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Placitas Garden Tour site owner Savannah Boone shows tour visitors an air-pruned garden structure.

Yates’ garden—popular on the Garden Tour

2017 Placitas Garden Tour recaptured

~Sandra Liakus, Co-Chair, Placitas Garden Tour

The second annual Placitas Garden Tour occurred on a near perfect day in May. The skies were sunny, temperatures were in the mid-seventies, and the breezes were mild. The eight tour gardens were spread-out along Highway 165, spanning a distance from Vista Mantano Loop to Camino de Tecolote north of the Village. The tour gardens showcased a variety of residential landscapes, unique structures for growing vegetables and a hydrology/ acequia lesson at the Anasazi Fields Winery orchard. Each garden hosted a full complement of tour guests. 438 tickets were sold, and one hundred volunteers participated in the tour, helping guide guests and answer questions.

More Albuquerque and Rio Rancho guests attended the 2017 garden tour compared to the previous year, thanks to increased advertising and promotion. Placitas Garden Tour representatives received positive comments from guests on how much they enjoyed their visit to Placitas. An Albuquerque couple who won the carved stone raffle prize said, “We planned to stay just a couple of hours and ended up spending a full day visiting the gardens.”

May 19, 2018, has been selected as the date for the third annual Placitas Garden Tour. The Placitas Garden Tour committee will be reviewing gardens for the 2018 tour from now until the end of August. If you want to have your garden reviewed for the 2018 garden tour, contact the tour organization by sending a message to or visit

Bernalillo Farmers’ Market is open

The vendor-operated Bernalillo farmer’s market is open on Friday afternoons, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Pavillon at Rotary Park in Bernalillo, just west of the corner of Camino Don Tomas and Calle Don Francisco.

The market offers fresh local fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. Parking is easy, the playground is close, and the Pavilion offers protection from both sun and rain. There is a $5 daily fee for vendors—if you have enough to sell during the June-to-October season, sign up for the whole season for $30 and get a permanent space.

Most venders accept WIC checks and “Double Up Food Bucks” for Food Stamp recipients. The Master Gardeners of Sandoval County have an information table and advice for gardening problems. They often provide cooking demonstrations using local produce from the Market with samples for everyone.

Venders sell fresh flowers, horno bread and other baked goods, tamales, burritos, homemade jams and jellies, and local honey. They provide free recipes for using produce and a free book exchange for children. Many vendors sell starter-plants offering locally proven tomato, pepper, and herb varietals.

Lavender in the Village returns to Los Ranchos on July 15

~Dean Strober

On July 15, all day, head to the Lavender in the Village event. There will be arts and crafts, lavender products, antiques, and unique home décor. A variety of New Mexico beers, wines, and spirits, plus local foods will be available for purchase.

A number of educational exhibits, seminars, and workshops will be happening, focusing on cooking and healing with lavender and sustainable agriculture in our area. Other events include open-air yoga classes led by top instructors, live music, and a kids’ farm camp. There is a $5 charge for the Kids’ Farm Camp, which offers four different ninety-minute sessions. Sessions may be pre-purchased online at

Tickets to attend are now on sale at Prices are $8 for ages 13 and up, and $3 for ages four to 12. Children three and under enter free. Tickets purchased online include a complimentary commemorative poster.

The event takes place at the Agri-Nature Center, in the Village of Los Ranchos, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 87107.

There will be two park-and-ride locations available near the event site at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montaño Road NW, and at Alvarado Elementary School, 1100 Solar Road NW.

For additional details, visit

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