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High Altitude Garden Tour - Fall

Come cool off in the mountains at the second high-altitude garden tour featured this year at Penn and Cord Parmenter’s ranch in the beautiful Wet Mountains.


This is the “Vegetable Walk of Fame” – a tour designed specifically to see the gardens bursting with late summer harvest. See corn in succession, pumpkins on the vine, cool weather veggies, herbs, flowers and lots and lots of tomatoes. There will be seed saving in progress, which is sure to inspire some taste-testing as well and even a visit to Cord’s blacksmith shop.


Seeing is believing, and once you’ve seen Penn and Cord's mountain gardens loaded with food, you will want to go right home and start growing vegetables!


Penn’s Forest Garden is in the trees on a decomposed granite mountain and has a collection of over 45 raised beds – built with dry-stack rock or wood.


Cord’s Bio-Intensive Garden is in the open and down the mountain in the rich bottomland soil, featuring 28 large bio-intensive beds, a fleet of covers and a few well-placed hail guards.


This walking, talking, educational tour includes demonstrations, examples and two totally sustainable passive solar greenhouses. The setting is gorgeous; bring your camera, a sack lunch, water, the usual stuff …


$25 members, $30 non-members


Tour Location:

12746 CR 255

Westcliffe, CO 81252

North of Westcliffe

South Central Colorado

Wet Mountains

Participants meet at the tour site ready to start at 12 p.m.


Come prepared for 8,140 ft. in the ‘fall’. See you on the mountain!


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