First Saturday | Couse-Sharp Historic Site Open House | Heritage Garden Plant & Seed Giveaway
Saturday, October 7, 2017

First Saturday | Couse-Sharp Historic Site Open House | Heritage Garden Plant & Seed Giveaway

146 Kit Carson Road

The Couse Foundation will host its last Open House for the 2017 season on Oct. 7 from 3 to 5 pm at 146 Kit Carson Road. 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, as well as the newly restored Sharp Studio and the exhibition J. H. Sharp Studio: The Life and Work of an American Legend.

At this open house we highlight the "Mother Garden" of Taos by collecting seeds and cuttings during the year and sharing them with community members and visitors. The seed and cuttings giveaway continues a tradition in remembrance of Virginia Walker Couse's original generosity, which helped establish many Taos gardens. A horticultural talk and Q&A with Kathryn Mayer of Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos is planned in the Virginia Couse Heritage Garden beginning at 3:30.

This will be the last month for the exhibition Seldom Seen: Archival Stories in the Luna Chapel, which illustrates the important role archives play in the research and interpretation of the TSA. The exhibition demonstrates how sometimes seemingly insignificant objects and materials have the ability to tell profound stories. It also highlights recently donated or promised archival materials and artwork of the TSA.

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.