On a leisurely drive through Santa Barbara, Ron Midgett glimpsed cymbidium orchids growing in people’s yards. The cluster of star-shaped blooms, the vibrant hues, and the way the petals seemed to collapse into themselves all had Ron hooked.
Four decades later, he has taken his love of orchids far beyond the realms of adoration. He has grown orchids across the United States, bred his own blooms, and assessed hybrid blossoms as an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society. And at New Earth Orchids, he introduces gardeners to dozens of orchid breeds, earning a slew of positive press and love letters from bumblebees. Additionally, he strives to make orchid growing accessible to novice gardeners by providing growing tips, stocking proper supplies, and offering free workshops.
New Mexico Magazine showcases the titular state through monthly issues exploring New Mexico, its people, and its places. With a one-year subscription, readers will get 12 issues of the magazine, published in partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department. Each edition of New Mexico Magazine features lively cultural and community activities for readers to do with their adopted mystery-solving boxcar family on weekend getaways—June's issue, for example, highlights shopping for Navajo art in Gallup and tubing at El Vado and Heron lakes. Popular monthly columns include "My Secret Place," revealing the favorite retreats of some of New Mexico's notable residents and natives, and "King of the Road," highlighting little-known communities throughout the state. Upcoming issues of New Mexico Magazine will spotlight Native Americans, Santa Fe's 400th anniversary, and the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, who did for bleached skulls what Darryl Dawkins did for extravagantly named slam dunks.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
The spoke-tightening gurus at Santa Fe Mountain Sports guarantee safe travels by helping to maintain snow- and terrain-traversing gear with snowboard- and ski-waxing sessions and bicycle tune-ups. Riders can bring home a new snowboard from Atomic, a new two-wheeled steed from Kona or Intense Cycles, or rent outdoor equipment and camp out in the backyard while their home’s crocodile infestation is being taken care of. In addition to transportation devices, a large selection of mountain-scaling apparel and accessories from Roxy, Armada, and Eurosocks equips adventurers for alfresco treks.
Nambé has been a family owned company since 1951. The company uses its own unique metal alloy and a 15-step casting process to produce high-end tabletop, gift and home décor items. Nambé maintains the resultant metal designs have the beauty and luster of silver and the strength of iron, yet will not crack, peel or tarnish.
The Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour, organized by Edible Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico, spotlights chicken coops, produce gardens, and other self-hewn food-raising solutions constructed by six green-thumbed area homeowners. Sondra Goodwin smashed through asphalt, concrete, and astroturf to free up a half-acre space for her garden of unusual varietals, including water spinach, japanese mugwort, and a dancer melon that looks like a greenish Rick Moranis. The hydrophilic Baker family uses water-conserving contraptions to irrigate their densely fertile lot, and the scrupulously maintained fruit trees and vegetable beds of Home Grown New Mexico board member Don Emery enmesh onlookers in an aesthetic maze of landscaping intricacy.