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The roots of greatness: Four tree-mendous giants hold national crown for size

More than a century ago, about the time New Mexico became a state, a Goodding black willow sapling emerged naturally — or was planted by a resident — along an earthen irrigation ditch near the center of Taos. It survived through drought, … more

You can attain a certified wildlife garden habitat

The National Wildlife Federation offers a “Garden for Wildlife” program. If the criteria exist in your backyard or farm, you can get your yard certified through a simple application process and it can become an educational tool. A plaque placed … more

Prepare for the unknown: Find inner tranquility and outer harmony in Taos

With the beginning of the new year, we feel the need to get rid of the old and make room for the new. As we take down our holiday decorations, we may crave order and simplicity. Pearl Huang of Ru Yi Studio of Multicultural Arts says that in her … more

Taos Herb: The bitter truth about herbs and digestion

Bitter is a taste that has become so foreign to most of us that when I ask people if they know what tastes bitter, I get answers like “lemons” and “vinegar.” Perhaps you know those as sour tastes — just one of the six basic tastes that … more

Hot, dry cough? Try this featured herb.

• Mullein, miner’s candlestick, velvet plant, blanket leaf • Spanish: punchón, gordolobo • Family: scrophulariaceae (figwort family) • Genus and species: verbascum thapsus Mullein grows throughout the world, growing from sea … more

Wonderful World of Native Plants: Use holiday colors to spruce up the season

Let’s talk about holiday colors. While the green of our deciduous trees and bushes is gone, and we’ve had our first snow, still some of our winter wonderland foliage can deck our outside halls with the colors we associate most with Christmas — … more

Tree Talk: Planting an orchard in Taos brings community out

Taos maintains a long history of fruit orchards. Many fruit trees thrive here. And with care – and a little luck from the weather – yield copious quantities of delicious fruit for people (and some birds and bears). Besides contributing to … more

Transition to the fall: It’s time to winterize your Taos garden

The seasons are slowly shifting from the long days of summer to the shorter (and cooler) days of fall. Instinctively, we begin to turn our attention inward, preparing for winter by gathering firewood and preserving the food from our gardens and … more

Los Jardineros reveals its 2016 ‘Taos Beautiful’ awards

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 … more

Step by step: Find a touch of beauty when landscaping your yard

Farming and gardening have been a way of life in Taos for more than 1,000 years. Beginning with the Taos Pueblo people cultivating corn, the valley has grown plants that provide food and beauty. Some of the most bountiful gardens in Taos have … more
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