The third annual
Placitas Garden Tour
will be held on
Saturday May 19, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tickets $12.50 in advance
$15.00 day of the tour
This annual tour event aims to showcase garden beauty in Placitas and to promote sustainable landscape maintenance practices. The tour will focus on garden landscape education unique to Placitas micro-climates. Six garden properties will be open for viewing to ticket holders on the tour date. Plein Air artists from Placitas will be painting in the gardens before and during the tour. Their work will be on display at the Placitas Community Library and will be available for sale, proceeds of which will also benefit the participating volunteer organizations. The Placitas Garden Tour benefits the Placitas Community Library and the Sandoval County Master Gardeners.
Tickets on Day of the Tour:
Tickets, in the form of a booklet with garden tour map, may be purchased for $15.00 on the day of the tour beginning at 8:30 a.m. at:
- La Puerta Real Estate Services
- Homestead Village Shopping Center
- Placitas Community Library
Advanced Sale: Beginning April 1 through May 18 tickets , in the form of a booklet with garden tour map, may be purchased for $12.50 online at our Tickets page or at any of the merchant locations listed on below:
- The Merc (Placitas)
- Placitas Community Library (Placitas)
- Santa Ana Garden Center (Bernalillo)
- Plants of the Southwest (Albuquerque)
- Osuna Nursery (Albuquerque)
- Alameda Greenhouse (Albuquerque)
- Rehm’s Nursery (Albuquerque)
- Agua Fria Nursery (Santa Fe)
Touring Tips, Garden Etiquette and Safety
Dress comfortably for the garden tour. Placitas properties lie at an elevation of at least a mile high and the desert garden terrain may be uneven. It is recommended to dress in layers along with wearing a protective hat, sunglasses, and closed toed walking shoes. The use of sunscreen is also recommended. The morning may be chilly, but the New Mexico sun will warm the rest of the day.Ticket holders assume all risks associated with the 2018 Placitas Garden Tour, including but not limited to rock pathways, stairways, steep landscapes, walls, and possible slippery areas. With the exception of service dogs, pets will not be allowed on garden premises.
Our home owners have opened their gardens for your viewing enjoyment, so be extremely careful while you tour the gardens and drive through Placitas neighborhoods. Please obey traffic and parking signs, and do not trespass beyond the designated tour areas. Tour guests are responsible for their own health and safety during the tour. Unfortunately, the tour organizers can not claim handicap accessibility to the gardens that are located on private property. If you require special assistance to view a garden please contact the Placitas Garden Tour at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Placitas Garden Tour volunteers will do their best to assist you in viewing a garden where feasible.
Painters in the Gardens
Each garden in the 2018 Placitas Garden Tour will feature a Placitas Plein Air artist painting on site. “Plein Air” is a French term for painting scenes on location in open air. These artists follow the tradition of French painters from the 1840’s using small, portable painting kits on an easel to create an outdoor mini art studio. The paintings will be on display and for sale at the Placitas Community Library on the day of the Garden Tour. The artists are working in collaboration with the Sandoval County Master Gardeners & the Placitas Community Library to raise funds for future landscape projects & educational programs in Placitas.
- There is no charge for children under 12, accompanied by a paid adult.
photos on this page by: Mike Stoy