Garden Club of Taos

Celebrating 70 Years of Beautification and Horticultural Education in Taos County

Monthly Newsletter

 July 2019


I hope you appreciated the rain over the weekend. Nature sure has benefited, it is evident all around us.

No monthly meeting in July, but plenty of activities ahead for you to partake, as you will see in the other notices.



Members Only Tour

   Thursday, July 18th

9 am to 12 noon

Join other members of Los Jardineros in enjoying four gardens during our Members Only Tour.  Please consider car pooling.  In order to facilitate car pooling, members who wish to car pool should allow their name to be listed, visible to other members. Directions to each garden are included in the registration confirmation email.

Venue #1:  Susan and Jim are well known in Taos as an avid lovers of music, dance and art.   Their gracious home has been the center of many house concerts and fund raisers supporting the arts in Taos.  This home is settled on acres of mature trees and meadows with an historic acequia flowing through the property.  One can quickly forget how close to town you are, it exudes a tranquil environment that soothes the soul.  There is an enclosed patio area that is lush with annual and perennial plants that is perfect for entertaining.  This home has been the center of many social and family celebrations.

Venue #2: This beautiful traditional Taos home has many special features.  The front of the home enjoys natural landscaping with native plants, including sage, chamisa, and an impressive purple carpet of mature salvia.  The grounds behind the house are landscaped with fruit trees, flowering shrubs, archways, patios, and portals, inviting you to sit and linger in this serene environment.

Venue #3: Many of us are familiar with the beautiful jewelry and artworks from Claire’s shop in Arroyo Seco “Claireworks”.  Her home and gardens are just as unique as the artist herself.  Nestled among a piƱon forest, are flowering shrubs, shade trees and a private water sanctuary with a colorful variety of waterlilies and cattails.   She is willing to give us a glimpse into her inspiring home and studio that is well worth the short drive to Hondo Seco.

Venue #4: This El Prado property has a spacious garden that includes a variety of penstemons and a beautiful rock garden that is filled with texture and color.  There are two very different patios.  The first is small and filled with a variety of shade plants.  The second is much larger planted with sun loving plants and a beautiful water feature.

Two Ribbon Cuttings Honoring Los Jardineros Funded Projects

Los Jardineros will be honored at two ribbon cuttings this month.  Both of these rejuvenated public spaces are, the result of Los Jardineros grants and community beautification projects.

The first is on July 12th at 10 am.  This ribbon cutting will celebrate the renovation of Gusdorf Park.  The Taos Community Foundation has built on a grant provided by Los Jardineros back in 2016.  The Community Foundation is inviting all Los Jardineros members to celebrate the new landscaping, gazebos and playground equipment, and acknowledge our participation in the project. Gusdorf Park is located at the S-curve on Gusdorf Road.  We hope you can join us at this celebration.

Los Jardineros implemented a special community project in honor of our  70th Anniversary.  This project repaired and re-stuccoed the wall next to the sidewalk and seating area next to the Taos Center for the Arts offices and our Celebration Garden.  The Taos Mayor, Dan Barrone, will join the Boards and membership of Los Jardineros and the Taos Center for the Arts to celebrate this visual improvement to downtown with a ribbon cutting.  This will take place on July 24 at 3 pm. We hope you can join us to celebrate the completion of this project and the 70th Anniversary of Los Jardineros.



Garden & Home Tour

August 3, 2019

We are still seeking volunteers to fill in our teams to help as docents for half the day. Benefits include plenty of fun, and a free ticket to view the other homes, either before or after your docent shift. Contact our docent coordinator, Jan Martenson at (301)318-9117 or jsm449@mac.com to volunteer.
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