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Dan Holsworth has created a special exhibit at the HAHA garden in honor of Doug Hesnard, including Doug's beloved pink flamingos.
Doug Hesnard, who grew up on a family ranch west of Hermosa, was one of the founding members of HAHA. After he died in 2012, HAHA members established the Doug Hesnard Memorial Garden in front of the museum, to honor Doug's lifelong career with and love of flowers and gardening.
The garden includes iris and roses transplanted from Doug's garden-- and yes, they survived our long, cold winter and are enjoying the extra moisture from our bonus snowstorm. These photos were taken on Monday, April 29th, the day before the storm.
The native sand cherry in front of the HAHA Museum is leafing out and will bloom soon, attracting native pollinators.
The red cowboy boot footstool was made by Hermosa resident Kay Johnston over 20 years ago. She was ready to discard it, but it has a new place in front of the Museum, at least for now.
Two large wooden planters stand in the garden in front of the HAHA Museum. A few tulips will bloom in the next couple days. HAHA volunteers will fill the planters with flowers through the summer and into the fall.
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The Pilot was Hermosa's first newspaper, thriving one year after Hermosa became a town. (John Stanley, editor.)