Garden Club of Taos

Celebrating 70 Years of Beautification and Horticultural Education in Taos County

2016 Taos Beautiful Awards

The Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos recognized Yucca Plaza, Mariposa Apartments and Debor House and Shops for their efforts in beautifying Taos County with the presentation of Taos Beautiful Awards.  The awards were announced to the Garden Club membership at their September meeting.  The recipients were presented their certificates at presentations in the past few weeks.

Yucca Plaza, located at 216 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, has received many improvements inside and out during the past year.  New owner Karin Thomas installed a drip system and planted flowers in pots and in the courtyard.  She brought in 80 bags of soil.  She also painted and decorated posts with fish, plants and chickens.  According to Thomas, “Many people, including the shop owners, have complemented and love the changes.”

A year ago Jessica Baca and her partner, Robert Chavez, took over management of the Mariposa Apartments.  The property is owned by Mariposa Properties in Albuquerque.  Baca and Chavez installed irrigation and painted the buildings.  Then they planted flowers and seeded lawns.  The complex has 52 units and 113 residents.  Twenty of the residents have helped build and plant a community garden.  Baca is pleased with the changes, “Everyone has commented on the improvements and saying it feels more like home.” The Mariposa Apartments are on Mariposa Road off of Kit Carson Road.

The third awardee is Debor House and Shops. Owned by David and Mindy Weaver of Manhattan, Kansas.  The complex includes four shops and an upstairs apartment.  The Weavers had permanent landscape plants installed in the courtyard.  This Ellen Goodrich, who manages the Taos Studio, planted annuals and has kept all the plants watered, with help from the other shop owners.  Ellen has noticed many people entering the courtyard to take pictures of the flowers.  Debor House is located at 110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, between Bent Street and Kit Carson Road.

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