2021 Placitas Garden Tour Success
After a one year hiatus due to the COVID Pandemic the fifth annual Placitas Garden Tour held on September 19th, 2021 was a great success. This year was the second tour to be held in the fall and the day of the tour dawned with partly cloudy skies. A brief shower rolled through Placitas in mid-morning following which the skies cleared and temperatures were in the eighties the rest of the day with light breezes. A second rain squall rolled through town just before the end of the tour. All-in-all it was a classic New Mexico fall day.
The seven tour gardens were spread from the west side of Placitas all the way to the east side of the village. The gardens showcased a variety of residential landscapes from beautifully crafted decorative gardens to large vegetable gardens. The Placitas Community Library served as a hub for garden activities, with ticket sales, educational exhibits, a day lily sale, and the Garden Tour Art Gallery at that location. Nearly five hundred tour guests visited the gardens this year and about one hundred volunteers participated in the tour helping to guide the guests and answer questions.
Tour guests came from all over the central part of the New Mexico. In addition to Placitas residents, many people visited from Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho. Placitas Garden Tour representatives received wonderful comments from many guests on how much they enjoyed their visit to Placitas.
Each garden in the 2021 Placitas Garden Tour also featured an artist working on site. The artists used many different materials from paints and pastels to clay and metal to capture lasting impressions that tell the story of how the gardens were lovingly created and nurtured. The completed works were on display at the Placitas Community Library the day of the Garden Tour.
The Placitas Garden Tour committee would like to thank all of the garden owners, advertisers and volunteers who helped to make the 2021 tour a success. We would also like to thank our participating volunteer organizations: The Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners and the Placitas Community Library.
Planning for the 2022 Placitas Garden Tour has already begun. If you are a garden owner in Placitas and would like to be considered for participation in the 2022 or 2023 Placitas Garden Tour please contact us.
All photos on this page by: Mike Stoy and Michael Wile