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 Garden Club of Taos


Grant programs are listed by the year the grant is provided


Taos Art Museum at Fechin House: -$2,000 For supplies and materials used to refurbish the museum gardens in 2018.

A.I.R.E. for Growing Community Now: -$1,745.34 For creating eight new garden planting boxes with which the students will learn to plant and process 75 edible cultivars, native plants and seeds.

The Friends of the Taos Library: -$3,000 To expand the garden that was installed this year to include a renovation of the streambed and planting the area along the sidewalk.  The area to the north of the garden will also be renovated and the plant signage installed. 

Nonviolence Works: -$2,891.37 for the joint project with the Taos Village Farm to purchase fruit trees, supplies and child size equipment for the Taos E.A.T.S. program.


Taos Center for the Arts -$2,158:  For rehabilitation of an area behind the Los Jardineros Celebration Garden from the entry to the TCA offices to the auditorium parking lot.


Taos Art Museum at Fechin House- $1,500:  For establishment of new flower beds, reconfiguration of the flagstone walkways, flagstone paving of a large area for a tented space, upgrading the irrigation system, adding a large water feature and benches for additional seating.


Equine Spirit Sanctuary -$1,300:  For a garden/break/meditation area along the acequia near the horses.  A bridge will be built over the acequia by home school students and their instructor.


Taos Integrated School of the Arts -$1,935:  For ten trees, a raised bed pollinator garden and a composter.  The trees will be planted along the acequia on school grounds.  The school will teach students about the role water plays in an arid landscape and familiarize them with the importance of the local foodshed.


Friends of the Taos Public Library -$3,000: For reconfiguring and replanting with rocks, new soil, and new native plants) the garden on the west side of the library.  The Friends of the Library committed to matching funds for the labor costs.


Roots and Wings Community School -$1,491:  For revitalizing the onsite greenhouse with drip irrigation, solar pumps, seed trays, growing soil and heritage seeds.  The greenhouse has been made pest free by professionals.  The produce will be used in the year-round lunch program.


Localogy/Questa Community Center -1,353:  For installation of a drip system for recently planted trees and landscape in the park area surrounding the Questa Library and youth center.  UNM Construction Tech program will install signs for the trees.


Las Cumbres Community Services - Garden at the Taos County Juvenile Detention Center - $1,650  This project will create a vegetable and flower garden in the juvenile detention center.  The project will serve primarily as an educational opportunity for the juveniles who are housed in the detention center.  There is also the component of creating a beautiful space within the detention center that can serve as a space for residents of the facility to meet with probation and counselors.  The detention center would also like to construct benches for residents to meet with service providers, when appropriate.

Three Sisters Garden at Taos Charter School  $2,000   This grant was provided to Agriculture Implementation Research and Education (AIRE) to create a "three sisters" garden in the arroyo at each of the terraces defined by the flood control check dams east of Taos Charter School.  The arroyo garden will demonstrate a Native American agriculture technique that was common to this area in pre-Hispanic times.  The tree pruning workshop is in collaboration with the Heartwood Coalition to maintain the fruit trees that currently exist at two sites to the east side of the school and surrounding the arroyo.

The Fechin Food Forest - $4,000   The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, in partnership with Lettuce Grow Farms and Education Center will develop the Fechin Food Forest to inspire and engage the public in permaculture and the cultivation of healthy, free food for the public.  The goal of the food forest is to engage families, school groups and visitors of all backgrounds in observing, appreciating and cultivating these precious food sources and sharing their produce.  The garden produces fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and fungi in a layered forest.  It will attract bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.  It will include a beehive, which will provide honey.  All food is free to the public for harvesting. 


The Roots and Wings Community School - $1349 The Roots and Wings Greenhouse Revitalization grant will provide them with the raw material and resources to bring their four-season greenhouse to life. Students will have an exciting opportunity to grow fresh salad greens and sprouts, while cultivating heritage vegetable starts.   Funding was requested for seeds (micro greens, salad greens, heritage vegetables), drip irrigation kit, solar-powered hose end timer, potting soil, seedling trays, seed starting trays.

Youth Heartline/Heartwood Coalition - $3000.  Youth Heartline will sponsor Heartwood Coalition to plant a fruit orchard of trees, shrubs, and perennials at Gusdorf Park  as well as to prune and refurbish existing plantings at the park, which serves residents of the surrounding low-income housing subdivision. Heartwood Coalition will partner with Youth Heartline’s smART House program to involve community youth and families in the design, planting, and upkeep of the orchard.  Funding was requested for 8 shade trees, 5 fruit trees, 15 pollinator shrubs, 15 perennials, and irrigation supplies.

Habitat for Humanity of Taos - $3000.  HfH plans to landscape the new office space utilizing drought-tolerant native plants and trees. The project will create spaces of beauty and respite for employees, customers, and visitors, as well as helping to fulfill Habitat’s mission by creating opportunities for the community to learn and practice useful gardening skills.  Funding was requested for 4 blue spruce, 6 Engelmann spruce, 2 Rocky Mountain maples, 3 New Mexico locusts, 2 peach leaf willows, 3 Colorado barberries, 4 Russian sage plants, ground cover, irrigation supplies, and gravel and other materials to build a retention pond.

Taos High School Forestry Program - $3000 The goal of this proposal is to start a project-based learning curriculum in horticulture and landscape ecology at Taos High School. The specific objectives of these funds would be the development of perennial gardens that serve the program fiscally (produce sales) as well as educationally (living-library of plants).   Funding requested for organic raspberry plants and asparagus crowns, native grass seed mix, topsoil, mulch, gardening tools, two student summer internships, contract labor to develop a lesson plan and garden plan on pollinator species (Rivers & Birds), and to create a tree research and experimentation area for THS along with a corresponding curriculum (Ben Wright).


Taos Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Mexico - $850 to purchase signage identifying native plants at the Millicent Rogers Museum and at the NPS Demonstration Garden at Brodsky's Bookstore.

Lettuce Grow Farms and Educational Center - $4903 to build six raised beds 16'x2'8"x2'8" at the Taos County Economic Development Center.  This space is to be used to teach about food cultivation, nutrition, and seed saving.

Rivers and Birds - $3000 to establish a teaching orchard at Enos Garcia Elementary School.


Kit Carson Home & Museum - $2275. Continuation of the landscaping project to restore museum courtyards to include expansion of drip irrigation system, building a boardwalk to the entrance, install a water trough and plantings.

Martinez Hacienda/Taos Historic Museums - $3500. Landscape and restore historic courtyard including soils, plantings, gravels, rock planters, plants for a period kitchen garden and a Mexican herbs garden, and a drip irrigation system for all the plantings.

Seeds to Table/Lettuce Grow - $1200.  A youth drive spiral garden permaculture project located at the Taos Public Library grounds will feature free seasonal instruction in permaculture methods to local school students. Grant will fund plantings, soils, composts and other materials for the garden.

Town of Taos Youth and Family Center - $3000.  Phase II to complete landscaping project in the pool-patio area. Grant will support purchase of selected trees to enhance patio and for wind protection,  soil amendments, mulch and heavy labor costs.


Kit Carson Home & Museum - $1500.  For beautification of the museum's courtyard.

The Couse Foundation - $2400.  For restoration of an historic aspen grove on the Couse/Sharp Historic site on Kit Carson Road. 

Town of Taos Youth and Family Center - $2400.  For Phase I of the landscaping project of the new patio outside the pool. This will cover planting trees and installing an irrigation system.

Taos High School Culinary Program - $1066.  For building and planting decorative planters on the patio outside the Edu@Work CafĂ© at the school.  The planters will  be used to grow herbs & flower for the kitchen and will beautify the space as well.


Arroyos del Norte Elementary School - $2000.  For purchase of a greenhouse for their horticultural education program.

The Taos Arts and Cultural District – $1500.  For phase II of landscaping the walkway near the public bathrooms north of the plaza. Funding this project confirms our commitment to help in the beautification of the Plaza and surround historical district.

The Harwood Museum - $3000 For rehabilitating the landscape in the front of the museum.

Rivers and Birds - $2400.


The Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) –  $1970.  Our grant was used for landscaping the south side of the building.  The plans include a xeriscape garden with perennials, trees, and shrubs; stock tanks planted with flowers near the entrance doors; and a gravel walkway through the garden leading to the entrance.

The SEED Program –  $700.  This is an arts and education-based project, now in its third year, which investigates the beauty and science of seeds. The educational component includes a SEED Exploratorium, held in October at The Stables Gallery, which focuses on a hands-on learning environment for the public and visiting school classes. Our grant helped with costs of the SEED Exploratorium and the school field trips to local farms.

Waldorf (Taos Country Day) School –  $1500.  Our grant was used for enclosing a greenhouse classroom which is part of an expanding Garden and Agriculture Program.

The Taos Arts and Cultural District – $1374.  This grant was used for installing irrigation and plants on the east side of the walkway connecting muncipal parking lot off Placitas to the north entrance to the historic Taos Plaza.  This area is near the new public restrooms and is an area frequently used by tourists and local citizens. 


Northern New Mexico Birth Center - $2000. For an edible landscape on the grounds of the birth center (formerly known as Northern NM Midwifery Center).  The project is in conjunction with Rivers and Birds.

Anansi Charter School - $1960. For landscaping to complement the new west wing.  The garden is to be used in conjunction with classroom learning of science, art, and cultural subjects.

Taos Charter School - $840.  Funds are for a hoop house that is part of their outdoor classroom.

Taos County Economic Development Corporation, Community Garden and Greenhouse Project - $1100.  Funds are for irrigation supplies, seeds, potting soil and amendments for the greenhouse and community garden project.

Taos Historic Museums, Blumenschein House - $2455.  Funds are for plant and hardscape materials as well as labor to install a garden in the rear of the house.


Taos Center for the Arts - $1945.  For landscaping the inner courtyard of the TCA with aspens, two stone benches, supplies for a trellis and plants.

Taos Charter School - $2000.  To help with establishing an outdoor classroom that will contain raised beds and fruit trees.  A curriculum to complement the garden was to be prepared. 
Couse Historic Garden - $3400.  For restoration of the stone patio at the historic home.  President Ann Hazleton is pictured presenting the check to Virginia and Ernie Leavitt.
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