Garden tours are in full force right now in the greater Albuquerque area. I recently had the pleasure of attending the first annual Placitas garden tour hosted by the Sandoval county master gardeners.
I rarely find myself in Placitas so I was pleased to have an excuse to head out there. There were 6 stops on the tour including the Placitas library which fittingly functioned as the main hub of events. The library is a beautiful building located amongst the rolling hills of Placitas. It showcased native plantings both in a natural setting and within beds. The surprise feature was a very large community labyrinth. In fact the grounds of the library were built with sweat and strength from the local residents of Placitas so it was nice to see them all gathering celebrating their good work. Food trucks, informational tables, art displays and a seed bomb demonstration table made for an enjoyable first stop on the tour.
The five homes on the tour included a range of design styles including vegetable gardening, topiary gardening, native wild gardens but what was spectacular to see was the variety of nice variety of outdoor living spaces. These included an outdoor office, swimming pools, dining areas with outdoor kitchens, beautiful water features and meditation gardens.
Experiencing a garden tour is so special to me; I love the discovery aspect of exploring gardens I’ve never been to. It’s hard to capture the feel and design of the overall space so I tend to capture the little details that make those spaces special. Below are photos of all the cool details, some of these you’d only find in New Mexico or throughout the arid southwest, but others are replicable throughout the country.
Take a look at these photos and explore along with me.