The Placitas Garden Tour is set for Sept. 11.

Sandra Liakus, chair, Placitas Garden Tour

We have some of the most stunning and diverse gardens yet. We have five more traditionally landscaped properties with plenty of trees and a plethora of plants adapted to our high desert climate. The interesting fact is that all these garden landscapes were designed by their garden owners with much attention to landscaping, the surrounding environment, and selection of plants.

We have two additional gardens that are situated in a rural environment and they are focused on alternative organic gardening methods, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, bees, and chickens. These two gardens are located in the far NW end of Placitas off of Camino de San Francisco Hills Road. This is an interesting less traveled area of Placitas that is quite scenic and unspoiled. Drive carefully, since you may find wild horses grazing on the side of the road. There is much to learn about alternative methods of gardening, composting, and food preservation at these two gardens, which are separated by two natural spring fed ponds and a historic mission grape orchard. This is where the Hippies of the ’60s placed their communes.

We welcome both local Placitas residents and out of town guest to explore our sanctuary garden of Placitas. Who needs a vacation when you have garden

Ticket Booklets are on sale for $15 until September 10th, online at

and at the following locations:

Placitas Community Library (Placitas)

The Merc (Placitas)

Alameda Greenhouse (Albuquerque)

Jericho Nursery (Albuquerque)

Osuna Nursery (Albuquerque)

Rehms Nursery (Albuquerque)

Or purchase tickets for $20 on the day of the tour, September 11, at these Placitas locations:

Homestead Village Shopping Center

Placitas Community Library

Children under 16 and accompanied by an adult get in free