2019 Garden and Home Tour Venues
Venue #1 Casa de las Vistas
A spacious and contemporary southwest styled home with room for entertaining and owners' hobbies. The viga ceilings and carved wood arches frame rooms packed with a varied art collection including works from their favorite California and New Mexico artist friends. The owner designed and maintained gardens have been carved out of the surrounding sagebrush. Rocks and meandering pathways lead to beds of pollinator friendly plants, mature lilacs and native trees. Don't miss the stone labyrinth, New Mexico varietals of grapevines with climbing arbor and fountains surrounded by seasonal plants and scented herbs. The flagstone courtyard with potted grasses and a wraparound portal allows for 360-degree views of the Taos Valley.
Venue #2 Painter's Palette of Perennials
These long time Taos residents have an artful eye and passion for designing a comfortable home and a gloriously colorful garden landscape. Interior rooms are decorated with their expansive family collection of southwest Indian pottery, Kachinas and artifacts as well as Western bronzes and paintings from well known New Mexican artists. Outdoors, hand-painted stepping stones lead you by multiple raised beds filled with high desert friendly perennials, wildflowers, fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. Landscape highlights include: ornamental gates and sculptures, a rock fountain, a Mexican-style ramada with dry creek bed featuring ceramic trout and a delightful garden "She-Shed" to putter in.
Venue #3 Dutch Treat
These homeowners purchased a partially built house from a part-time Dutch citizen, and in just a few years they have expanded and created their own southwest custom gem. The rooms are spacious for entertaining and filled with their own artful touches. Eclectic art and furniture pieces reflect both their Dutch family heritage and European travels, all nicely combined with works by favorite Taos artists. Expanding their living space is a large wraparound portal that overlooks a pleasing garden of favorite New Mexico paintings. A variety of bulbs, lilacs, grasses, clematis and peonies provide seasonable interest. Garden sculptures and a butterfly garden with pollinator friendly flowers lends extra summer color and frames their view of the surrounding mesas and mountains.
Venue #4 Alma Del Monte
This unique rural property, originally a historic B&B, now serves the current owners as their Taos country getaway for large family gatherings. Their spacious southwest home features viga ceilings, satillo tile floors, well-appointed bedroom suites with kiva fireplaces, and a vast great room for easy entertaining. The artwork and decor is appropriately Western in style, including a hand painted hallway mural of the Grand Canyon, Indian artifacts, textiles, paintings and antiques. The rooms open to a large central courtyard shaded by mature ash and locust trees, featuring a large stone fountain surrounded by blooming perennials. The central gardens include ornamental shrubs, a vine-covered ramada, and large pots with seasonal annuals. The south side includes an eye-catching mature wisteria, raspberry bushes, a dahlia cutting garden, and unobstructed views of the majestic Sangre de Cristos.