Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden The Santa Fe Botanical Garden features two sites on more than 55 acres: The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in La Cienega.
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Both sites are open to the public and offer events and education programs for all ages. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is an educational resource that connects people with nature and fosters respect and enjoyment of plants and conservation. Through exploration of our two sites, fun and innovative programs, volunteerism, and education, we provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be inspired by and learn from nature.

Mission: The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region. In partnership with nature, we demonstrate our commitment through education, community service, presentation of the arts, and the sustainable management of our nature preserve and public garden. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden has two locations - a Botanical Garden at Museum Hill in Santa Fe, and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in La Cienega.

Operating as usual

Basil -- the epitome of a warm weather flavor. The best part -- eat it raw or cooked in sweet or savory applications. Ju...
08/08/2020

Basil -- the epitome of a warm weather flavor. The best part -- eat it raw or cooked in sweet or savory applications.

Just in case you missed our big news, the Garden is open to the public! Our new hours are Thursday-Monday 9am-noon and 2-5pm. Everyone must have a reservation to attend. Member reservations are free. https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/reserve-tickets/

Photo: Basil by Cristina Salvador.

We are SO EXCITED!! We've been approved to reopen on Saturday, August 8! All tickets must be reserved in advance. Reserv...
08/05/2020

We are SO EXCITED!! We've been approved to reopen on Saturday, August 8! All tickets must be reserved in advance.

Reserve them now: https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/reserve-tickets/

Thank you to everyone who worked to get the classification of our site reworked - from board members to staff to members who called and wrote letters of support! We could not have done it without you.

Image: SWEET DRIFT roses by Cristina Salvador

#reopening #santafebotanicalgarden #covidclosure #santafenonprofits #stateofnewmexico #thankful

Nothing quite like the clear air after a monsoon! As an added bonus, the cloud reflection brings the calm to an extra le...
07/31/2020

Nothing quite like the clear air after a monsoon! As an added bonus, the cloud reflection brings the calm to an extra level.

Photo: Santa Fe Botanical Garden by Cristina Salvador.

Keep on spreading your joy,  'Magnus Superior' coneflower. The world needs flowers like you!They grow in dry to medium m...
07/30/2020

Keep on spreading your joy, 'Magnus Superior' coneflower. The world needs flowers like you!

They grow in dry to medium moisture and deheading isn't necessary for rebloom (but may improve their appearance).

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-828.aspx

Photo: Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus Superior' ('Magnus Superior' coneflower) by Cristina Salvador.

Join the third cohort of the Northern New Mexico Master Naturalist Program!This course combines virtual lectures and dis...
07/27/2020

Join the third cohort of the Northern New Mexico Master Naturalist Program!

This course combines virtual lectures and discussions with self-guided field experiences that will equip participants with the foundational knowledge and skills to better understand and care for their local environment.

This combo is fit for any runway! When you see it in fashion magazines, remember you saw it here first.The contrast of c...
07/24/2020

This combo is fit for any runway! When you see it in fashion magazines, remember you saw it here first.

The contrast of color, shape, texture and style would make any fashionista swoon.

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/

Photo: yellow flower Eriogonum jamesii (antelope sage) and purple flower Phlox nana (Santa Fe phlox) by Cristina Salvador.

Look at these stunners! Their leaves are as beautiful as their flowers and smells just as good.Mojave sage is native to ...
07/23/2020

Look at these stunners! Their leaves are as beautiful as their flowers and smells just as good.

Mojave sage is native to the desert mountains of Arizona, Nevada and California. It grow between 5,000-10,000 feet in elevations. It grows best in dry shade.

For more info, go to our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-630.aspx

Photo: Salvia pachyphylla (Mojave sage) by Cristina Salvador.

For all of you knights in shining armor, remember these guys when giving flowers to your lady. They bring interest to an...
07/22/2020

For all of you knights in shining armor, remember these guys when giving flowers to your lady. They bring interest to any bouquet in texture and bold color.

When growing 'Dark Knight' blue mist spirea they can be grown in the ground or in a container and only occasional watering is needed once they're established.

For more info, go to our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-308.aspx

Photo: Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Dark Knight' ('Dark Knight' blue mist spirea) by Cristina Salvador.

Everyone in Whoville would welcome these alluring purple prairie clover. These beauties will put a smile on your face (u...
07/21/2020

Everyone in Whoville would welcome these alluring purple prairie clover. These beauties will put a smile on your face (uhuh -- bet they just did!).

They're native to New Mexico and can found in much of North America with the exception of the east and west coasts. Their native lands receive between 11-53 inches annually. What a range of moisture!

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-359.aspx

Photo: Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover) by Janice Tucker (single flower), Cristina Salvador (side view) and Norman Marks (aerial view).

Y'all! Look how green and lush this grass is!We planted it in the Goede Orchard Garden last summer and it's grown in qui...
07/20/2020

Y'all! Look how green and lush this grass is!

We planted it in the Goede Orchard Garden last summer and it's grown in quite nicely.

This grass was developed to green up earlier in the spring and hold its color longer in fall than other varieties. It's best grown in regions that receive 10-30 inches of rain per year. Mature plants stay green with only 2 inches of water per month.

For more info, go to our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-1281.aspx

Photo: Bouteloua dactyloides 'NE86-61' LEGACY® (LEGACY® buffalo grass) by Cristina Salvador.

Sometimes a flower must be sacrificed in the name of learning! This penstemon was cut so we could get a better peek insi...
07/17/2020

Sometimes a flower must be sacrificed in the name of learning! This penstemon was cut so we could get a better peek inside.

Penstemons have five stamens, which are the male reproductive parts of a flower. Four of them are fertile, which produce pollen, and one is sterile which is called a steminode. The pollen is contained anthers (brown structures in the photo) at the ends of filaments (long, thin white tubes).

Depending on the species, the stamenoid may have yellow hairs, giving rise to the common name ‘beardtongue’. The flower also has a pistil (white tube visible in the top of the flower) that is attached to the ovary.

The pistil usually matures later than the stamens so the flower is not self-fertile and must be pollinated by insects or birds. We’ll find out what pollinators are attracted to which flowers tomorrow.

For more info on penstemons, go to our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/tour.aspx

Photo: Penstemon × mexicali ‘P008S’ RED ROCKS® (RED ROCKS® penstemon) by Donita Frazer.

One of the most important function of flowers to attract pollinators! Nectar is an enticement for a pollinators to visit...
07/16/2020

One of the most important function of flowers to attract pollinators! Nectar is an enticement for a pollinators to visit a flower.

Penstemons produce nectar deep within the flower. Some penstemons have nectar guidelines on the floor of the flower that lead potential insect pollinators to the nectaries.

When they prove for nectar, they are more like to contact the pollen contained in the anthers at the ends of the stamens or to transfer pollen on their bodies to the pistil (female part of the flower).

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-804.aspx

Photo: Penstemon × mexicali 'P008S' RED ROCKS® (RED ROCKS® penstemon) by Cristina Salvador.

Penstemons are easy to grow in New Mexico and are one of our most attractive flowering plants! We have at least 46 nativ...
07/15/2020

Penstemons are easy to grow in New Mexico and are one of our most attractive flowering plants! We have at least 46 native species and month other species and hybrids that grow well.

They tolerate hot, dry, windy conditions and poor soil – often self-seeding in sandy or rocky paths instead of the perennial beds where we plant them.

Their only shortcoming is that many penstemons die after a spectacular display of flowers. To prolong their lives, avoid planting them in overly nutritious soil and overwatering, especially in winter. Cutting back seedheads after flowering also helps. Or just enjoy their glorious blooms and know they will likely reappear someplace in your garden.

For more info on penstemons, go to our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/tour.aspx

Photo: Penstemon abietinus (firleaf penstemon) by Cristina Salvador.

There are at least 280 species of penstemons, all native to North America! These guys are such incredible bundles of joy...
07/14/2020

There are at least 280 species of penstemons, all native to North America! These guys are such incredible bundles of joy that we’ll take the next four days (plus today) to give you a little insight into their world.

Botanically speaking, penstemon is a relatively young genus, it originated 3.62 million years ago! In the interglacial periods, the ice and snow melted, mountains warmed, tundras became drier, and penstemons dispersed into those regions.

Plants survived because they adapted to the ecological conditions of their new homes – the conditions of the soil, sand or rocks, and extremes of sun, temperature and moisture. Perhaps most important, they adapted to specific insect and bird pollinators (more on pollinators later this week!).

The majority of penstemons evolved in ecological niches in the western part of the continent, so most groups were separated from other groups by canyons and mountains and cross-pollination did not occur.

For more info on penstemons in our Garden, visit Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/tour.aspx

Photo: Penstemon × mexicali 'P007S' PIKE'S PEAK PURPLE® (PIKES PEAK PURPLE® penstemon) by Cristina Salvador.

Join our LIVE STREAM Herbal Vinegars: Creative Dressings to Potent Medicine class on Thursday at 10 am. Learn to make he...
07/13/2020

Join our LIVE STREAM Herbal Vinegars: Creative Dressings to Potent Medicine class on Thursday at 10 am. Learn to make herbal vinegars and hear about the benefits of using vinegar to extract medicinal qualities of common garden herbs and locally growing wild herbs.

You must register in advance to receive the Zoom link. https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/herbal-vinegars-creative-dressings-to-potent-medicine-2020/

Photo: Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' ('Munstead' English lavender) by Cristina Salvador is a favorite for culinary use.

These bright guys are like a piece of the sun fell unto the earth.Fendler's sundrops are palatable to cattle, but are re...
07/10/2020

These bright guys are like a piece of the sun fell unto the earth.

Fendler's sundrops are palatable to cattle, but are relatively intolerant of grazing and are absent from heavily grazed lands. They are commercially available for planting.

For more info on native plants that bloom in July (spoiler there are 121 species!), visit our Garden Explorer Database and choose "Showing in JULY at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve". https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/tour.aspx

Photo: Oenothera hartwegii subsp. fendleri (Fendler's sundrops) by
Bob Sivinski (two blooms) and Janice Tucker (one open bloom).

What a beauty she is! POWWOW WILD BERRY purple coneflower blooms the first year from early summer until fall without dea...
07/09/2020

What a beauty she is!

POWWOW WILD BERRY purple coneflower blooms the first year from early summer until fall without deadheading and self-seeds. It can grow in almost any condition but blooms best when grown in full sun.

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-729.aspx

Photo: Echinacea purpurea 'Pas702917' POWWOW WILD BERRY (POWWOW WILD BERRY purple coneflower) by Cristina Salvador.

If New Mexico was a flower color, this blue plumbago might be it. It's blue, it's bold, and it's beautiful. It's a good ...
07/06/2020

If New Mexico was a flower color, this blue plumbago might be it. It's blue, it's bold, and it's beautiful.

It's a good plant for inter-planting with spring bulbs because foliage emerges late in spring as the bulb foliage is dying back. It spreads by rhizomes to form a groundcover, but be careful because it won't tolerate foot traffic.

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-313.aspx

Photo: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (blue plumbago) by Cristina Salvador.

Look at this sassy beauty!This pincushion flower is exotic in New Mexico and has limited heat tolerance. Plant this one ...
07/03/2020

Look at this sassy beauty!

This pincushion flower is exotic in New Mexico and has limited heat tolerance. Plant this one in the shade and deadhead to keep the sass coming!

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-832.aspx

Photo: Scabiosa caucasica (pincushion flower) by Cristina Salvador.

We just have to say, THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who gave during our spring appeal and to our most recent challenge...
07/02/2020

We just have to say, THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who gave during our spring appeal and to our most recent challenge match! We have met the goal and are overwhelmed with gratitude. 🌼🌞🌻

While we still have a long road ahead of us this year, we are determined to move forward!

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Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo
07/02/2020

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo

07/02/2020

WAYiN is a brand new series that combines Writing, Art, Yoga and Nature! This 4-week series begins July 7 and offers an opportunity for us to explore various mindfulness techniques.

Register today!
https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/wayin_series_july2020/

#wayin #santafebotanicalgarden #mindfulness #yoga #artclasses #writing #santafeart

In sad news, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden announced today that, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the or...
06/30/2020

In sad news, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden announced today that, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the organization’s finances, it has eliminated the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as reduced the working hours of its remaining staff.

To read the full release and a letter from President & CEO Clayton Bass, follow this link: https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/covid-update-june-30-2020/

The Garden staff is dedicated to keeping the Garden going. Today is the final day of our Spring Fundraiser! Donate before midnight and have your gift matched dollar for dollar. Every dollar counts.

Give here: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

#santafebotanicalgarden #santafenonprofits #covidclosures #covidfundraisers

Look at this stylin' beauty! It's happiness is contagious! It's a great choice to cut and cheer up any room.  'Burgundy'...
06/29/2020

Look at this stylin' beauty! It's happiness is contagious! It's a great choice to cut and cheer up any room.

'Burgundy' blanket flower is an easily grown perennial that self-sows. It likes full sun and only an occasional deep watering once it's established.

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-410.aspx

Photo: Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Burgundy' ('Burgundy' blanket flower) by Cristina Salvador.

Garden Musing No 12!!!!How can we bring a broader social awareness to our nature spaces, and in what ways does this proc...
06/25/2020

Garden Musing No 12!!!!

How can we bring a broader social awareness to our nature spaces, and in what ways does this process of social interaction make seemingly invisible nature more visible?

For this musing search out some plants that may go unnoticed on an ordinary day. Use some sidewalk chalk, or create a sign that draws attention to these overlooked bits of nature. Maybe it’s a plant growing through the cracks in your sidewalk, wall, or road, or a tree that you walk under everyday.

Take the week to observe changes in the way people interact with your public art and the nature that it highlights. #morethanweeds #santafebotanicalgarden #gardenmusings

These sweet little butter-colored flowers are native to New Mexico. They grow at elevations from 5,000-8,000 feet on pla...
06/24/2020

These sweet little butter-colored flowers are native to New Mexico. They grow at elevations from 5,000-8,000 feet on plains, mesas, foothills, and in pine and spruce woodlands.

For more info, visit our Garden Explorer Database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-394.aspx

Photo: Eriogonum jamesii (antelope sage) by Cristina Salvador.

SO CLOSE!! We are just $1,461 away from reaching $100,000, which will unlock our $25,000 matching grant to meet our goal...
06/23/2020

SO CLOSE!! We are just $1,461 away from reaching $100,000, which will unlock our $25,000 matching grant to meet our goal!

Thank you to all who have given so far! Your gifts have meant so much to us during this difficult time.

To contribute: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

#santafebotanicalgarden #supportnonprofits #santafenonprofits #covidfundraiser #covidclosure #supportlocalbusiness

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo
06/23/2020

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo

Mexican Hat might not be as bright as other flowers, but it brings incredible interest to the garden through its shape a...
06/22/2020

Mexican Hat might not be as bright as other flowers, but it brings incredible interest to the garden through its shape and texture.

It's fast growing and easily grown from seeds. This prairie cone flower grows in clumps and is aggressive so make sure you keep an eye on it!

For more info, go to our Garden Explorer database.
https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-601.aspx

Photo: Ratibida columnifera (prairie cone flower) (Mexican Hat) by Cristina Salvador.

This view never gets old! Photo: Rose and Lavender Walk by Cristina Salvador.
06/21/2020

This view never gets old!

Photo: Rose and Lavender Walk by Cristina Salvador.

06/19/2020

Up, up, up grows the Havard's century plant! We are just $9,000 away from meeting our challenge match of $25,000!

You can help us grow as tall as the Agave havardiana - donate today and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Give now:
https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

#santafebotanicalgarden #centuryplantblooms #challengematch #covidfundraisers #santafenonprofits #supportnonprofits #agavehavardiana

Honeysuckle is another great option for creating "cool shade" (see our post on May 31). We have Lonicera japonica 'Halli...
06/18/2020

Honeysuckle is another great option for creating "cool shade" (see our post on May 31).

We have Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' ('Halliana' Japanese honeysuckle) growing on the fence near our entrance gates. It is cool and has a sweet fragrance towards the latter part of spring.

The best part about having a vine on the fence as a source of evening shade is the shade increases as the sun lowers in the sky but there's no need to "chase" it as the shadows elongate.

For more info, go to our Garden Explorer database. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-482.aspx

Photo: Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' ('Halliana' Japanese honeysuckle) by Cristina Salvador.

Muse No. 11! Visual Interaction: How do the elements (sun, rain, wind) interact with and change the world around us? Fin...
06/16/2020

Muse No. 11!

Visual Interaction: How do the elements (sun, rain, wind) interact with and change the world around us?

Find a collection of natural objects and make a sculpture that integrates with your outdoor surroundings. Need some inspiration?

Take a look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Check in on your creation every day, and document how it changes, what's driving the change?

Post and share your musings with us, #santafebotanicalgarden, #gardenmusings

06/15/2020

We have a MATCH! We are just $50,000 away from reaching our goal of $125,000 and a group of generous donors has awarded us a $25,000 matching gift to help us close the gap. Now through June 30, your gifts will be matched dollar for dollar!

Donate now: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

#santafebotanicalgarden #matchinggrant #covidfundraisers #santafenonprofits

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715 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
87505

Opening Hours

Monday 14:00 - 17:00
Monday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 14:00 - 17:00
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Friday 14:00 - 17:00
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The Santa Fe Botanical Garden features two sites on more than 55 acres: The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in La Cienega. Both sites are open to the public and offer events and education programs for all ages. It is a learning landscape of traditional and native plants, sustainable land- and water-use practices, and an outdoor showcase for presenting music, sculpture and theatrical performances.

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A friend just recently visited the Botanical Garden and fell in love with a verdant green Oak Tree that you have. What Oak is it? I thought it might be a Bur Oak.
Hola Amigos, Rogelio y Yo, we see beauty. Have not been in Santa Fe for some years. Hope to connect w/you if possible. Our current Santa Fe journey will be only a few days with sister who must return for Meds in Sacramento, after travelling north for a week. hoping to be in area Sept 18th. Santa Fe New Mexico. When will you be in the area? Will keep posted. ### Rogelio y Barbara
It's a wonderful place to come and enjoy plants and mountain views
Any changes to tonight's performance pland6due to weather?
Don't forget this FREE cooking demo TONIGHT at 6PM https://www.facebook.com/events/352102932322884/ “It is rare that a single choice of ours can have a broad and decisive impact on the climate crisis. We have a moral imperative to choose and advocate for plant-based diets for the health of our planet and the well-being and survival of generations to come.” ~ George C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D. is an integrative medicine physician, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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"The only way to have a truly sustainable diet is to eat more plant-based foods and less meat and dairy. All this new research shows that we don’t have a choice — there simply isn’t the land to feed the U.S. or the world any other way." Center for Biological Diversity “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use... It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car." Joseph Poore, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology and the School of Geography and Environment "A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy "As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?" “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund "However they are achieved, plant-based diets are a compelling win-win for society... Few climate solutions of this magnitude lie in the hands of individuals or are as close as the dinner plate." ~ Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist
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“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research. “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.