September 14, 2022

Santa Fe’s adobe structures seem an extension of the earth itself. Curvy walls in warm, desert hues — tan, soft rose, terracotta — rear up from the gravelly soil to enclose courtyards and residences. Wooden doors, some with slatted windows for a glimpse inside, add mystery and perhaps a dash of color, often shades of blue. Dried chile ristras hang from many doorways, a sign of good luck and welcome.

We visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, in late August and stayed in an Airbnb within walking distance of the main plaza and famed Canyon Road, a half-mile ramble packed with art galleries in historic adobe residences.

One morning we walked over to Canyon Road via E. Palace Avenue, and I kept stopping to admire the beautiful doors and walls of homes that we passed.

We found more charmers in the historic neighborhood just off Canyon Road.

Here’s a sampling of my favorites from that pleasant walk.

Agave, adobe, and Corten steel, a match made in heaven

Canyon Road

At one of the galleries along Canyon Road, I spotted a stunning metal tree with silver-chain foliage.

Acacia is the work of Travis Seeger and Foster Talge — who happen to be Austin-area (Elgin?) artists! This is part of their collaborative Tree Series.

A smaller one is available too. I LOVE it. As it happens, 11 years ago I posted about another metal tree created by Foster Talge, which wowed me on the East Austin Studio Tour.

A different sort of sculpture, based on desert flora, made my heart skip a beat when I saw it. These botanical ceramic totems are the work of my friend Dustin Gimble, a visionary Los Angeles garden designer and artist.

Just wow. Aren’t they great?

I wrote about Dustin’s work last spring, so click for more info and pics.

Other soaring sculptural pieces rise amid tawny grasses on Canyon Road, where bigger seems to be better.

A glowing terracotta wall with arching sprays of pyracantha called out for a photo op too.

The orange berries against the salmon wall is so pretty.

Sunflowers too

And nearby, yellow dahlias with near-black leaves

Back to the art and architecture of Canyon Road, and those blue New Mexico skies

This head sculpture wears a red stripe that echoes a painted window frame.

A Rubenesque nude’s voluptuous curves remind me of the city’s curvy adobe architecture.

Metal origami sheep by Kevin Box touch noses at another gallery.

One of Kevin Box’s classics: a sculptural rendition of the rock-paper-scissors game, with an origami crane for the paper element. I’ve photographed a lot of Box’s charming work over the years, especially since he’s now exhibiting at botanical gardens around the country.

Glowing, white trunks and welcome shade from a grove of aspens

I love the paper-bag texture of this long adobe structure with a seafoam-green picket fence and sunflowers.

Swags of plastic marigolds and felted balls adorn this cobblestone house. A neon corazon light is ready to glow after dark.

Doorway decor

A golden hand door knocker. Don’t you want one now?

A pumpkin-hued adobe wall and rustic gate — gorgeous!

And a newer, more polished version — also good

The classic Santa Fe color scheme

Shadow play and fallen pears

Nedra Matteucci Galleries garden

An expansive sculpture garden at Nedra Matteucci Galleries on Paseo De Peralta was recommended to us, so we headed over when we reached the end of Canyon Road.

The gallery itself has an astonishing collection of art for sale. Outdoors, I was also amazed by the size of the garden, a shady oasis encircling a large koi pond, with many bronze sculptures of animals and human figures.

I immediately recognized some of the animal sculptures, like this drinking baby elephant by Dan Ostermiller, from an over-the-top River Oaks estate in Houston that I toured in 2014.

That River Oaks garden had this upright, prancing elephant too — he was spouting water into a round swimming pool encircled by palm trees. I never thought to encounter him again, but there you go.

And it can be yours for the low, low price of $195,000.

I’d read that Matteucci Galleries has been sold, and the owner will be relocating to a downsized gallery on Canyon Road. The property — which includes the 10,000 square foot gallery plus guest houses (where Val Kilmer, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie O, and President Gerald Ford have stayed, according to a Santa Fe New Mexican article) and the garden — will be turned into condos. I wonder if the garden and pond will survive. I hope so. But change comes to every garden. In fact it’s the only constant.

As we left the gallery and headed back to our Airbnb, I paused to admire pink hollyhocks glowing against buff-pink adobe.

I love these simple cottage flowers. Add a dusky wall and a bright blue sky, and maybe it’s all you need.

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September 14, 2022

Santa Fe’s adobe structures seem an extension of the earth itself. Curvy walls in warm, desert hues — tan, soft rose, terracotta — rear up from the gravelly soil to enclose courtyards and residences. Wooden doors, some with slatted windows for a glimpse inside, add mystery and perhaps a dash of color, often shades of blue. Dried chile ristras hang from many doorways, a sign of good luck and welcome.

We visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, in late August and stayed in an Airbnb within walking distance of the main plaza and famed Canyon Road, a half-mile ramble packed with art galleries in historic adobe residences.

One morning we walked over to Canyon Road via E. Palace Avenue, and I kept stopping to admire the beautiful doors and walls of homes that we passed.

We found more charmers in the historic neighborhood just off Canyon Road.

Here’s a sampling of my favorites from that pleasant walk.

Agave, adobe, and Corten steel, a match made in heaven

Canyon Road

At one of the galleries along Canyon Road, I spotted a stunning metal tree with silver-chain foliage.

Acacia is the work of Travis Seeger and Foster Talge — who happen to be Austin-area (Elgin?) artists! This is part of their collaborative Tree Series.

A smaller one is available too. I LOVE it. As it happens, 11 years ago I posted about another metal tree created by Foster Talge, which wowed me on the East Austin Studio Tour.

A different sort of sculpture, based on desert flora, made my heart skip a beat when I saw it. These botanical ceramic totems are the work of my friend Dustin Gimble, a visionary Los Angeles garden designer and artist.

Just wow. Aren’t they great?

I wrote about Dustin’s work last spring, so click for more info and pics.

Other soaring sculptural pieces rise amid tawny grasses on Canyon Road, where bigger seems to be better.

A glowing terracotta wall with arching sprays of pyracantha called out for a photo op too.

The orange berries against the salmon wall is so pretty.

Sunflowers too

And nearby, yellow dahlias with near-black leaves

Back to the art and architecture of Canyon Road, and those blue New Mexico skies

This head sculpture wears a red stripe that echoes a painted window frame.

A Rubenesque nude’s voluptuous curves remind me of the city’s curvy adobe architecture.

Metal origami sheep by Kevin Box touch noses at another gallery.

One of Kevin Box’s classics: a sculptural rendition of the rock-paper-scissors game, with an origami crane for the paper element. I’ve photographed a lot of Box’s charming work over the years, especially since he’s now exhibiting at botanical gardens around the country.

Glowing, white trunks and welcome shade from a grove of aspens

I love the paper-bag texture of this long adobe structure with a seafoam-green picket fence and sunflowers.

Swags of plastic marigolds and felted balls adorn this cobblestone house. A neon corazon light is ready to glow after dark.

Doorway decor

A golden hand door knocker. Don’t you want one now?

A pumpkin-hued adobe wall and rustic gate — gorgeous!

And a newer, more polished version — also good

The classic Santa Fe color scheme

Shadow play and fallen pears

Nedra Matteucci Galleries garden

An expansive sculpture garden at Nedra Matteucci Galleries on Paseo De Peralta was recommended to us, so we headed over when we reached the end of Canyon Road.

The gallery itself has an astonishing collection of art for sale. Outdoors, I was also amazed by the size of the garden, a shady oasis encircling a large koi pond, with many bronze sculptures of animals and human figures.

I immediately recognized some of the animal sculptures, like this drinking baby elephant by Dan Ostermiller, from an over-the-top River Oaks estate in Houston that I toured in 2014.

That River Oaks garden had this upright, prancing elephant too — he was spouting water into a round swimming pool encircled by palm trees. I never thought to encounter him again, but there you go.

And it can be yours for the low, low price of $195,000.

I’d read that Matteucci Galleries has been sold, and the owner will be relocating to a downsized gallery on Canyon Road. The property — which includes the 10,000 square foot gallery plus guest houses (where Val Kilmer, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie O, and President Gerald Ford have stayed, according to a Santa Fe New Mexican article) and the garden — will be turned into condos. I wonder if the garden and pond will survive. I hope so. But change comes to every garden. In fact it’s the only constant.

As we left the gallery and headed back to our Airbnb, I paused to admire pink hollyhocks glowing against buff-pink adobe.

I love these simple cottage flowers. Add a dusky wall and a bright blue sky, and maybe it’s all you need.

I welcome your comments. Please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. And hey, did someone forward this email to you, and you want to subscribe? Click here to get Digging delivered directly to your inbox!

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Digging Deeper

Come learn about garden design from the experts at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added. You can find this year’s speaker lineup here.

All material (C) 2022 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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