The tour is traditionally held the first weekend in August. I had the pleasure of volunteering as a docent this year. What a wonderful experience. Four lovely homes were selected...each unique in home design and garden layout. For a newcomer to Taos, these gardens give such hope as to what is possible regarding plant choices in flowers, vegetables, trees and fruit trees able to survive our short growing season and high altitude.
The homes ranged in style from a LEED certified green home with clean lines and pure spare design to a more traditional adobe with curved walls, beeswax rubbed walls and hand painted murals. The gardens were spectacular! My favorite was "my" home...the one where I was a volunteer.
This garden, designed by the homeowner Susie Schwartz was chock full of echinacea, campanula, yarrow, climbing honey suckle, Virginia creepers, creeping thyme, yellow-flowered rue, sedum, Mexican heather, snapdragons. zinnias and veronicas. Trees such as Persian Hawthorne, Mugo Pine, Blue Spruce, Autumn Blaze Maple and Russian olive to name just a few. Truly spectacular!
In addition to the tour, there were local artists at each home painting in each garden. What a treat to see these extremely talented individuals working and exhibiting their art in such beautiful settings.
Here is a tip...make plans now to attend this event next year, you will be glad you did.
Oh, and if you are here in Taos and interested in additional information about Los Jardineros, please check out our website here. Some info from the website:
|The hollyhock was selected as the official flower of Los Jardineros in 1949, the first year of the club. Members collected hollyhock seeds for planting along streets, alleyways, and throughout the countryside around Taos.|
August 16th , 2013
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