LOS JARDINEROS

 Garden Club of Taos

Meetings & Events

 
Meetings are usually held every 3rd Thursday (February - October) at Taos Tennis (Highway 150) in the meeting room at the back of the clubhouse starting at 9:30am for coffee, snacks, and socializing.  The business meeting starts at 10am, followed by the featured presentation.

EXCEPTIONS: no meetings are held in July and August because of Member's-Only Tour (2nd Thursday in July) and the annual public Los Jardineros  Garden & Home Tour (first Saturday in August.)

Upcoming events

    • Friday, May 27, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Dillistone Garden
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    We are arranging, with the immense help of our Tour Venue Coordinator, Lawrence Baker, a series of Members Only Garden Tours.  For each tour, you will need to make a reservation so that we can ease the parking situation for the homeowner.  The tours will be of the garden only.  When you make your reservation you will receive directions to the garden.

     A riot of spring blossoms welcomes garden club members to the first garden featured this summer by Los Jardineros.  Perched on a wooded hilltop in Turley Mill, the gardens wrap around the house and end at the owner’s studio/observatory which will be open for viewing.  Enter the front gate to see the intimate enclosed courtyard bursting with iris, poppies, peonies, and columbine and a purple robe locust.  Colorful pots add more color and interest. Exit the gate and turn right to start your adventure around the south side of the house, passing by a lilac and a gracefully shaped apple tree.  The back patios feature more pots in full bloom, roses, lavender, iris and other perennials. Exit the west gate and make your way to the studio/observatory.

    Besides the fascinating art on display, the owner’s book, “Luna, The Mare with the Sky Blue Eyes,” a true story of rescue and love that has won 8 awards, will be on display.  Feel free to wander the grounds of this hilltop oasis cared for by the owners and Kristi Vine.


    • Friday, June 10, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Native Plant Garden
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    We are arranging, with the immense help of our Tour Venue Coordinator, Lawrence Baker, a series of Members Only Garden Tours.  For each tour, you will need to make a reservation so that we can ease the parking situation for the homeowner.  The tours will be of the garden only.  When you make your reservation you will receive directions to the garden.

    The garden of the President of the Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society features…you guessed it…native plants of the Southwest with a non-native or two thrown in as a nod to diversity.  Needless to say, beautiful and endless mountain views over sagebrush and chamisa are what you would expect in the Country Club area.  The large corner rock garden has specimen rocks, gravel mulch and two “false” arroyos for interest.  Look for the chocolate flower to get a whiff of real chocolate.  Other natives include 5-6 varieties of Penstemon, Apache plume, desert zinnia, sulphur buckwheat, Lambert’s locoweed and yellow evening primrose. A Kansas hawthorn tree and pinyon pine add vertical interest.  With luck, the Santa Fe cholla and other species of cacti will be in bloom. The blooms of many other natives will come later: fernbush, 3-leaf sumac lo-gro, Mojave sage (Salvia pachyphylla), desert four-o-clock, dwarf sundrops, winecups and prickly poppy. Feel free to wander through the gate and around the house for more planting beds and an aspen grove in the northeast corner. 




    • Thursday, June 16, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge meeting room, 88 State Road 150
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    This month's speaker is Corilia Ortega. She will be sharing her experience as a first time grower using an acequia system in the face of climate change and water shortages. Although she has only been growing food for 4 years, she has re-established two linderos to two separate fallow properties (on opposite ends of the County!) in order to grow food and contribute to the food systems in Taos. Join in and learn about her journey-- detailing the lessons learned, hard work, research, relationship building, and planning for flood irrigation in two different communities. She'll be sure to have a brief Acequias 101 for those who are curious about the communal water sharing system in our valley.

    Corilia is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos, where most of her time is used assisting agricultural landowners and growers cultivate their properties, organizing workshops and events, and bringing our agricultural community together. She is also a member of the National Young Farmer Coalition and a NYFC Land Fellow Advocate, is the Co-Organizer for the Talpa Community Market, and she was recently elected to Town Council and is the Town's representative for the Vigil y Romo Ditch, Taos County Cooperative Weed Management Area, and Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area.


    • Thursday, July 14, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge meeting room, 88 State Road 150
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    This month's speaker is Melanie Kirby. She will discuss on the intersections of landscape, biodiversity, and multifaceted ecosystems through a story and science-telling lens sharing how conservation of species, leads to conservation of self.

    The bees found Melanie by assignment 25 years ago when she was serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America. They have since taken her on an unexpected and enlightening journey learning more about the environment including agroecology, food systems, land stewardship, and cultural approaches to conservation. Melanie holds a Master of Science degree in Entomology and synthesizes her Indigenous World View heritage with sustainable western agriculture science. She specializes in biodynamic bee breeding, and she is a writer, a ceramicist, a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Explorer, and serves as the Extension Educator for the Institute of American Indian Arts.

    • Thursday, August 18, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Taos Tennis Meeting Room, 88 State Road 150, El Prado
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    The Speaker for our August meeting is Kristy Vine.  Ms. Vine will informing us how to incorporate fruit trees, flowers and vegetables all around outdoor rooms and living spaces.  Useful information to plan for our 2023 hardscape and planting , as well as Fall tree planting.

    Kristy Vine is a successful Taos landscaper.  Over the last several years we have toured several of the private gardens she planned and maintains. 

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