Placitas Garden Tour

2017 Placitas Garden Tour Success

The second annual Placitas Garden Tour on May 21st, 2107 was a complete success. The day of the tour was close to perfect with sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-seventies, and light breezes.  The eight tour gardens were spread-out along Highway 165 spanning a distance from Vista Mantano Loop to Camino de Tecolote north of the Village.    The tour gardens showcased a variety of residential landscapes, unique structures for growing vegetables and a hydrology/ acequia lesson at the Anasazi Winery Orchard.  Each garden hosted a full complement of tour guests.  437 tickets were sold for the event, and 100 volunteers participated in the tour helping to guide the guests and answer questions.

More Albuquerque and Rio Rancho guests attended the 2017 garden tour compared to the previous year thanks to increased advertising and promotion. Placitas Garden Tour representatives received positive comments from many guests on how much they enjoyed their visit to Placitas.   An Albuquerque couple who won the carved stone raffle prize said, “We planned to stay just a couple of hours, and ended up spending a full day visiting the gardens.”

Each garden in the 2017 Placitas Garden Tour featured a Placitas Plein Air artist painting on site. “Plein Air” is a French term for painting scenes on location in open air.   The artists used paints or pastels to transform the garden into a lasting image that tells the story of how the garden was lovingly created and nurtured. The completed paintings were on display at the Placitas Community Library (Garden #5)  the day of the Garden Tour.  Many of the paintings were purchased by the garden owners and tour guests.

The third annual Placitas Garden Tour will be held on

Saturday May 19, 2018

The Placitas Garden Tour Committee will be reviewing gardens for the 2018 tour from now until the end of August.  If you would like to have your garden reviewed for the 2018 garden tour or beyond contact the tour organization HERE or send an email to If you are not interested in having your garden on the tour but know of someone in Placitas whose garden you think would be a good addition to a future tour please provide us with the contact information for the garden owner and we will contact them to inquire if they are interested in participating.

Additional information about the 2018 tour will continue to be posted on this website as it becomes available. If you have any questions about the 2018 tour please contact the Placitas Garden Tour Committee HERE

or send us an email at:


photos on this page by: Mike Stoy