There’s something about flowers. They make people smile and feel good. By extension, gardens are special places. Whether ornamental or functional, people seem to love them. I’m a big fan of garden tours, especially in Santa Fe where oases are hidden behind walls and fences. I love touring gardens (and homes) and clearly, people love them too. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden Tour, always held the first two weekends in June, recruits incredible homes each year. Places that I’m probably not getting invited to (in this lifetime).
Last year the tour included the garden at a home designed by John Gaw Meem (one of the fathers of the Pueblo Revival movement) and a fabulous estate with an infinity pool — a rare sight in the high desert. The gardens at these and every other home on the tour were fabulous. It’s a special treat to get to see them.
Every year there are two tours. The first weekend always features an optional box lunch (for an additional fee) eaten at a location not included on the tour. Enticing? You bet.
Ticket prices vary, depending on when you buy them, from early bird pricing to paying a premium at the door. If you love gardens and want to see behind some of the ubiquitous adobe walls and coyote fences that make Santa Fe, well, Santa Fe, here’s your chance.
The 2013 Santa Fe Botanical Garden Tours are Sunday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 9th from 1 to 4pm. Ticket prices are on their website. The tours, begun in 1996, are a fund raiser for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. The long-time dream has come true. The first phase of their permanent home on Museum Hill opens to the public on Sunday, June 19th. We previewed it last week. With about two months to go, it’s looking great.
Have you been on a Santa Fe garden tour?