Water, water everywhere…

Water features and lush, colorful gardens highlight this year's Angel Fire Garden Tour

One of several water features at the home of Dana and Dr. Avery Rush (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Perhaps it was the winter-long drought that extended well into summer, but water — in the form of gorgeous waterfalls and ponds — was prominently featured in the Angel Fire Garden Club’s 16th Annual Garden Tour, with the theme “Buck Full Moon,” Saturday (July 28). A lucky group also enjoyed an outdoor luncheon — with spectacular views of Wheeler Peak — at Penni and Mike Davey’s home. [Editor’s note: Thanks to Page Steed and Conni Elkins for their invaluable help with photo IDs and cutlines.]

Linda Bealessio, Anne Supple, and Jo Brennan work registration for the Garden Tour (Courtesy Photo / Connie Elkins)
Raffle Prizes (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Trini Bradley and the Garden Bear at the Angel Fire Visitor’s Center (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Conni Elkins sports her Dia de los Muertos hat (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Another view of Conni Elkins’ hat (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

The home of Page and Jerry Steed, featuring photography by Page Steed

Visitors enjoy the gardens along the driveway of Jerry and Page Steed (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
A short hike to the top of “Steed Summit” is rewarded by a comfy seat and great view (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
View of the Moreno Valley from “Steed Summit” (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Bison photos by Page Steed on display (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Ladybug on Sunflower, a sample of photography of Page Steed (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Marybeth Maxwell helped host at the Steed house, seen here visiting with JJ Huddleston (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Samples of photographic canvas art by Page Steed (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The home of Cindy and Robert Reeg, and Lori and James Reeg, hosted with Max Pacheco, with pottery by Jo DeKeuster

Comfy spots for relaxation at the Casa de Reeg (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Barbara Vance (NMGC President), Tami Stallings, Tim and Conni Elkins, Jo DeKeuster, and Darreck Stallings discuss pottery at the Casa de Reeg (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Water feature installed by Pacheco’s High Country Evergreens Landscaping  (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Closeup of the Pacheco-built water feature (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

Conni Elkins posing on the landscaped steps at Casa de Reeg (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Peaceful views of the #5 green (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Families of geese traverse the greens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The home of Dr. Avery and Dana Rush, hosted by Diane and Pete Peterson, with paintings by Suzy Moritz

Tour participants enjoy the entry way water feature (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Colorful Potentilla and Catmint encircle the entry way water feature (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Nancy Kramer, Joan Bohls, Kathy Grober, and Kathy Bratton (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Treva Baker, Nancy Kramer, Joan Bohls, Kathy Grober, Kathy Bratton, Kathleen Crissman, and Judy Dickmann (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Ponds and waterfalls are the highlight of the landscaping (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Visitors enjoy the relaxing babbling of the water falls (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Art work by Suzy Moritz (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Suzy Moritz demonstrates her artful techniques (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Suzy Moritz Fine Art exhibit (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Tour participants are treated to demonstration by Suzy Moritz (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Viewing art work and water features (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Diane Peterson showing off her glorious hat… (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Diane Peterson continuing down the walkway … (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
And Diane Peterson arrives!  (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Beautiful waterfalls at the home of Dana and Dr. Avery Rush (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Mexican hats border the entry drive way (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Jo Ann Layden visits with other Tour participants as they walk up the drive way (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The home of hosts Melinda and Alan Young, with art by Kathleen Dello Stritto

Kathy Bratton enjoys vistas of the Taos subrange from the Young home (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Kathlene’s grandson enjoys the Shasta daisies (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Art exhibit by Kathlene Dello Strito (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Kathleen Dello Stritto Fine Art, back-dropped by the beautiful mountains of the Wheeler Range (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Cascading waterfalls are a prominent feature at the Young home (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Tour participants enjoy the water features and vistas (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Ponderosa pines dot the landscape (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Cascading water falls (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Russian thistles add a spark of color (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Shasta daisies and water falls (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Colorful windmill adorns the landscaping (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The home of hosts Kathleen and John Morton, with paintings by Monique Mountain

Newly landscaped features line the driveway of the Morton home (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Chocolate orange Rudbeckia bloom among the rock features (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Chocolate orange black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia) blooms (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Flowers and cherubs adorn the intimate spaces (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
St. Francis of Assisi welcomes all creatures (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Brightly colored cone-flowers are great specimen plantings (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Featured art by Monique Mountain (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Flowers adorn the landscape as well as the featured art (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Beautiful arrangements by Monique Mountain (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Monique Mountains’ art includes delicate landscapes (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Deck view at the Morton’s home provides relaxing vistas (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The home of luncheon hosts Penni & Mike Davey

A 1600-gallon cistern supplies water for the ponds and water falls at the Davey home (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Shasta daisies are prominent in the Davey gardens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Neighbor Kathleen Morton totes armloads of flowers for the Tour Luncheon (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Russian Sage and Shasta daisies adorn the mountain side (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Terracing landscape of the Davey gardens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Russian thistles and interesting garden adornments (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Fonda Brown and Mary Smith serving the delicious luncheon (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Russian thistle blooms (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Yuliya Cherry and family enjoy the Tour Luncheon (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The backsides (including hats) of Joan Bohls and Judie Hass (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Treva Baker, Judie Hass, and Joan Bohls (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Jo Ann Layden visits with luncheon attendees (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Linda Gau and her “Most Glamorous” award-winning hat (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Linda Gau’s hat (up close!) (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Isabel Olsen (South Central Region Director) and her “Gardening” award-winning hat (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Isabel’s hat (up close!) (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Isabel’s hummingbird and butterflies (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The luncheon afforded spectacular views (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Mary Smith, Penni Davey, Larry Layden, and Fonda Brown at the food-serving table (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Helen Tucker and Linda Gau at the Davey’s gateway

(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

Stairway at the Davey house (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Jo Brennan and her gardening boots (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Yuliya Cherry and family enjoy the luncheon (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Garden Tour Chairman Penni Davey (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Children and adults alike enjoyed the luncheon (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Fonda Brown, Mary Smith, and JJ Huddleston eye the cupcakes (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
JJ Huddleston and Jo Ann Layden (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Cindy Reep and Lucy Humbert in the serving line (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Wildflower centerpieces, flowers provided by Sonja Swengel of Taos, NM (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Penni Davey (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Penni Davey (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Davey gardens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Glass mushroom in the Davey gardens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Broken ceramic pots and catci adorn one portion of the Davey gardens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The Angel Fire Garden Club maintains signature gardens around Angel Fire: A Blue Star Memorial Garden at Vietnam Veterans Memorial (not pictured), a Blue Star Memorial Garden and Butterfly Garden at Shuter Library and the Village Median Garden on Angel Fire Road.

Entrance to the Butterfly Garden at Shuter Library (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Certified Butterfly Garden signage (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Butterfly houses adorn the Shuter Library gardens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Garden Club stepping stones (made by Marvin Sheriff) and flower beds (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Interesting features of the gardens (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Yellow yarrow and water fountain (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Colorful flowers (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Daisies and angelic statues (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Another glimpse of the Butterfly houses (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Blue Star Memorial By-Way at the Shuter Library (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The Garden Club’s median on North Angel Fire Road (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Elliott the Elk and his magnificent view (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Median maintained by Angel Fire Garden Club members (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Folk line up for the AFGC Garden Tour Silent Auction (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Kathleen Morton filling out raffle tickets (Dolly Gilcrease in the background ) (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Janice Tschoepe admiring the silent auction items  (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Full Buck Moon theme for 2018 Garden Tour (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Silent Auction items (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

Steed Casa garden sign (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Perennial Raised Bed signage at Steed Casa (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Rock wall raised flower beds at Steed Casa (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Nancy Kramer, Kathy Bratton, and Jane Cox visit with Jo Ann Layden  (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
The Hat Parade and Contest (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Lucy Humbert and Conni Elkins discuss the importance of a glamorous hat (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Joan Bohls struts her stuff (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Isabel Olsen, Linda Gau, and Jo Ann Layden in the Hat Parade (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Janice Tschoepe sporting her pink hat (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Judie Haas in the Hat Parade (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Flowers and Judie Hass (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
The Hat Contest Judges – Diane Peterson and Conni Elkins (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Joan Bohls (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Isabel Olsen (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Linda Gau (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Janice Tschoepe (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Hats adorned the railings as well as the contestants (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Isabel Olsen winning for “Most Garden-like” category (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Janice Tscoepe winning 2nd place for “Most Garden-like” category (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Linda Gau won “Most Glamorous” category (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
MaryBeth Maxwell accepts 2nd place for “Most Glamorous” category from judge Conni Elkins (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Marybeth Maxwell showing off her award! (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Joan Bohls accepting her prize for “Most Unique” category (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Jo Ann Layden accepts her award for 2nd place in “Most Unique” category wearing Conni Elkins’ fascinator from Wales (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Jo Ann Layden showing off her prize (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Laurie and James Reeg visit with Isabel Olsen and Diane Peterson (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Fonda Brown and Kathleen Morton work the food serving table (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)
Pam Wolff sports her darling hat (Courtesy Photo / Page Steed)

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  1. Ellen, these are fabulous! Thank you for covering the 2018 Angel Fire Garden Club “Full Buck Moon” Garden Tour! — Page Steed

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