Los Jardineros Garden Club Recognizes Business Beautification Efforts
The Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos recognized Claireworks and the Hulse Warman Gallery for their efforts in beautifying Taos County with the presentation of Taos Beautiful Awards. The awards were announced to the Los Jardineros Garden Club membership at their annual meeting on October 15, 2015. The awardees received their awards at presentations in the past two weeks.
Claire Hayes, artist and owner of Claireworks in Arroyo Seco (482A State Road 150) sees her garden as a beautiful place to exhibit her bronzes and tile work. She counts herself lucky to have a developed a small unique business in a sleepy town with the complement of other original stores. The 11 by 9 foot “Tree of Life” tile mural echoes the trees and flowers in her garden. Bordering the paths in front of her gallery, trees and flowers provide a colorful support to her playful bronze sculptures. To her the gardens enhance her business by attracting passersby; “the flowers, bushes, herbs and the peach tree attracts the eye and gives pleasures to passing tourists and locals. The sculpture garden is my way of quietly communicating my love for nature and for beauty.”
Clint Hulse, co-owner of the Hulse Warman Gallery (222 Paseo del Pueblo Norte) also sees his gardens as enhancing the business, in addition to expressing his respect for nature. He learned this respect from his grandfather, who was an organic gardener. Hulse developed his own gardening skills in the hills of Napa, California where he tended vineyards and gardens. He sold his pears and heirloom tomatoes at the Napa Farmers Market. Hulse sees his selection of plants on the Gallery grounds as a way of preserving the history of the property. “Our property in Taos has many historical references. Landscaping on these grounds is like preserving history. A lot of these plants are planted by who ever had been here before.” These plants include banks of old roses and columbine in the early summer. Hulse also plants huge pots of geraniums and nasturtiums that provide a colorful counterpoint to the metal sculptures in the front grounds of the Gallery. Hulse reflects on his eight years of developing the landscape of the Gallery, “I had a friend years ago buy an old house in San Francisco. I congratulated him on buying such a beautiful home and he said “I am just one of many caretakers.” When I look back I know what he means.”
The Los Jardineros Garden Club has, for the past five years, given the Taos Beautiful Awards to businesses and non-profit organizations with landscapes that enhance the beauty of our county. Members of the club nominate landscapes that are compatible with the environment and the surroundings, have visual appeal and are easy to maintain. Previous award winners include Walgreens, Act I Gallery, Artist Cooperative Gallery, Dwellings Revisited, Central Station, Arroyo Seco Mercantile, Pat Woodall Fine Art, US Bank, Cid’s Market and Red Cat Melissiana, Centinel Bank, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the Overland Sheepskin Complex and the El Meze Restaurant.