggie and herb starts, beekeeping supplies, great classes, gift certificates, and much more!

Beginning APRIL 1, we will be open daily. Please see our upcoming Spring Invitation & Newsletter for more details.

Eve & Mikl Brawner and the fabulous staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Holiday Gift Market 2014

Holiday Gift Market 2014

We are excited that Harlequin’s Gardens will Re-Open on Friday November 28th – Green Friday – for our 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Market, with expanded hours!

HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET

Open from Nov. 28th through Dec. 21st

10 am to 5 pm

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

In 2012 we inaugurated our Holiday Gift Market, featuring unique and exceptional goods crafted by local artisans, delicious local artisan foods, and sustainable, innovative, fun and practical goods for home and garden. So many of you have told us that our Holiday Gift Market is your favorite holiday shopping experience, that you appreciate our focus on locally-made and responsible products, and that you found outstanding, affordable presents at Harlequin’s for everyone on your list.

This year most of our artisans and products are back, and we’ve added more than 25 new products and 14 new artisans and producers! You’ll find many choices of everything from ‘stocking-stuffers’ to ‘necessary luxuries’ for men, women and children.

We will also host several Book-Signing Events!  Outstanding local authors will sign their recently-released books – see the Book-Signing Schedule below, under BOOKS & CDs.

And every day of our Holiday Market offers a chance to escape from the repetitive mass-market Christmas music that assails us everywhere else.  You will especially enjoy our Holiday Open House (see below), where we will again present exquisite live music from some our very best local talent.

Please share this invitation with friends and family who haven’t discovered us yet!

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 three $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES!  To enter this drawing, bring in our entry form (the postcard we mailed to you in our Fall Newsletter), OR print a copy from our website at this link: Printable Entry Form

………….  and present it when you shop our Holiday Market.

Please join us for our

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

~~~ November 28th, 29th & 30th ~~~

Featuring Live Music & Home-made Treats

Music Schedule:

Friday Nov. 28

11:30am to 1:30pm PAUL VISVADER, World music guitar

Saturday Nov. 29

11:00am to1:00pm MASON BROWN, Celtic & Appalachian guitar & vocals, & pardessus viol

1:30pm to 3:30pm  ADAM AGEE, Celtic fiddle 

Sunday Nov. 30

11:00am to 1:00pm COLIN LINDSAY, Celtic fiddle & concertina

1:pm to 2:30pm MARGOT KRIMMEL, Celtic & original harp

CDs by these and other fine local artists will be for sale in our Holiday Market!

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HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET OFFERINGS

We have arranged our list of products in categories so you can more easily locate the kinds of items you’re looking for.  Look for the green category headings.

TASTE OF COLORADO – FINE LOCAL ARTISAN TREATS
Make a Taste of Colorado Gift Basket – a perfect gift for almost everyone!

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

Engrid’s Fine Fruit Preserves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!P1060016
Our own Engrid Winslow makes the kind of jams, jellies and chutneys that make you close your eyes and sigh with pleasure. She uses fresh, organic fruit, and very little sugar, so the fruit flavors shine. She makes the classics as well as many delicious originals, like Crabapple-Orange, Hand-picked Black Raspberry, and Sweet Cherry Chutney, to name just a few. You’ll find delicious uses for Engrid’s preserves, in breakfasts, hors d’oevres, salad dressings, glazes, and desserts. 

Ritual ChocolateRitual Chocolate
Chocolate to live for! Ritual Chocolate is a quality-focused small-batch craft chocolate made in Denver. Their old-world, artisan approach and dedication to every detail of the complex process produces chocolate as delicious, distinctive and memorable as fine wine – meant to be savored. Ritual’s single-origin chocolate is hand-crafted by traditional methods with ethically-sourced cacao from several choice growers around the world. Unlike most chocolatiers, who buy their beans already roasted, or even fully processed, Ritual starts with raw beans and they hand-sort, roast, winnow, mix, refine, conche, age, temper, mold and wrap (bet you didn’t know how much goes into making a really good chocolate bar!). We offer 4 varieties of their single-source organic bars.  Combine with some Askinosie Sipping Chocolate and Cocoa Powder for a chocolate-lover’s dream gift!

Askinosie Chocolate – Harlequin’s Exclusive! New!P1060225
The only product in this category not made in Colorado, we felt compelled to go a bit farther, to Springfield, Missouri, to bring you the finest single-origin artisan. Cocoa Powder and Sipping Chocolates available. Askinosie’s products are also ethically-sourced, well beyond Fair-Trade requirements, and they engage in a truly progressive relationship with their Missouri staff and with the cacao growers and their communities. We offer their heavenly Sipping Chocolate in two flavors – ‘Single Origin’, and ‘Mexican Style’, and their classic Single Origin Natural Cocoa Powder.  Sipping chocolate is just like drinking a chocolate bar- thick, rich, and indulgent. Simply mix with milk or heavy cream and enjoy. Their non-alkalized Cocoa Powder is perfect for making a world-class traditional hot cocoa, and also great for baking.

Wellspring Way Herb-Infused Honeys – New!
What a yummy way to take your medicine! Herbalist Leslie Lewis uses herbs from her medicinal garden and raw, unpasteurized honey from her hive to produce these delicious and healing condiments. All the beneficial enzymes in the honey have been preserved in the low-temperature infusion process. Three infusions are offered – Oregano, Lavender and Ginger, each with uses in teas, glazes for roasted or grilled foods, and much more. 

Balsamic Nectar
A best-seller at our Holiday Gift Markets, Balsamic Nectar is a high-quality balsamic vinegar reduction made in Boulder by our friends Ben and Kerry. It comes very close to Italy’s ‘Traditional Balsamic Vinegar’, which takes many years, even decades of barrel-aging to mature to a thick, richly-flavored, sweet glaze, quite different from ordinary Balsamic vinegars. The reduction process developed by Balsamic Nectar is entirely natural yet doesn’t heat the vinegar, accelerating the aging to just a couple of months, and making this ‘magic ingredient’ far more affordable. Balsamic Nectar give s the perfect finishing touch to cheeses, grilled or roasted veggies or meats, fresh berries, even ice cream!  Check our next blog to find out when Ben will be at Harlequin’s to conduct a tasting.

St. Claire’s Organic Mints, Candies, Pastilles & Lozenges
Yea!  Totally organic! Made in Boulder by herbalist Debra St. Claire! No corn syrup! Delicious! Effective! Packaged in pretty tins! Incredibly cheap!

Local Raw Honey – New!
Tim Brod is a master beekeeper who keeps over a dozen apiaries around Boulder County. He moves the hives several times a year to take advantage of timely and diverse nectar flows – it is not a monoculture honey. Tim’s Highland Honey is delicious and pure, and contains the natural enzymes that make it an extremely healthy food as well. The honey is raw, unfiltered and unheated – never subjected to temperatures higher than the natural temperatures found in beehives, 95 degrees F. The honey is also creamed, ensuring that it will never become crystallized hard. It comes in attractive hexagonal jars.

Organic India Teas
The most delicious, the most righteous teas! Organic India is a Boulder-based grower of Tulsi, (also known as Holy Basil) and all of the other ingredients in their organic, beyond fair-trade products. Tulsi teas have many health benefits including reducing stress, supporting the immune system, aiding digestion, balancing energy, and relieving allergy symptoms. Tulsi is also delicious, and we carry six great flavors: Original, Tulsi Ginger, Tulsi Rose, Tulsi Jasmine, Tulsi Chai, and India Breakfast. Organic India is a leader in sustainable business, cultivating ecology with organic/biodynamic practices while supporting social justice and dignity.

 
PLANTS
Air Plants & Succulents
This year we will have Air Plants (Tillandsia sps.) and glass containers for them, as well as tropical succulent plants, both for easy indoor growing.  Air plants and Succulents are very sculptural plants and thrive indoors with very little attention. And some of our succulents have medicinal properties you can use in your home. We can give you details when you come in.

PERSONAL ADORNMENT

heARTfelt Hand-Felted Bags – New!P1060228
Lisa Robb’s experiments in wool felting led to the discovery of her own technique for embedding patterned silk in the surface of the felt. The resulting gorgeous, textured and color-saturated, one-of-a kind purses, handbags and shoulder bags will make treasured gifts for the gals on your list. Paisley, floral, tie-dye, geometric – the variety is unlimited! Hand-made in Aurora, CO.

Cat’s Grin Metal Art Jewelry – New!Kathleen Gatliffe necklace
Kathleen Gatliffe’s sterling silver jewelry combines natural themes with almost Scandinavian simplicity and a suggestion of folk-art stencil patterns.  We are very happy to add her lovely necklaces and earrings to our collection of fine holiday gift items from local artisans.

True June – New!P1060248
Jennifer Knuth’s fine semi-precious bead necklaces and bracelets beg to be worn every day.The small beads are crocheted into a strong, super-fine cord. They are so charmingly simple, and almost weightless, making them easy to wear with everything. I know people who never take them off.

Botanical Necklaces from Winter Garden StudioP1050117
Adrienne DeLoe’s leaf-pendant necklaces are alive with color and light.  In her Denver studio, In her Denver studio, Adrienne fashions these lovely pendants, each one a celebration of the flowers and foliage from her garden, some vivid, some subtle and demure, all very attractive and affordable.

Bandhani Silk Scarves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!P1040784
In 2013 I had the exciting opportunity to attend the International Folk-Art Market in Santa Fe, NM.  The market is unique in arranging sponsorship for hundreds of exceptional artisans from dozens of countries around the globe so that they can get the exposure they would never experience at home and use their profits to benefit their villages. Attendees also had the opportunity to talk with many artisans about their work and their lives.

Amongst the thousands of wonderful handcrafts there, I found myself particularly drawn to these exquisite Bandhani tie-dyed silk scarves, made by a community of about 200 traditional tie-dyers in Kutch, Gujarat, where this art has been practiced for centuries. Bandhani is the art of creating beautiful patterns on fabric by intricately tying thousands of tiny knots, then dying, using a complex, ancient, labor-intensive process unique to Gujarat and Rajastan. These stunning scarves look great with everything from jeans to evening attire. They are one-of-a kind treasures, made by a socially and environmentally-responsible cottage industry awarded the Unesco Seal of Excellence for standard-setting quality and craftsmanship.  A gift any woman will treasure. Mixed patterns & colors. Limited stock.

aGain and Sweet Ann Marie’s – New!
Ann Mitchell loves to sew! And she loves to recycle. So it’s only natural that she would put the two together and create fun fashion by re-purposing high-quality wool and cashmere sweaters to make wonderful one-of-a-kind jackets, coats, ‘arm cozies’ and cashmere baby caps.. We also carry her very cozy and flattering fleece hats. In her line of children’s clothing, Sweet Ann Marie’s, she makes adorable ‘onesies’ dresses, reversible dresses for toddlers, kids’ aprons, and baby booties. Ann sews up a storm in her Lafayette, CO studio.

Twenty Pound Tabby Earrings and OrnamentsAcorn earrings orange1b
We’ve known Cheryl for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). A few years ago we discovered that she is also a multi-talented craftswoman. Her whimsical ornaments are original designs, meticulously hand-dyed, painted and beaded, sewn on a 1948 Singer sewing machine, and stuffed. They are double sided so they look good from all angles. Because of the nature of the hand dyeing and hand painting, no two ornaments are ever exactly alike. Cheryl also makes felted Acorn Earrings, made with real acorn caps, dainty Czech Glass Flower Earrings, and vegetable-tanned leather leaf barrettes.

Fox Ryde Recycled Copper Jewelry, Silk ScarvesFox Ryde Recycled Copper Pin
Made from copper reclaimed from old roofing, gutters, pipes and such, these beautiful, original pins have a warm glow and beautiful patina, and feature design motifs from nature. Sheron Buchele Rowland makes these in their Loveland CO studio.  She also makes her own natural plant dyes to color her silk scarves in luminous tones.

Scandinavian Slipper Socks – Harlequin’s Exclusive!
Our own Engrid Winslow makes these warm and beaP1040778utifully patterned soft wool slipper-socks, based on traditional Scandinavian designs and knitted using Swedish twined knitting techniques which make them thick, warm and durable so they can be worn as house slippers.  They are made with 100% wool and are machine washable in cold water and should be laid flat to dry. Sizes range from women’s shoe sizes 6 to 9.  She is also offering ‘regular’ socks in a washable wool/poly blend in lovely color blends with reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men.  Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks!

PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

Dr. Brawner’s Healing Aloe Aftershave – Harlequin’s Exclusive!P1040844
Formulated and made in Boulder by ‘the doctor’ himself (Mikl Brawner), from 99% pure Aloe Vera Gel, with cold-pressed, organic Rosehip Seed Oil; 100% pure Jojoba Oil, and 32,000 IU Vitamin E Oil, along with essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver, and Rose. That’s all. No alcohol, nothing synthetic, non-greasy. All the ingredients are natural plant products, chosen for their skin-healing qualities. The steam-distilled Rose Oil is a powerful anti-viral and antiseptic. The other ingredients are good for healing burns and dry and damaged skin, inflammation, wrinkles. They are moisturizing and uplifting to the spirits. Mikl has made and used this formula for more than 10 years to heal his Irish skin from the abrasion of shaving and the drying effects of the Colorado sun (and keep him looking youthful and handsome). And it smells wonderful! (and it’s not just for men).

NovAurora Natural Skin Care – New!
Founded in 2000 by our friend Pamela Lambert in Boulder, novAurora Natural Skin Care makes unscented skin-care products for men and women from pure, botanical, body-friendly ingredients – organically grown where available – that promote skin health and beauty, regenerate skin on the cellular level. And stimulate the body to produce its own life-giving nutrients, while doing no harm to the environment or other living beings. Their products include: Soap-free Facial Cleanser (Eve’s favorite), Lotion Potion (for potters and gardeners), Pure Organic Jojoba Oil, Odorless Organic Shea Butter, Weekend Warrior Balm with MSM.  All novAurora products are non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, and never tested on animals.

Wellspring Way Herbals – New!
A certified clinical herbalist since 2006, our friend Leslie Lewis is passionate about growing and using plants for their remarkable healing properties. Her beehive and beautiful xeric garden in Longmont provide most of the raw ingredients for Wellspring Way’s salves and infused honeys, all of which are organic, nutrient-dense, and pesticide-free. The very effective salves address a number of conditions – insomnia, lung congestion, fungal infection, rash & sunburn, and cracked skin. And the herb- infused honeys offer a healing and delicious condiment with many culinary uses. Leslie also teaches a popular class in Medicinals as Ornamentals in a Xeriscape for Harlequin’s Gardens in the summer.

Kisu Neroli Lip Balm
Created by 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.

Cool Goddess Mist & Sandalwood Mist 
Cool Goddess is a wonderfully refreshing spritzer from Boulder-based Plum Botanicals. It provides instant relief when temperatures soar, and is especially helpful for hot flashes, containing plant essences known for balancing hormones, as well as cooling and calming.  Sandalwood mist is another great cooling and refreshing spritzer made with the finest essence of Sandalwood – woodsy, spicy, exotic!

‘Trementina’ Traditional Pinyon Salve – Exclusive!
The Spanish word ‘trementina’ has come to be used as the name for the sap of the pinyon tree of New Mexico. Folk remedies made from this sap have been used for centuries by cowboys, farmers and ranchers to relieve dry, cracked skin, abrasions and scrapes, and for drawing out splinters. Made in New Mexico’s ‘curandera’ tradition by our friend Pamela Clum, who climbed the pinyon trees to gather the sap, and infused it in olive oil and New Mexico beeswax to create this rare traditional salve. Each tin of salve comes in a lovely organza gift bag.

Lamborn Mt. Farmstead Lotion, Soaps, Hydrosol and Culinary LavenderP1060239
Our friends Carol and Jim Schott, who you may remember as founder of Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy of Niwot, CO, have resettled over on the Western Slope and created Lamborn Mt. Farmstead on a mesa overlooking Paonia, CO in the North Fork Valley, an area known for its organic orchards, vegetables farms, and vineyards; Carol and Jim are helping to add lavender to that list. From the milk of their own goats and lavender from their fields, they make the most luxuriously creamy, moisturizing hand and body lotion and gentle aromatic soaps. We also offer their Cedar Rose and Rosemary Lemon Mint soaps, calming & uplifting Lavender Hydrosol, and their Culinary Lavender – lavender buds harvested at their peak from varieties especially valued for use in cooking (some recipes included!) and tea. All their products are hand-made in small batches.

Blair’s HerbalsP1050102
We are pleased to offer our friend Blair Chandler’s line of handmade, reiki-infused, self-care products that bring forth the healing properties of the biodynamically-grown plants she raises in her organic Boulder garden.  We carry her long-lasting, moisturizing Goddess Soaps (all natural glycerin infused with nourishing herbs and a magical touch of mica), relaxing and healing mineral-rich Bath Salts, and nourishing Breast Oil.

Lavender Skin-Care Products by Colorado Aromatics
Mikl and Eve have been using ‘Mountain Mist’ lavender hand & body lotion from Colorado Aromatics for a long time.  The quality of the lavender scent is exceptional, and the lotion is soothing and moisturizing to dry, abused gardeners’ skin.  We offer individual products, and gift sets in lovely mesh bags. Made in Longmont CO with the finest natural, non-toxic ingredients.

FOR HOME & GARDEN

Bells & Chimes – New!#2 -Dukart stoneware windbells
From within his solar-powered studio in the foothills beyond Lyons, artist Lane Dukart creates one-of-a-kind stoneware bells and chimes, each individually cast and hand-carved with original designs, inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds him. He applies only natural oxides to accentuate the clay’s inherent earthy tones and the rustic textures of his carvings. The durable stoneware clay is fired to over 2000 degrees F, making it impervious to the elements, able to withstand rain, snow and wind, and can be hung outdoors. The gentle tones evoked by the movement of the bells and chimes are soothing and pleasing. Each finished composition is unique

Baby Quilts, Quilted Pot-holders & Table-RunnersP1060244
Our dear friend Lynn Mattingly is a renowned fiber artist, and has been practicing and teaching quilting for decades.  An exceptional sense of color-combining, a fabulouscollection of fabrics and a mastery of design and craftsmanship combine to make Lynn’s work really special.  We love seeing her beautiful pot-holders hanging on our stove, and they have held up in our kitchen for a very long time. Lynn lives just over the hills in Paonia.

Peace Garlands
Our friend Lynn also makes these artful painted fabric garlands or ‘prayer flags’ with the always-appropriate message of Peace.  Drape them on your holiday tree, across the top of a doorway or window, or any place where you’ll enjoy their beauty and soothing sentiment. 3” high.on silk ribbon approx. 48” long.

Abeego Natural, Reusable Eco Food Storage Wraps – Harlequin’s ExclusiveP1010031
We love this! A great natural way to keep food fresh and safe, and reduce our reliance on plastic. Abeego uses durable, natural hemp/cotton fabric, which they infuse with a blend of 100% natural, simple ingredients – pure beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, all known for their preservative properties, to make a versatile, breathable wrapping or cover for storing foods. Using gentle pressure and the warmth of your hands, shape the flat square to tightly cover a bowl of leftovers, wrap up cheese, form around produce, baked goods, etc. Abeego is malleable and slightly adhesive at room temperature and will stiffen when cool, holding the shape you created.  The beeswax coating is fluid-resistant, keeps food fresh longer than plastic, and is easy to clean. With proper care, you can expect Abeego to last over a year. Each 3-pack contains a 7”, 10”, and a 13” sheet. Made in Canada.

Needle-Felted CreaturesP1050105
Paula Slick is an artist talented in many mediums. She lives in Louisville, CO, where she is a graphic designer and a designer of seasonal events. These days she is working in fiber, creating needle felted creatures from natural wool fiber. The little birds and other creatures are perfect for the windowsill, the Christmas tree, or to place in the hand of a friend. They are non-toxic but not intended for very young children. Each one is very one-of-a-kind, so people love to hold one after another to see which one speaks to them. “Made by hand for your hands”.

Hand-made Journals – New!Mail Attachment
Jeff Becker has made books by hand for almost 20 years. He makes these one-of-a-kind leather-bound journals, the perfect gift for someone who loves to record their travels, inspirations, and observations in sketches, prose and poetry, and have it last for generations. Substantial 100% cotton rag print-maker’s paper, a uniquely embossed frontispiece and soft, durable leather covers with handsome button & cord closures are bound together with a very old and durable German hand-stitching technique that allows the book to lie flat when opened to any page. Each journal is a treasure that awaits someone’s thoughtful hand….perhaps yours?

Ceramic Ikebana Pods & Garden Pods rose in pod plus2
A fusion of whimsy, gesture, pattern, texture and patina characterizes Willi Eggerman’s works in clay, which she conceives as functional sculpture – useful pieces with enough presence to stand alone as objects of aesthetic interest for contemplation.  To make her organic, botanically-inspired porcelain pieces, she employs a wide variety of techniques.

“The seed pod has special appeal to me as a symbol of women, and specifically motherhood. I view seed pods as small sculptures, performance art even, as they form, swell, open, and eventually disintegrate.  They are beautiful, strong, and very practical in getting their job accomplished.”

A long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild, Willi’s work is admired and acclaimed throughout the region.  We are offering some of her Ikebana ‘pods’, perfect for small, informal arrangements or mini-bouquets, and her fanciful pods that can hang on the wall or mount on a garden stake.

Botanical Watercolor Paintings & Clay Art by Eve Reshetnik BrawnerP1040865
Eve Reshetnik Brawner is an award-winning botanical artist whose work has been exhibited around the US and abroad, and is represented in the permanent collection of the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation.  All of Eve’s paintings are executed in watercolor, a challenging but preferred medium for capturing the silky and vibrant translucency of flowers.  In her paintings she has tried to combine minutely accurate scientific detail with the grace and character of each subject. Matted and un-matted prints are available, as well as a few framed original paintings.

In the past few years Eve has turned her talents to the playful medium of clay, and this year has produced a few planters, bird totems, and miscellaneous other pieces to offer at our Holiday Gift Market.

Wall Nichos, Figures & Planters P1050113
Boulder clay artist Mary Lynn Schumacher makes almost mythical forms and figures that evoke stories, animated with delight and imagination. She is an acclaimed artist who has been making functional and sculptural objects in clay for over 25 years, and is a long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild. We have some of Mary Lynn’s wall nichos, which can be used in the home or garden as small personal shrines, a place to perch a votive candle, a flower or other ‘offering’, as well as wall-mounted figures, unique planters (wonderful for succulent plants!), and holiday tree ornaments.

Whimsy in Clay P1050044
Delightfully whimsical and lovable figures and animals in clay from artist Ann Kistner of Lafayette, CO. Ann is a studio-mate of Eve’s in the Longmont Clay Collective at Katy Diver’s inspiring studio. She has a special gift for capturing the gesture and character of her subjects.

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

Sun Garden Creations- New!
Clari Schmidt makes the most delightful, whimsical figures from bits of natural materials.  She has a pre-school in Niwot, and so spends much of her time with young children. This close contact with the innocence, whimsy and wonderment of children informs and inspires her work.

A Ruby Moon – New!Ruby Moon Bee Flag copy 2
Jen Grant creates these cheerful and artful flags with her original designs – display your affection for wildflowers, bees, birds, etc by garlanding an doorway, deck, porch, window or wall. Hand-made in Lafayette, CO.  

Hand-Dipped Beeswax Taper CandlesBEESWAX TAPERS 2
For decades, our friend Tom Theobold of Niwot Honey Farm has been nurturing bees,harvesting honey, and crafting the finest, most elegant, romantic, hand-dipped taper candles you’ll find anywhere.  They are naturally dripless and smokeless, and infuse the room with the gentle, warm fragrance of honey.  They are a perfect fit in any décor, from Zen to Rococco.  Available in pairs, either clear-wrapped or gift boxed.

Majolica Bee Candle-holders – Exclusive!P1040176
Our friends Thea and Lele are well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. We asked them to design and create some small candleholders with a bee motif, to fit the beautiful Niwot Honey Farm beeswax taper candles we carry.  They make a delightful gift for almost anyone (especially paired with the beeswax tapers). 

Amber Lights Cast Beeswax CandlesP1050103
Our friend Clark and his grand-daughter spend quality time together making delightful cast beeswax candles in a variety of shapes and sizes in their Longmont studio. Their delightful array includes simple pillars (several sizes), patterned pillars, pine cones, honey-bears, angels, bee-hives, gnomes, turtles, dragons, and a brand-new line of wonderfully detailed traditional European holiday-season candles. They are highly decorative, naturally endowed with a heavenly honey scent, and burn clean and smokeless.

Cards & PaintingsSunflower jpg
Notecards of vibrant paintings by Boulder watercolor artist and muralist Kathleen Lanzoni feature floral and local landscape subjects.  This year Kathleen will also offer some of her framed and unframed prints.

Woodcut Print Tea Towels, Calendars. Cards – New Designs!2015_calendar_3
Theresa Haberkorn , woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for 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 household items as well, hand-crafting a collection of beautiful block-printed cotton tea-towels, an artful wall calendar, and greeting cards.

Embossed Cards – New!
Lois Edgar 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 will have Lois’s exquisite boxed sets in several themes. 

Botanical Photography Cards
Lynn Kester-Meyer is an avid gardener and her notecards feature lovely close-up botanical photographs from her Boulder County garden.

Luminous ArtsP1050098
Our friend Tricia Grable is an artist and has been working in fiber arts and painting for many years. This year we will have her wonderful cards, napkin sets, and a few choice hand-knitted wool scarves. 

Garden, Spirit & Medicine DollsIMG_1921
Clari Schmidt’s dolls are drawn from her dreams, and filled with inspirations from time spent in her garden, in nature and with children. These unique and delightful figures,made from garden materials, found objects and natural fibers, each carry a little back-pack stuffed with herbs, flowers, feathers, etc. Clari has been working with various animals, and thinks of the animal’s Medicine or Spirit nature while she is creating. She says the mouse ‘medicine’ reminds her about paying attention to details while maintaining sight of the big picture. Placed on a personal altar, a bedside table, in a wall niche, they will bring gentle reminders and uplifting smiles. 

Paintings by Patti BurtonP1060170
Patti Burton is a mover and shaker in the Longmont art scene. Having lived in Mexico for a number of years, she absorbed the colorful and exuberant spirit of their native art, costume, celebrations and architecture, which now inform her paintings and assemblage pieces. Patti’s paintings are semi-abstract, somewhat whimsical, and somewhat mysterious. And they cheer me up every time I see them.
 
FOR KIDS

Stuffed Animal Kits – New!
P1060231Fiber artist Jill Scher hand-crafts kits that you can work on with your child or grandchild and have a fun hour or two making adorable non-toxic wool-felt stuffed animals. The designs are original, the felt is hand-made and hand cut, packaging is minimal, and the directions are very clear. Choose from two delightful series: Puppy Pals and Four-Legged Friends (zebra, elephant, etc.). Jill resides in Carbondale, CO.

Books
Children have a lively interest in the natural world. They love vivid pictures, but they are bored if we dumb it down for them. These children’s books are fascinating even for adults, full of in-depth science, but graphic and fun—many with projects and activities that make facts real. Geology of the Great Plains and Mountain West, Smithsonian Science Handbooks, Butterfly Birthday, Prehistoric World:Cretaceous Life, The Big Rig Bug Book. Also great story books, beautifully told and illustrated – from classic fairy tales to Salman Rushdi’s ‘Luka and the Fire of Life’. Last but not least, the wonderful Peter Yarrow Songbook & CD.

Aprons, Dresses, Hats & Booties
Ann Mitchell’s clothing creations for baby’s and little kids are adorable, original, practical and durable: reversible cotton print dresses, ‘onesies’ dresses, incredibly soft repurposed cashmere knit baby hats, aprons, and a variety of very sweet baby booties. Gift idea: an apron and a date for making cookies together! 

GARDENING BOOKS & TOOLS

2015 Stella Natura Astrological Planting CalendarP1050055
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 22 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.Mikl will be giving a class in Planting by the Moon in March 2015, which will help you better understand and get the most out of your astrological planting calendar.

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.

Beauty Beyond Belief Seeds
BBB is a great local seed company, offering wildflower mixes (Rocky Mt. natives), and flower seed mixes for supporting honey bees and wild bees.  We have their Honey Source, Bee Rescue and Rocky Mountain Wildflower seed mixes, perfect for gifts or holiday party favors.

Gardening and Nature Books by Local Authors
Winter is the season when most gardeners get to read gardening books to help them plan and dream their next gardening season. For the most accurate gardening advice for your Colorado garden, look to our local garden writers!The new ‘Organic Gardener’s Companion’ by Jane Shellenberger, editor & publisher of the Colorado Gardener magazine, offers up-to-date Colorado-specific advice on every aspect of organic vegetable gardening.We also have recent books from Colorado’s ‘garden-laureates’ Lauren Springer Ogden & Scott Ogden, including the new revised ‘Undaunted Garden’And we have other great books by local garden and nature experts:Gwen Moore Kelaidis (Hardy Succulents), Bob Nold (Columbines), Jim Knopf (Waterwise Landscaping), Tammi Hartung (Homegrown Herbs), Leo Chance (Cold-Hardy Cacti), and more!George Peknik (The Meaning of the Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse)

‘Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range’
The perfect gift for anyone who enjoys butterflies or appreciates the natural world, and great for children, too! We have plenty of signed copies of this wonderful recent book by Janet R. Chu and Stephen R. Jones, two of Boulder’s most dedicated naturalists and foremost experts on our local butterflies.This guidebook offers a page for each of the 80 species covered; each includes superb photographs taken in the field by the authors, and descriptions of the butterfly’s appearance, host plants, life cycle, habitat, behavior, identification tips, and descriptions of similar species.  The book also covers the anatomy, ecology and life-cycle of butterflies, useful charts, and great advice on watching and photographing butterflies. Slim enough to slip in the back pocket of your jeans, (or a Christmas Stocking), with a durable cover and binding. Chu and Jones say it best: “We watch butterflies because they’re exquisitely beautiful, have magical life cycles, and teach us about intricate and life-sustaining relationships among plants, insects and their host ecosystems.”

West County Gardening GlovesP1020963
We love West Count 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!  We carry their Work Glove, Landscaper Glove, Waterproof 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.

Japanese Knife-Weeders Japanese Knife Weeder
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 if for planting bulbs as I can make a deep, small hole.  If I could only have one tool forever…I would choose this one.

Our Favorite Gardening Tools
Japanese Knife-Weeders (see above)
Radius Trowels (ergonomic)
Radius Pro Spade (ergonomic)
Radius Pro Garden Fork (ergonomic)
Radius ‘Garden Shark’ Ergonomic Rake
World’s Best Trowel
Garden Bandit Weeders
High-quality clippers, shears and loppers

BOOKS, MUSIC CDs, GIFT CERTIFICATES

Gift Certificates
Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificates are always a perfect gift for any Front Range gardener (okay, maybe not perfect for someone who only grows a water garden) and are always available.  Come in to buy gift certificates and shop our Holiday Market, or follow the instructions on our website to order by phone or mail.  If you need a gift certificate during the months when we are closed (November, January, February) you are welcome to order it by mail or phone.  See Gift Certificates at www.harlequinsgardens.com.

MUSIC CDs
You will love these recordings made by some of the performers playing at our Holiday Open House this year!

The Boulder Irish Session ~ Sunday at Conor’sSunday at Conors
At 28 years old, The Boulder Irish Session is a Boulder ‘institution’ and is still going strong. They are an informal, dynamic gathering of top-notch Front Range musicians who come together on Sunday evenings at Conor O’Neil’s Pub in downtown Boulder to share tunes and songs of the Celtic tradition. Over the years, the Session has gained many loyal followers who know they will always hear some of the best, most spirited live traditional Irish and Celtic music in the region on any given Sunday, comparable to sessions in Galway and County Clare. Harlequin’s Gardens co-owner Eve Brawner is one of the founding members of the Boulder Irish Session and is still a ‘regular’ there, playing English concertina, and singing. About six years ago, the Session produced this vibrant, live-in-the-studio CD, comprised of 15 tracks, presenting 33 of our favorite tunes and songs, played by an ensemble of Session members on fiddle, flute, banjo, concertina, button accordion, tin whistle, octave mandolin (bouzouki), guitar, bodhran and vocals.  

Mason Brown ~ When Humans Walked the EarthP1050025
Mason Brown is a singer-songwriter and guitarist exploring the space where traditions and creative expression intersect. Mason’s fine voice, guitar, banjo, and viola da gamba can be heard in concerts around the region and in Irish Sessions in Boulder. His most recent solo album, When Humans Walked the Earth includes traditional and original songs and tunes, and performances with such noted artists as Randal Bays, Katäri Brown, Connie Dover, Mark Dudrow, Peter Halter, and Roger Landes.  Mason is also a player in the Boulder Irish Session, a Zen Buddhist priest, and a student of ethnomusicology. 

Come and hear Mason play at our Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 

Margo Krimmel ~ Icy December, White BirdsP1050023
Margot is one of the region’s finest and most versatile harpists. Her fresh, innovative approach, passion and virtuosity have won her numerous awards. Her most recent CDs, Icy December and White Birds both feature Margot on harp and Beth Gadbaw’s exquisite vocals.  They are superbly arranged collections of songs rooted in the Celtic tradition. Icy December offers a fresh selection of winter holiday songs, including Celtic and original songs. This is “music that touches the heart”.  The Boulder Irish Session is often graced with Margot’s harp-playing on Sunday nights at Conor O’Neil’s.  Margot teaches harp at her Boulder studio. 

You can hear Margot perform at our Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 30, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. 

Jon Sousa ~ Jon Sousa Solo, Jon Sousa & Jessie Burns, Twilight, One Year OutP1050022
Jon is one of the rising stars of Traditional Irish music and solo finger-style guitar, and has studied and performed to much acclaim in Ireland and Europe as well as Colorado.  Jon’s musical journey started early in his life, including rock and electronic dance music, but after moving to Boulder in 2003, he fell deeply in love with Traditional Irish music. Jon plays both guitar and banjo. His impeccable technique and the grace and passion of his playing are dazzling.  Jon teaches and performs as a duo with the equally talented Adam Agee on fiddle, and can sometimes be found at the Boulder Irish Session at Conor O’Neil’s.  Jon & Adam hope to have an exciting new duo CD, Suan Trai, out in time for our Holiday Gift Market. 

Come hear Adam perform at our Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29, from 1:30 to 3:00pm.

Bonnie Phipps ~ Anything Goesanything_goes
Boulder resident Bonnie Phipps is many things: an international performer, the 2013 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Champion, a former Winfield International Autoharp Champion, a published auther, winner of several national awards for her recordings, a folk singer, a song writer, a storyteller, an undeniable hit with both adult and family audiences, and a friend of ours for many years. She brings her virtuosity to crafting intricate instrumentals and songs that are both fresh and timeless, delighting audiences with her choice of repertoire, imaginative techniques, and creative arrangements. The twelve pieces on this CD span a variety of genres and styles, from jazz standards to traditional folk songs to the lush Malaguena. On many tracks she is joined by excellent musicians on acoustic bass, cello, guitar and percussion.

BOOKS

Farm Fork Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm – New!Skokan
by acclaimed Boulder chef and restaurateur Erik SkokanThe Denver Post calls Eric Skokan and his pioneering farm-to-table enterprises “the most ambitious do-it-yourself chef and restaurateur in Colorado, and among the most accomplished in the nation. In terms of the blossoming ‘locavore’ or local food movement, Skokan is a leader.” The 130-acre Black Cat Farm supplies Eric’s two highly acclaimed restaurants in downtown Boulder, Bramble & Hare and Black Cat Bistro, as well as a Farmer’s Market booth and CSA.  Eric pours his unbounded energy into working hard at all of these enterprises, and loves every part of it. In ‘Farm Fork Food’ Eric shares his cooking philosophy, love of quality ingredients, “Things I’ve learned along the way”, and his inspirational recipes, and invites home cooks to feel the immediacy and excitement of vegetables and fruits just plucked from the garden. The 219 fabulous recipes are rooted in the seasons and the flavors unique to the Front Range region and are beautifully photographed by Con Poulos.

Please join Eric for a cooking demo and book-signing at our Holiday Gift Market on Saturday, December 6th, beginning at 3:30pm.

Recipes for a Sacred Life by local author Rivvy Neshama – New!
From dancing to forgiving, from walking at dawn to sharing dinner with a stranger, our friend Rivvy Neshama’s short true tales invite us to find the sacred in unexpected places and everyday life, connecting us more deeply with love, joy and purpose. Not your typical spiritual book, Recipes for a Sacred Life is rich in heart and humor. It begins with Rivvy’s mother’s recipe for roast chicken, and is written in such a personal, warm and authentic voice, that you may feel you too have known her for years. A wonderful gift book, luminous and uplifting. Recipes for a Sacred Life has received five national awards for inspirational/spiritual book of the year.

Come meet the author and have her sign your copies of the book on Sunday, December 14th from 2 to 3pm.

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

Meet the author and have him sign your copies of the book on Thursday December 4th from 2 to 3pm.  

A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiographybushel_hr
Our favorite local farmer/writer/activist Kayann Short, Ph.D., has written a marvelous and widely acclaimed memoir, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography. In A Bushel’s Worth, Short writes about small-scale, organic farming at Stonebridge Farm in Lyons, along Colorado’s Front Range. At 22 seasons, Stonebridge is the oldest CSA in Boulder County. Through recipes, photographs, and her grandmother’s diaries, Kayann also looks back to her grandparents’ farms in North Dakota for lessons about farms as what she calls “cultivated space” where humans and nature form a fertile alliance. Short’s ecology-based memoir, is a reunion with a family’s farming past and a call to action for preservation of local farmland today. A Bushel’s Worth is a Rocky Mt. Land Library selection. 

Chinook Book Sustainable Local Coupons
This coupon book makes a great gift (and do keep one for yourself!). Focusing on the Denver Metro and Boulder areas, it’s full of  hundreds of discount coupons for environmentally conscious, organic, healthy and fair-trade products, stores, eateries and services you will really use, such as  Boulder County and Denver Farmer’s Markets, Natural Grocers, McGuckin, Ace Hardware, Harlequin’s Gardens, Butterfly Pavillion, Colorado Music Festival, RTD, and so many more. All kinds of organic foods and personal care products, pet foods and services, stuff for kids and moms, gluten-free foods, classes, sporting goods, espresso, chocolate, pizza, granola bars, etc.Both the paper coupon book and the mobile app are available. Trust me – you or the lucky recipient will easily make back the cost of the book many times over.

Thank you so much for your support!  We wish you a season of happiness and fulfillment, and we look forward to seeing you soon at our Holiday Gift Market.Eve & Mikl Brawner and the Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

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TOMATO TASTING RESULTS, TULIPS, & MORE

Greetings to our Friends & Fellow Gardeners!

We’re sorry to keep you waiting so long, but here are the results of the wonderful 2014 TASTE of TOMATO event, where close to 100 gardeners contributed 64 different varieties of their home-grown tomatoes for all the participants to taste, evaluate and vote for their top 5 favorites.

http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/2014/09/29/2014-taste-of-tomato-voting-results/

Tulip-Lilac Wonder Crocus - Cream garlic-hardneck-germanextrahardy  Iris Harmony

BULBS for SPRING FLOWERS

All of our fall bulbs have now arrived, so now we have TULIPS! Beautiful, hardy, tough, early-blooming, naturalizing perennials, the Species Tulips we offer are the jewels of the early and mid-spring garden, including Xeriscapes and rock gardens. One example: Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ is a graceful and free-blooming lavender-pink star with a sunny yellow center on stems up to 12” tall, hardy to USDA zone 3.

Other tulip varieties we offer are Little Gem and Little Princess, ‘waterlily’ tulips Early Harvest (orange) and Scarlet Baby, graceful ‘Lady’ tulips (T. clusiana ‘Cynthia’), brilliant T. griegii ‘Red Riding Hood’ and salmon T. griegii ‘Mary Ann’

We have also just received the elegant and fascinating bee-favorite Sicilian Honeybells, sky-blue Botanical Iris reticulata ‘Gordon’, and Brodeia ‘Queen Fabiola’, bringing umbels of stunning blue to the late-spring/early-summer garden.

FALL-BLOOMING BULBS

Don’t forget – there are hardy bulbs that bloom in FALL, and they need to be planted NOW!  They look fantastic peaking up through groundcovers and fallen autumn leaves. We’re talking about purple Saffron Crocus (C. sativus), and violet-blue Crocus speciosus

And we still have LOTS of other bulbs:

Miniature and standard-sized Daffodils

Dutch crocus and super- early botanical crocus varieties

Deer/rodent-proof Red Crown Imperial,

Spectacular, drought-tolerant globe Alliums (ornamental onions),

Shade-loving lavender-blue Ipheion,

Blue Glory of the Snow,

Strong-growing and showy Large-cup and Trumpet Daffodils ‘Mount Hood’, ‘Dutch Master’, ‘Professor Einstein’, ‘Ice Follies’ and ‘Red Devon’,

and delightful, naturalizing, early-blooming Miniature Daffodils ‘Jetfire’, ‘Pipit’, ‘Tete a Tete’, and the fabulously fragrant jonquil ‘Geranium’.

Come in for bulbs while they last! It will soon be time to plant them!

GARLIC

We still have 3 great varieties of garlic for planting (or eating).  Garlic should be planted in mid to late October or early November (a little earlier at higher elevation).  2 varieties are certified organic, the third grown organically but not certified.

HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS FALL SALE

continues with 30% off our healthy, robust Neonicotinoid-Free Perennials, Vines, Grasses and Shrubs.

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

We have a wonderful selection of ornamental grasses, many native and most of them quite drought-tolerant. At 30% off, you can’t afford NOT to get these Neonic-free beauties that offer so much dynamic interest in the fall and winter garden, as well as wildlife support.

DID YOU KNOW that all ornamental grasses shipped into Colorado from any state where Japanese beetles are present (all states east and south of Colorado) are REQUIRED by the Dept. of Agriculture to receive a neonic pesticide drench before coming into Colorado?  This means that MANY of the ornamental grasses you will find for sale in Colorado garden centers are laden with neonics, which are toxic to bees, butterflies, soil organisms, many beneficial insects, hummingbirds, and seed-eating and insect-eating birds. We have been growing our own grasses and sourcing from local growers who we know are neonic-free.

FERTILIZERS

Now is the BEST time to fertilize and top-dress garden beds and lawns. This is because in autumn, plants are directing most of their energy to growing strong root systems, which will strengthen plants through the winter and make them more robust next spring.  And it’s also because our Large Bagged FERTILIZERS and COMPOSTS are ON SALE for 30% OFF.  And Compost Tea is 50% OFF!

HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS AUTUMN HOURS

From October 1st through October 30th we will be OPEN EVERY DAY from 9am to 5 pm.

We will be CLOSED Oct. 31 though Nov. 27.

We will RE-OPEN for our HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET on FRIDAY Nov. 28th (Green Friday), and will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 21st.

If you can get to Loveland, a town FULL of artists, don’t miss their Open Studios tour, and be sure to visit the studio of Sheron Buchele Rowland, on of the fine artisans whose work is featured at our Holiday Gift Market.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mikl & Eve Brawner and the wonderful staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

2014 TASTE of TOMATO Voting Results

This year we again had a really great time at the 4th Annual Taste of Tomato. In spite of a chilly and foggy start to the morning, lots of gardeners and other tomato enthusiasts came out to share their tasty tomato successes and learn what other tomato treasures are growing well for gardeners in our area.  Participants also received up-to-date tomato-growing advice from Master Gardeners and Harlequin’s Gardens staff, learned how to save seeds from their tomatoes, and eight lucky people won valuable door-prizes.

A total of 64 different varieties were entered or donated, and quite a few of them were varieties we’ve not seen before. Carol O’Meara, Boulder County Extension Agent, donated samples of several varieties bred for resistance to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). Ollin Farms donated several new varieties, and Aspen Moon Farms donated the renowned heirloom Costoluto Genovese, which we had not seen much of in previous tastings. Some of the ‘old favorites’, like Brandywine, Pineapple, Aunt Ruby’s German Green and Kellogg’s Breakfast were missing from this year’s tasting. Every year is so different; this year many gardeners said their tomatoes were quite late to ripen because of the cool weather, some had significant disease problems, and many were very glad that they had started their tomato plants early in Solar Caps, enabling them to get earlier and bigger harvests.

When you view the results, bear in mind that each participant got to vote for only their top 5 favorites, and that samples of some varieties were in short supply, limiting the number of participants who got to taste them.  And some samples arrived either very early or very late in the event, again limiting their exposure. Some samples may not have been fully ripe, and their full flavor and sugars not fully developed. Of course everyone has their own palate, too. In view of all these factors, even if a variety received only one vote, it was still among somebody’s top 5, and that’s pretty good.  I personally found at least 8 favorites this year, and had to think hard about which ones to leave out.

Every spring, Harlequin’s Gardens nursery grows and sells organic starts for more than 60 different varieties of tomato.  Many of them are varieties that ranked high at Taste of Tomato events.  Check the Harlequin’s Gardens website for our list of vegetable starts each year at http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/edibles/vegetables/

Big thanks to all of you who shared tomatoes, and to all the volunteers – you make it all possible! Please join us again next year for an even bigger and better 5th Annual Taste of Tomato!

2014 TASTE of TOMATO VOTING RESULTS

       
         

# of Votes

Variety Category Seed Type Grower’s Comments

0

Cherry Berry (Brown Berry) cherry open pollinated  

0

Endless Summer salad    

0

Indigo Rose salad hybrid  

0

Prima Roja salad    

1

Big Boy beefsteak hybrid  

1

Black Cherry cherry open pollinated  

1

Black Ethiopian salad heirloom  

1

Blondekopfchen cherry heirloom mild flavor, prolific

1

Bonnie Best small salad heirloom  

1

Creamy White Cherry cherry heirloom  

1

Fourth of July salad hybrid very early

1

Hillbilly beefsteak heirloom huge

1

Isis Candy cherry open pollinated  

1

Italian Roma paste heirloom  

1

La Roma II paste    

1

Northern Light salad open pollinated early, productive

1

Pink Bumblebee cherry open pollinated  

1

Primo Red salad hybrid TSWV-resistant

1

Red Gold salad    

1

Rutgers Indet. salad heirloom  

1

Stupice salad heirloom  

2

BHN 968 cherry hybrid TSWV-resistant

2

Early Girl salad hybrid  

2

Mountain Merit salad hybrid  

2

PS01522935 salad hybrid TSWV-resistant, vigorous

2

Sunlight beefsteak    

3

Big Beef beefsteak hybrid  

3

Costoluto Genovese salad heirloom Early, prolific, delicious

3

Green Doctors Frosted cherry open pollinated  

3

Red Zebra salad heirloom  

4

Carmello salad hybrid fabulous flavor, no disease

4

Cherokee Chocolate salad open pollinated  

4

Iowa Cherry cherry heirloom  

4

Lemon Boy salad hybrid  

4

Pink BerkeleyTie Dye beefsteak open pollinated  

4

Thessaloniki salad open pollinated growers favorite

5

Bella Rosa salad hybrid TSWV-resistant

5

Black Krim beefsteak heirloom  

6

Amana Orange beefsteak heirloom Meaty, delicious

6

Amish Paste paste heirloom  

7

Cherokee Purple beefsteak heirloom  

7

Jaune Flamme salad heirloom very productive

8

Indigo Kumquat cherry hybrid  

8

Mighty Mato salad hybrid Sweet

9

Cosmonaut Volkov salad heirloom sweet, low acid

9

Green Zebra salad open pollinated  

9

Yellow Pear cherry heirloom  

10

Black from Tula salad heirloom Early, prolific, delicious

10

Punta Banda cherry/paste heirloom Productive, drought-resistant, flavorful

11

San Marzano paste heirloom blossom end rot

11

Siberian Pink Honey beefsteak heirloom Good flavor, low yield

12

Chocolate Cherry cherry heirloom  

12

Chocolate Stripes beefsteak heirloom Beautiful, delicious

13

Roma, unnamed variety paste    

14

Super Sweet 100 cherry hybrid Very prolific, early, easy, disease-free

14

Sweet Million cherry hybrid  

17

Black Sea Man beefsteak heirloom Meaty, complex

19

Anasazi’ salad heirloom  

19

Glacier salad open pollinated best flavored very early, prolific, compact

20

Paul Robeson salad heirloom Meaty, complex

27

Sungold cherry hybrid Early, easy, prolific,very sweet

 

Harlequin’s Harvest Greetings & September Events

Greetings to our Friends & Fellow Gardeners!

It’s Summer Harvest Time again, a time of abundance, sharing, and some of the most delectable flavors our Good Earth has to offer.  Whether you are growing your own, participating in a CSA, or shopping at your local Farmer’s Markets, we hope you have been enjoying the bounty, sharing it with friends and with those in need, and canning, freezing, fermenting, curing or drying the surplus so you can enjoy some of the treasures of summer later in the year.

TASTE OF TOMATO

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Tomato Lovers Unite! Harlequin’s Gardens is happy to be partnering again with Boulder County CSU Extension Service to present the 4th Annual Taste of Tomato: a Tasting & Celebration of Home-Grown Tomatoes on Saturday September 6th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the big tent at the Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 North 28th St. in Boulder.  The event is FREE to those who bring tomatoes to share and only $5 otherwise. Click on the link here for complete entry information:  http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/edibles/vegetables/taste-of-tomato-a-tomato-festival-2014/ 

If you have never attended one of our tomato tastings before, you are in for a great treat! We invite you to a rare opportunity for tomato-lovers of all ages, an event that’s the most fun you can have with food, especially for such a low entry fee! At last year’s Taste of Tomato, close to 200 people got to sample more than 100 different varieties of tomato! Some were new to us, and many were awesome. Each participant gets to taste, evaluate, and then vote for their 5 favorites. Please bring your home-grown favorites for us all to taste! If you are not growing your own, you can bring local farm-grown tomatoes (not hydroponic), as long as the grower is able to give you the correct name of the variety (minimum 3 or more tomatoes of one variety, or 10 cherry or other small tomatoes of one variety).  For event and entry details, go to  http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/edibles/vegetables/taste-of-tomato-a-tomato-festival-2014/ 

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DOOR PRIZES, SEED-SAVING DEMOS, EXPERT GROWING ADVICE

This year we will again conduct a drawing every half hour for valuable door-prizes, and Harlequin’s Gardens staff and Boulder County Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer expert tomato-growing advice and help with tomato problems, We will also conduct seed-saving demonstrations, demonstrating how easy it is to save seeds from your own tomatoes.

FALL VEGETABLE STARTS

You don’t have to say goodbye to fresh homegrown vegetables just because it’s almost Fall and frost is coming. We have LOTS of hardy vegetable starts for fall planting and fall/winter harvests, including many varieties of kale, lettuces, mescluns, mustards and  spicy greens, broccoli raab, leaf broccoli (spigariello), swiss chards, spinach, arugula,  beet greens, etc.

FALL BULBS

Our first shipment of FALL BULBS has arrived!  This year we have some beautiful new varieties, in addition to the ones you have tried and loved.

GARLIC & SHALLOT BULBS

We are expecting our garlic and shallot bulbs to arrive within the next week, and we are very glad we are able this year to offer 4 great varieties of heirloom garlic, 3 of them certified organic.  And we will have French Red shallots, also certified organic!

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

This is the time of year when hardy ornamental grasses really shine. Grasses often make the perfect ‘shrub-substitute’ in narrow planting spaces, especially along walkways.  And they add grace, fine texture and movement to perennial and shrub plantings, as well as color and tremendous winter interest. Our grasses establish very successfully from fall plantings.

FALL SALE

Fall really is a great time to plant, and our Fall Sale has begun, featuring our healthy, well-adapted, non-toxic plants and garden products. Our DEEP DISCOUNT AREA is open, with an amazing variety of excellent perennials, herbs, roses, grasses, shrubs and trees at below-cost prices!  You will definitely find some treasures! See our FALL NEWSLETTER for the discounts offered each week.  http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/2014/08/15/harlequins-gardens-fall-newsletter-2014/

We hope to see you very soon!

Mikl & Eve Brawner and the fabulous staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Harlequin’s Gardens Fall Newsletter 2014

Harlequin’s  Gardens

Fall 2014 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,
Welcome to Autumn and to Harlequin’s Gardens Fall Plant Sale.
We are grateful for the kindness of this growing season, with the good rains and cooler weather. Not all states were as lucky as Colorado. We are also grateful for the healing progress of Eve and for the recovery of those hit by last September’s flood, though the healing is not over.

Every season has its challenges and its opportunities. Fall in Colorado can turn suddenly into winter before some plants have gone dormant which can cause freeze-drying of plant tissue and die-back. And sunny, dry weather can cause drought stress. But the opportunities of fall are many.

Cooler air means less water loss through the leaves so more water is available for rooting. The soil is still warm so microorganisms flourish and root growth is promoted. The food made by photosynthesis is supporting less flowering and less active growth, so more energy goes naturally to the roots. Plus we usually get more rain in autumn. This is why early fall is an excellent time for planting most plants and for seeding turf and meadows.

Also, because plants store carbohydrates in their roots during fall, this the best time of year to fertilize with organic fertilizers. Chemical fertilizers (like urea) are water soluble and stimulate rapid growth which can freeze before it hardens off. Organic fertilizers feed slowly over months. Research at CSU has shown that fall is the most important time to fertilize turf grass. We carry 2 organic fertilizers that are good for lawns. September is the best time of year to aerate. Follow that with fertilizer and ideally with a quarter inch of compost topdressing. This will thicken up thin lawns and help to prevent fungal diseases.

Nature Cycle Lawn Fertilizer: made from chicken manure, blood meal, feather meal

Alpha One: alfalfa, cottonseed meal, blood meal, sunflower

Lawn Topdressing: composted chicken manure and wood chips

Meadow Grass Seed Mixes: low water, for Mountains, Plains and Very Xeric natural lawns

Perennials, Roses and Trees are also most effectively fertilized in early fall. If soil lacks sufficient nutrition in the fall, plants make fewer flower buds and fruit buds for the following year. Good fall nutrition will also reduce or eliminate diseases the next year, improve establishing success and yield more flowers, fruit and overall growth.

Mile-Hi Rose Feed: with alfalfa and kelp; excellent for Sept. use; promotes repeat flowering & strength

Yum Yum Mix: cottonseed, rock dust, alfalfa, rock phosphate, kelp: perennials, shrubs & xeriscapes

Biosol: fungal mass with many nutrients; certified organic; for lawns, perennials, veggies, shrubs

Tomato & Vegetable Food and Harlequin’s Fertility Mix: both great for fall veggie planting

Planters II rock dust and Kelp for micronutrients; Humate to make nutrients available; Dry Fruit

Organic Fall Veggie Starts:  More people are catching on to planting cool-season greens in the fall. This can be very rewarding & the season can be extended with row cover & mulch 5 kinds of Kale, 11 kinds of Lettuce, Arugula, Beet Greens, 3 Spinach, 5 kinds of Swiss Chard, Broccoli Raab, Winter Cress, Asian Greens, 3 kinds of Bok Choy, Shallots and 4 varieties of Garlic.
These new premium plants cannot be sold at a discounted price
 We also have a great selection of Botanical Interests Seeds for cool-season greens

Our Fall Sale has graduated discounts that change and increase through September. Our discounts might not dive as rapidly or as deeply as some stores, because we are not dumping the dregs before they crash. Our plants are still strong and healthy. We choose our plants carefully, buy from the better suppliers, and we grow thousands of plants organically in nutritious potting mixes that we blend ourselves. We have worked hard to find plants that are free of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.  We go to great lengths to insure your planting success, and to support your organic methods. See page 4 for Fall Sale details.

BULBS: (no discount)
This year we will offer a number of delightful new species and varieties as well as many reliable old favorites. Check our website under Plants/Bulbs for detailed descriptions and photos of this year’s selection. Buy bulbs in September, while the selection is best, and hold for planting in October & November.

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA: Opens Sept. 1  Plants for rock-bottom prices. Many customers been thrilled with how quickly they grow and look beautiful. This area will contain perennials, roses, shrubs and trees. For example: 2 ½” pots only $1.25; 1 gallon beautiful John Davis Canadian Rose reg.$22 now $15; vibrant shrub rose The Gift, only $15; evergreen Euonymus vines reg $19 now $11; Heritage Irises #1 for $7, Ft. Laramie Strawberry, Hen & Chicks from Mikl’s Mother’s Bonanza  Special $1

And before we lose you in the fall sale details, we want to be sure you see the announcement for our incomparable Holiday Gift Market, when we will be offering locally-made artisan goods & products.  You will want toprint off a copy of the invitation ‘postcard’ as a reminder, and because it is also your entry form for a drawing for three $100 Harlequin’s Gift Certificates!  One entry per customer, please. Here’s the link: Printable Postcard

Here is a taste of some of the great plants available at our Fall Sale

NATIVES: Native plants are adapted to dramatic ups and downs of weather and drought. They support local pollinators & birds and help create a successful western landscape.

Golden Dome-Gutierrezia- a local native subshrub forming a 12”-16” dome of vivid green thin stems that bloom a rich yellow. Very drought tolerant. Similar to Dwarf Rabbitbrush, but smaller. Use as a specimen, in a meadow or hell-strip. Shear after bloom

Many-Flowered Puccoon-Lithospermum multiflorum-you won’t find this Boulder Co. native at other nurseries, 10”x10” mound with soft yellow bells; likes well-drained soil and is showier in part shade, even dry shade. Slow to develop but tough; from local seed

Pitcher Sage-Salvia azurea: stunning blue flowers in summer on 6’ plants, lax growth is better with a buddy like big rabbitbrush which blooms yellow at the same time. Xeric

Wild Grape-powerful, cold-hardy grape that quickly covers anything, flowers are not showy but smell very grapey; the small fruits make a great pie and are excellent food for wildlife

Hackberry Tree: the fastest-growing hardwood tree and most drought tolerant; very adaptable (moist is fine); grows to 50’; good for hot, windy western exposure to make shade from the late afternoon sun; attractive bark, strong branching, good replacement for ash

Plus: Pussytoes, Penstemons, Compass Plant, Gaillardia, Aster, Goldenrod, etc.

VINES: Aunt Dee Wisteria- every year 10” purple racemes of fragrant pea-like blooms

Honeysuckles: fragrant Hall’s, Red Major Wheeler, Yellow John Clayton, Goldflame etc.

Wintercreeper Vines-Euonymus fortunei: we love them because they are all tough, evergreen, water-thrifty, and can fulfill many functions. Purpleleaf Wintercreeper-E. coloratus: deep, glossy green leaves turn purple in winter; groundcover, shrub or vine.

E. Minima: small leaves, the most delicate; for a trellis in part to deep shade, to 10’

E. Vegeta: strong vine 20’ evergreen screen; orange berries in the fall; very cold hardy; to 2

And many Clematis: Betty Corning, Nelly Moser, Princess Diana, Native & Trumpet Vines

HERBS: Spearmint, Mountain Mint, And many other herbs, nearly all grown organically.

SHADE PLANTS: Bergenia- tough evergreen with red-pink flowers, English Ivy, Hardy Geraniums, Campanulas, Waldstenia-strawberry leaves& yellow flowers,Boxwood, Mahonia

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES: Giant Sacaton-7’; Blue Grama, Indian Grass, Shenandoah Switch Grass, ‘Undaunted’ Muhlenbergia reverchonii, Sideoats Grama, etc.

ROSES: Our proven, sustainable own-root roses will be 20% off during the Members Sale and 10% off for the entire month of September. A huge selection of premium plants

TREES: many varieties, container grown have complete root systems and are easy to plant: Mt. Ash with white flowers and red berries-not affected by Emerald Ash Borer, Crab Apples, Hawthornes, Aspens, Chokecherry, Buffaloberry, Mayday Tree, Rocky Mt. Juniper

Shrubs: both native and non-native, some in #2 pots are Harlequin-Grown in nutrient-rich soil mix with worm compost and mycorrhizae; economical and premium quality:
Cotoneasters: Peking with red/orange fall color, Sungari and Szechuan with white flowers and red berries; Fritsch Spirea with white flowers and red fall color, Clematis Mongolian Gold 4’ with golden bell flowers; Viburnam lantana-big, tough & beautiful.

HUNDREDS OF PERENNIALS: like Mrs. Bradshaw Geum, ‘Harlequin’s Silver’ Germander, Reiter Thyme, Stiff Goldenrod, Sedum populifolium, Tuscan Honeymoon Dianthus, Russian Sage, Anthemis marshalliana, Lamiastrum ‘Herman’s Pride’, Ruella humulis, Yellow Columbine, Hymenoxys scaposa, Firecracker Penstemon etc.

Winter-hardy Cacti: Mt. Ball, Snow Leopard Cholla, Lloyd’s Hedgehog-orange, Claret Cup-red-orange, Fendler’s Hedgehog-purple, Pincushion Ball- deep pink & prickly pears

Excellent selection of Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes (no discount but great value)

6 kinds of Grapes, 4 kinds of Currants, Gooseberries, Thornless Blackberries, Serviceberries, Apples, Cherries, Plums, Purple Raspberries & Strawberries

ACANTHOLIMONS: AT LAST, Prickly domes, pink flowers, prefers dry, rare (no discount)

Corn Gluten Meal-9% nitrogen winterizer for lawns that also acts as a Non-toxic pre-emergent herbicide, suppressing the germination of weed seeds. Apply in Sept/October and again in late February/March for significant weed control.

Newsletters by Email: Please choose to receive our newsletters by email. Go to our website @ www.harlequinsgardens.com and click on  Subscribe, or leave your information at the front desk at Harlequin’s Gardens.

Special Event September 6:  don’t miss the 2014 Taste of Tomato: festival & tasting (see www.HarlequinsGardens.com for complete information)

BIG NEWS!
For a variety of reasons, we have decided to implement a system for accepting credit and debit cards.  We expect to have our system up and running very soon.

Open:  Daily 9-5 and  Thursday 9-6 ;  October: daily 9-5

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CLOSED FOR THE SEASON: OCT 31  Reopening Nov. 28 for our Holiday Market

FALL SALE: We cannot offer our plants at deeper discounts, because our neonic-

free plants are hard to find and our Harlequin-grown plants are premium quality.

(You pay more for plants grown in poor soil with chemicals that struggle, die and/or poison our Earth)

MEMBERS SALE: Monday, August 25 thru August 31: for your special support, you are rewarded with first pick: 20% off all plants and 25% off books (Membership is still $20)

FALL SALE begins for everybody: Monday, Sept 1 thru 7:  20% off most plants except veggies, berries and fruit trees.  10% off Roses, books & 10% off soil products in big bags. The Deep Discount section will be opened with perennials, roses, shrubs and trees.

September 8 thru 14 enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs & trees.  And 10% off Roses and books, AND 20% off soil products in big bags and Compost Tea

Sept. 15 thru 21 take 25% off perennials, shrubs and trees; 10% off Roses and books; and 30% off soil  products in big bags; AND Compost Tea: buy one, get one FREE

Sept. 22 thru 28 take 30% off perennials, shrubs and trees, and 30% off soil products in big bags, 10% off Roses and Books; Compost Tea-buy one, get one FREE

 Sept.29 thru Oct. 30 there will be a 30% discount off perennials and shrubs and trees.  And 30% off soil products in big bags, 30% of Compost Tea; 10% off books. 

 NEW   WINTER HOURS –  HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET   NEW

Opens Green Friday Nov. 28-Dec. 21 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10-5

Offering: exceptional local artisan goods, Eve’s gluten-free shortbread cookies, Engrid’s jams & preserves, local specialty foods, herbal body-care products, garden sculpture, jewelry, scarves, gift certificates, books, gardening tools, planting calendars, gloves, Mikl’s  Aftershave, illuminated magnifiers, and other great gifts. Door-prize drawings daily !!!