Los Jardineros reveals its 2016 ‘Taos Beautiful’ awards

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The Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos recently revealed the winners of its 2016 “Taos Beautiful” awards.

The winners are Yucca Plaza, Mariposa Apartments and Debor House and Shops. The three were recognized for their efforts in beautifying Taos County. At a September gathering, the recipients were presented with award certificates.

(Click on the accompanying images, provided by Los Jardineros.)

About the winners

• Yucca Plaza

The shopping center, located at 216 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, has gotten many improvements, inside and out, during the past year. New owner Karin Thomas installed a drip system and planted flowers in pots and in the courtyard. She brought in 80 bags of soil. She also painted and decorated posts with fish, plants and chickens. According to Thomas, “Many people, including the shop owners, have complemented and love the changes.”

• Mariposa Apartments

A year ago, Jessica Baca and her partner, Robert Chavez, took over management of the Mariposa Apartments. The property is owned by Mariposa Properties in Albuquerque. Baca and Chavez installed an irrigation system and painted the buildings. They planted flowers and seeded lawns. The complex has 52 units and 113 residents. The couple built raised gardening beds, and 20 residents have planted a community food garden. Baca is pleased with the changes, “Everyone has commented on the improvements and saying it feels more like home.” The Mariposa Apartments are located at 201 Mariposa Place, near Kit Carson Road.

• Debor House and Shops

Owned by David and Mindy Weaver of Manhattan, Kansas — the complex includes four shops and an upstairs apartment. The Weavers had permanent landscape plants installed in the courtyard. Ellen Goodrich, who manages Taos Studio Works, planted annuals and has kept all the plants watered with help from the other shop owners. Ellen has noticed many people entering the courtyard to take pictures of the flowers. Debor House is located at 110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, between Bent Street and Kit Carson Road.

About the awards

For the past six years, Los Jardineros has given the Taos Beautiful awards to businesses and nonprofits with landscapes that enhance the beauty of Taos County. Members of the club nominate landscapes that are compatible with the environment and the surroundings, have visual appeal and are easy to maintain.

Previous award winners include Walgreens, Act I Gallery, Central Station, Arroyo Seco Mercantile, Pat Woodall Fine Art, US Bank, Cid’s Food Market and Red Cat Melissiana, Centinel Bank, The Overland Ranch, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, El Meze restaurant and the combined efforts of the Taos Artist Cooperative and Dwellings Revisited.

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