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Saturday, October 5, 2019

First Saturday Open House | Heritage Garden Giveaway

3-5 pm | Free admission, donations welcome
Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 146 Kit Carson Road
First Saturday Open House | Heritage Garden Giveaway

At this open house, The Couse Foundation highlights the "Mother Garden" of Taos. Volunteers collect seeds and cuttings during the year and share them with community members and visitors on the first Saturday every October. The seed and cuttings giveaway continues a tradition in remembrance of Virginia Walker Couse's original generosity, which helped establish many Taos gardens. (More info on the Mother Garden below.)

Tour the historic studios of E. I. Couse and J. H. Sharp, two of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists. Docents will be present in every room providing in-depth knowledge of the E. I. Couse House and Studio, Virginia Couse Heritage Garden, Kibbey Couse lab and machine shop, and the 1915 Sharp Studio with the exhibition J. H. Sharp: The Life and Work of an American Legend.

This will be the last month for the exhibitions Taos Pueblo Portraiture: The Photographic Studies of E. I. Couse in the 1830s Luna Chapel and Joseph Henry Sharp’s Montana in the 1915 Studio, which close Nov. 2.

Open to the public, free admission; donations encouraged. Relevant books, DVDs, and other items for sale.

To access any of the tour segments, come to the main entrance at 146 Kit Carson Road. Free parking available a half block east in the municipal lot on Kit Carson Road. Please note: Because of the site’s nature as a place of historic preservation, buildings and grounds are not ADA accessible.

For more information, call 575-751-0369 or email

Immediately upon their move to their new home on Kit Carson Road in 1909, artist E. I. Couse’s wife, Virginia, began developing her famous garden. She designed its architecture of terraces, stone walkways, and a seat overlooking the valley, as well as the colorful palette of flowers that filled its garden beds. She shared the flowers and seeds from her garden generously.
Visitors often left with a bouquet; locals were supplied with flowers for christenings and weddings; newcomers to town were given seeds and plants to start their own gardens. At its final open house of the season in October, The Couse Foundation carries on this tradition with a giveaway of plants including phlox, daylilies, and iris, and the seeds of oriental poppies, cosmos, and hollyhocks.

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