Mark your calendar for May 7 Las Cruces Tour of Gardens

gardenEscape for a day filled with color, scents, and inspiration at the Las Cruces Tour of Gardens on Saturday, May 7. This event features six gardens in the Las Alturas area that will surprise and delight visitors of all ages.

The 21st Las Cruces Tour of Gardens will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person; children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit or call 521-0521.

This year’s gardens range from vegetable garden landscapes to native gardens. From bees and chickens to a vignette of mining tools, the gardens offer beauty for visitors and inspiration for local gardeners.

Visitors may begin the tour in any garden and proceed in any order. Signs in front of the homes help identify the gardens, which are shown on the map provided on the ticket. Children should be supervised, as many plants are fragile and some may be poisonous. Refreshments will be available in one of the gardens. There will be drawings for gate prizes. The Doña Ana County Extension Service Master Gardeners will be available in each garden to answer questions.

Each year, the tour is presented by Las Cruces garden clubs: Mesilla Valley Garden Club, Desert Daubers Garden Club, and Hi Hopes Garden Club. The proceeds of the tour are donated to gardening related beautification and educational projects in the community.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Ashley Furniture Home Store, 3299 Del Rey Boulevard; The Emerald Isle, 1701 Calle de Mercado; Glen Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Rd.; Guzman’s Garden Center Color Your World, 540 Telshor Blvd. and 270 Avenida de Mesilla.