2019 Placitas Garden Tour Success
The fourth annual Placitas Garden Tour on September 8th, 2019 was a great success. This year was the first tour to be held in the fall and the day of the tour had nearly perfect weather with partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the eighties, and light breezes. The eight tour gardens were grouped on the east side of Placitas with five of them in the Diamond Tail development. The tour gardens showcased a variety of residential landscapes and one working vegetable garden. The Placitas Community Library served as a hub for garden activities, with ticket sales, educational exhibits, a day lily sale, and the Plein Air 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 state. In addition to Placitas residents, many people visited from Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho. Placitas Garden Tour representatives received many wonderful comments from many guests on how much they enjoyed their visit to Placitas.
Each garden in the 2019 Placitas Garden Tour also featured a 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 the day of the Garden Tour. The paintings will continue to be on display and for sale at the Library through the end of September.
The Placitas Garden Tour committee would like to thank all of the garden owners, advertisers and volunteers who helped to make the 2019 tour a success. We would also like to thank our participating volunteer organizations: The Sandoval County Master Gardeners and the Placitas Community Library.
Planning for the 2020 Placitas Garden Tour has already begun. If you are a garden owner in Placitas and would like to be considered for participation in the 2020 or 2021 Placitas Garden Tour please contact us.
All photos on this page by: Mike Stoy