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Placitas Community Library is just one of the garden stops on the Placitas Garden Tour.
Photo credit: —Photos by Bill Dunmire

Micro-climates, landscaping to be featured on first annual Placitas Garden Tour

The Placitas Garden Tour will take place on May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This inaugural event sponsored by the Placitas Community Library and the Sandoval County Master Gardeners is open to the public. The garden tour will become an annual ticketed event for all to enjoy. The organizers anticipate the attendance of over four hundred tour guests and the participation of forty volunteers from the community.

The 2016 garden tour will feature six gardens, highlighting the diversity of Placitas landscapes. The tour will focus on education with the Sandoval County Master Gardeners and other garden specialists available at each garden to answer questions. In addition to viewing six beautiful gardens, tour guests can learn from exhibits on garden composting, native seed starting, and bonsai plant pruning. Each garden will host a Plein Air artist, painting his favorite scene.

Among the six gardens on tour are five residential gardens with descriptive titles such as the Topiary Garden, the Twin Peaks Garden, the Vine Garden, the Oasis Garden, and the Art Garden. Each residential garden on the tour is the result of years of effort and creative design on the part of the home-owners.

The Placitas Community Library (PCL), the sixth tour garden, will be open for native plant and labyrinth guided tours. The Placitas Community Library will also host the Garden Tour Plein Air Gallery exhibiting paintings of the gardens along with a Sandoval County Master Gardener information table.

PCL Landscaping Committee member, Bill Dunmire, will be on hand throughout the day to lead groups through the garden. Peter Callen and Michael Crofoot will demonstrate how adobe seed-ball mixtures are made; kids will be encouraged to take a seed-ball home.

See further details about the first annual Placitas Garden Tour on the top right of this page, or visit

Placitas's KUPR Radio 99.9 marks first year

—Joan Fenicle

A year ago, May 4, 2015, to be exact, KUPR went on the air with a handful of DJs, some syndicated programming including Art of the Song and Peace Talks Radio, and a lot of automated music. Broadcasting from the offices of the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant, with the financial support of Las Placitas Association, and operating with an all-volunteer cast of on-air and behind-the-scenes folks, the station has grown, matured, and accomplished a number of milestones along the way.

We have been airing music of all kinds—from Bach to the Beatles—for the diverse tastes of people from Sandoval County. Check the weekly schedule online, tune in to your favorite, and sample something new and unfamiliar.

“Conversations with Matthew” and “Weekly Edition” at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays have brought interview and radio skills to the station and now provide local interest segments, including monthly updates from Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres. Have a story that needs to be told? Go to the station’s website and let them know—

A recently added Thursday afternoon spot called “Let’s Get Creative” features some New Mexico-only talent with poetry and music.

In March, the station began streaming its signal, both to reach folks in the listening area who can’t get the signal because of terrain and to folks around the world.

Thanks to the generosity of fans and underwriters throughout the listening area, the station just installed a brand new, professional broadcast board that will accommodate phone calls.

The weekly schedule, information on station talent, an events calendar, archived interviews and more, including a form for listener feedback, are available on the station’s website.

On KUPR’s wish list: The addition of a local or regional news segment, more on air and behind the scenes volunteers, and the ongoing financial support of fans and underwriters—no gift is too small and every supporter is acknowledged.

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