“Small Potatoes Garden”

Address: Camino Del Torio
Subdivision: Rural Area North of 165 & West of the Village
Owners: Suzanne Maxwell and John Kail
Suzanne and John promote and practice the principles of “Permaculture” or “Sustainability” in garden practice and philosophy through interaction with their landscape environment and other gardeners. They employ gardening practices that use water and other resources sparingly and manage to give back to the earth to rebuild. Their planted garden landscape co-exists with the area native and native adapted plants and animals. They love the art of slow cooking using their organically grown produce.

“Huertas Canyon Farm”

Address: Comino Lucero
Subdivision: Las Huertas Canyon
Owners: Scott Deuel and Nancy Kellum-Rose
Scott and Nancy moved to Placitas over a decade ago from the City of Chicago, where they maximized their urban growing space by creating a roof top vegetable garden. They purchased a lot of land on Lucero road just north of the Village of Placitas in 2007. While waiting for their home to be built, Scott started manually clearing a small farming area just north of their home site. At that time the area consisted of several one seeded juniper trees and a couple of unattended fruit trees.

“The Labyrinth Garden”

Address: Crestview Court
Owners: Jessica and Mike Chynoweth
Subdivision: Diamond Tail
When Jessica and Mike purchased this house some years ago there was very little landscaping. They just had a baby and wanted to create a safe and beautiful place for her to play. They worked with Hilltop Landscaping to put in the initial wall, hardscape, plantings, and water features. Over the years Jessica added a few plants such as the butterfly bushes. The labyrinth came about when they needed to relocate their septic tank.

“The Infinity Garden”

Address: 109 Crestview Court
Owners: Chris and Dave Pasero
Subdivision: Diamond Tail
The garden name refers to the outdoor pool design and how it draws your eye to the far northern mountain range view. The front open landscape was done so well that you may not realize that the house was built less than 3 years ago. The front hardscape design is functional and visually stunning encompassing the choice of rock colors, the dry river bed construction, and the placement of petroglyph carved boulders throughout.

“El Jardine en Equilibrio”

Address: Wild Primrose
Owners: Erin and John Height
Subdivision: Diamond Tail
Description: A large engraved boulder with the number “104” marks this Wild Primrose property. Several established prickly pear, red yucca, and agave succulents grace the entry boulder. The driveway leads up to the front courtyard and then a 3-car garage entry pad. The front serviceable entrances to the home were built to take in the east Sandia mountain view. Native planted apache plum, red yucca grass, agaves and existing one seeded juniper trees anchor the foreground to the mountain view.