Tour luscious homes and gardens in Taos

Delphiniums grow near the water in a featured yard that is part of this weekend's Los Jardineros Home and Garden Tour. Courtesy Cindy Brown

Mayor Dan Barrone was in attendance at the July 24 ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the repaired and reconstructed adobe wall in front of the Taos Center for the Arts at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, which was made possible through funds provided by Los Jardineros de Taos. "It was quite memorable," said the garden club's Cat Hayden.

Beautification projects like this are the result of ongoing fundraising efforts such as the one coming up this weekend. Celebrating its 70th anniversary of beautifying Taos, Los Jardineros is having its annual Garden and Home Tour Saturday (Aug. 3). All proceeds from the event will go toward similar beautification projects and horticultural education for Taos and Taos County nonprofits.

"The tour is a chance to see how Taos residents have used hardscape [structures such as fountains, benches or gazebos that are incorporated into a landscape], water features and hardy plants to create magical spaces in their gardens," according to an article by Cindy Brown published in the July 11 edition of the Taos News. "In addition to the tour of four gardens and homes, the event includes a boutique with unique garden pieces and the chance to see artists painting in the gardens."

Hayden, publicity chair for Los Jardineros, said, "This year there are four homes on the tour, all located on the north side of town. Everyone is a distinctly different garden, but each shows how careful planning can help make the most of our short growing season."

Last year Los Jardineros distributed more than $15,000 to four nonprofits. Recent grants have been made to the Taos Center for the Arts, the Fechin House garden and Taos Integrated School of the Arts. A drip line for the new park in Questa was also funded. All the funds stay in Taos County to help preserve agricultural traditions, according to a statement. Other accomplishments include the renovation of Gusdorf Park and the repair and restucco of a wall in front of the Taos Community Foundation.

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