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Yates’ water garden on the Placitas Garden Tour
Photo credit: —Mike Stoy

Garden Tour returns to Placitas

Enjoy this beautiful spring sight-seeing tour in Placitas. The 2017 Placitas Garden Tour will take place on May 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tour is a ticketed event and open to the public. Proceeds will benefit the sponsoring organizations: the Placitas Community Library (PCL) and the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. The tour organizers anticipate the participation of over four hundred guests, and 75 volunteers from the sponsoring organizations. Artists will be at-work, painting in the gardens on the tour date. Works from these artists will be on display and for sale at the PCL “Plein Air Gallery.”

The 2017 garden tour will feature eight distinctive gardens, including six residential gardens, the PCL native plant garden, and the Anasazi Fields Winery “Wild Cherry Farm,” located north of the Village. The eight gardens, representing different Placitas micro-climates, are the result of years of effort and creative design on part of the owners. Master Gardeners and other horticultural experts will answer questions on plants, landscaping methods, vegetable growing techniques, fruit tree maintenance, and acequia irrigation. Representatives from the Albuquerque Daylily Society will inform guests on daylily options for sale and planting at the PCL garden.

Food and beverage trucks will be stationed at the PCL grounds and at the “Wild Cherry Farm” orchard. As part of the orchard tour education, the Anasazi Winery staff will provide limited tastings of their wild cherry, peach, and apricot wines to those 21 and over.

Start the Garden Tour on Placitas Highway 165; purchase or exchange a ticket for a garden tour booklet at La Puerta Real Estate, Homestead Village Shopping Center (near the Merc), or the Placitas Community Library; and then proceed to the first garden of your choice. For more information on the tour, descriptions of the gardens, the artists, and the 2017 map go to

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