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. Both sites are open to the public and offer events and education programs for all ages.
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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.

Our Plant Collections staff just published quite the treat for you!They created a virtual penstemon tour on our plant da...
05/16/2020

Our Plant Collections staff just published quite the treat for you!

They created a virtual penstemon tour on our plant data base. It features 8 different penstemons at the moment, but more will be added.

To see it, go to https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/tour.aspx and choose "Diversity of Penstemon Collections at Santa Fe Botanical Gardens".

Photos: Penstemons by Cristina Salvador.

Moving on to Muse No. 7!Spring is in full force! Help us celebrate the citizen science volunteers who monitor phenology ...
05/15/2020

Moving on to Muse No. 7!

Spring is in full force! Help us celebrate the citizen science volunteers who monitor phenology with SFBG. Monitoring seasonal change is the perfect way to fuse your garden observation practice with data collection.

What to do: find signs of seasonal change in your garden. Make a notation of the location, date, and the conditions of the day.

Take photos of 3 spring phenophases (observable stages in the lifecycle of your plant). Do you see breaking leaf buds, leaves increasing in size, flower buds, open flowers?

For more info, go to https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/category/education/mindfulness/

Photo: Young leaves of a Quercus gambelii (Gambel oak) by Cristina Salvador. These trees are native to New Mexico.

Echinocereus coccineus (clarret cup cactus) love growing on rocky slopes and cliffs. They also like to hang out in parti...
05/14/2020

Echinocereus coccineus (clarret cup cactus) love growing on rocky slopes and cliffs. They also like to hang out in partial shady areas obscured by twigs or tall grass and become visible during the spring when they bloom.

Visit our plant database for more info! https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-370.aspx

Photo: Echinocereus coccineus (clarret cup cactus) by Cristina Salvador.

We are sad to report that the 2020 production of Shakespeare in the Garden is canceled due to COVID-19. “As You Like It”...
05/13/2020

We are sad to report that the 2020 production of Shakespeare in the Garden is canceled due to COVID-19. “As You Like It” will be performed in 2021!

#covidcancellations #summerinsantafe #shakespeareinthegarden #santafebotabicalgarden #experiencesantafe

Moving on to Muse No. 6!“Between me and not-me there is surely a line, a clear distinction, or so it seems. But, now tha...
05/12/2020

Moving on to Muse No. 6!

“Between me and not-me there is surely a line, a clear distinction, or so it seems. But, now that I look, where is that line?” Excerpt from Donella Matthews' poem "Lines in the Mind, Not in the World".

Take 5/10/15 minutes and write (about the lines that you see, the lines that your feel …). Share your thoughts with us #gardenmusings

https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/category/education/mindfulness/

Look at these paper white cherry blossoms against the green leaves and blue sky. If you look closely at the edge of the ...
05/11/2020

Look at these paper white cherry blossoms against the green leaves and blue sky.

If you look closely at the edge of the leaves, you'll notice the edges are jagged. This specific type of unevenness is called serrate.

Photo: Prunus cerasus 'Surefire' ('Surefire' cherry tree) by Cristina Salvador.

Every Mother should see beautiful flowers on her day. These mat penstemons definitely make the cut.Thank you to moms of ...
05/10/2020

Every Mother should see beautiful flowers on her day. These mat penstemons definitely make the cut.

Thank you to moms of all types for nurturing the next generation. Happy Mother's Day!

https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-781.aspx

Photo: Penstemon caespitosus (mat penstemon) by Cristina Salvador.

Muse #5 oh yea!!Look back to your collection of lines (see Muse #4) or make a new collection! Quickly sketch different l...
05/09/2020

Muse #5 oh yea!!

Look back to your collection of lines (see Muse #4) or make a new collection!

Quickly sketch different lines if you have not already. Sort your collection into groups based on your line's similarities and differences.

What groupings do you see? (human made, nature made, long, short, wiggly, straight, etc...) Choose a group of lines and make a design.

Share your drawing with us #gardenmusings

If you missed a Muse or what more details, go to our website. https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/category/education/mindfulness/

05/09/2020

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Need a little pizzazz for your Zoom meeting? Download a virtual background of an image from one of our two stunning site...
05/08/2020

Need a little pizzazz for your Zoom meeting?

Download a virtual background of an image from one of our two stunning sites and show off just how beautiful our state can be!

https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/download-virtual-background/

PS The photos also work as a desktop wallpaper.

Photo: Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo
05/08/2020

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo

Western sand cherries like to keep us on our toes! They show us delicate white flowers in the spring, display green foli...
05/07/2020

Western sand cherries like to keep us on our toes! They show us delicate white flowers in the spring, display green foliage and berries during the summer, and go out with a bang in dazzling fall color.

For more info, go to our plant data base! https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-588.aspx

Photo: Prunus pumila var. besseyi (western sand cherry) by Cristina Salvador.

Garden Musing #4!!!The next three musings will be about lines.In your outdoor space, create a collection of lines throug...
05/06/2020

Garden Musing #4!!!

The next three musings will be about lines.

In your outdoor space, create a collection of lines through drawings or photos.

Are your lines short, wiggly, or straight? Are there edges, borders, or interior space?

Share your musings #gardenmusings.

Signup for musings so you don't miss one! https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/the-garden-musings-project-muse-no-4/

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is more than just a public garden. We strive to show locals and visitors alike how sustain...
05/05/2020

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is more than just a public garden.

We strive to show locals and visitors alike how sustainable gardening practices can create diverse landscapes and preserve the biodiversity of our region.

Thank you to everyone who has given to our Spring Fundraising Campaign so far! To date, we've raised more than $53,000 of our $125,000 goal.

These funds will help us survive this pandemic and re-open successfully once restrictions lift. Donate now: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

Photos: Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve by Janice Tucker.

#covidfundraiser #santafenonprofits #santafebotanicalgarden #supportlocalbusiness #sustainablegardening #biodiversity

There is nothing quite like a red bud tree in bloom! In their native areas, their petals are a happy splash of color amo...
05/04/2020

There is nothing quite like a red bud tree in bloom!

In their native areas, their petals are a happy splash of color among other trees that are still in dormancy in open woodlands.

Photo: Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma' ('Oklahoma' Texas redbud) by Cristina Salvador.

Allium schoenoprasum (chives) are as pretty as they are tasty! For a spring treat, you can add them to a charred spring ...
05/03/2020

Allium schoenoprasum (chives) are as pretty as they are tasty!

For a spring treat, you can add them to a charred spring salad.

Toss chives, halved (lengthwise) radishes and asparagus with a high heat oil (such as avocado oil), salt and pepper. Char the vegetables.

Top the vegetables with a creamy chive dressing (2/3 c Greek yogurt, 2 T chopped chives, 1/3 c Parmigiano-Reggiano, 1/2 t of coarse black pepper, zest of 1 lemon, 2 t lemon juice, and salt to taste -- mix those ingredients and add buttermilk to desired consistency).

Photo: Allium schoenoprasum (chives) by Cristina Salvador.

05/02/2020

“I love this time of year in the Garden: when the fruit trees have all but finished blooming, and the trees begin to leaf out. It’s one last time to appreciate all of the shades of green before the Garden bursts with color.” - Lindsay Taylor, Director of Institutional Advancement

#santafebotanicalgarden #springinsantafe #covidclosures #wemissyou

Here's some Friday magic for you! Let's take three moments (because one isn't enough) to swoon over these crabapple blos...
05/01/2020

Here's some Friday magic for you! Let's take three moments (because one isn't enough) to swoon over these crabapple blossoms.

This variety was bred for ornamental appeal and has a longer blooming season that other flowering trees.

For more information, find it in our plant data base. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-491.aspx

Photo: Malus × 'Indian Magic' ('Indian Magic' crabapple) by Cristina Salvador.

Garden Musing time! This new project blends mindfulness and the outdoors. Muse No. 3: Collect several (more than 3) obje...
04/29/2020

Garden Musing time! This new project blends mindfulness and the outdoors.

Muse No. 3: Collect several (more than 3) objects that are close to the same color. Arrange them and take a photo, or do a quick sketch of the objects.

Sign up for Garden Musings (it's free) so you don't miss one! https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/garden-musings-project/

Share your musings with #gardenmusings!

Our Living Collections Manager, Cristina Salvador took a much needed afternoon exercise/nature break. She rode a quick 1...
04/27/2020

Our Living Collections Manager, Cristina Salvador took a much needed afternoon exercise/nature break. She rode a quick 15 minutes uphill (ooof!) to the trail, then explored the plants, rocks, views along the path and hiked a little down Arroyo de Los Pinos. It was a lovely way to "bike to work".

This Cercocarpus ledifolius (curl-leaf mahogany) has the ability to outlive us and the next 43 generations. Some of the ...
04/26/2020

This Cercocarpus ledifolius (curl-leaf mahogany) has the ability to outlive us and the next 43 generations. Some of the shrubs in Nevada are estimated at more than 1,300 years old!

This guy thrives in dry-well-drained, nutrient-poor soils, including limestone soils. It is a good dwarf evergreen tree for either sun or part shade.

Visit our plant data base for more details. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-754.aspx

Photo: Cercocarpus ledifolius by Cristina Salvador.

We love the magenta outline on this apple tree's blossom! Sometimes it's the small things that bring the most excitement...
04/25/2020

We love the magenta outline on this apple tree's blossom! Sometimes it's the small things that bring the most excitement.

Put a photo in the comments of something you noticed recently that is often overlooked.

Visit our plant database for more info on this tree. https://santafebotanicalgarden.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-489.aspx

Photo: Malus domestica GINGER GOLD® by Cristina Salvador.

It's time for your next Garden Musing! This new project blends mindfulness and the outdoors. Muse No. 2: Find a space wh...
04/24/2020

It's time for your next Garden Musing! This new project blends mindfulness and the outdoors.

Muse No. 2: Find a space where you like to sit (outside or with an outside view). Make some notes ( eg. a list, descriptions, etc) on the range of colors in your view. What color feels the most dominant? Is there a poem emerging from your notes and lists?

Sign up for Garden Musings (it's free) so you don't miss one! https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/garden-musings-project/

Share your musings with #gardenmusings!

Photo Credit: Kate LaRose

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our $20,000 challenge match! Because of you, we succeeded in meeting this chall...
04/23/2020

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our $20,000 challenge match! Because of you, we succeeded in meeting this challenge - on Earth Day no less!

We still have a long way to go until we reach our overall fundraising goal of $125,000 but we are getting closer! You can contribute here: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

Photo: Pyrus communis 'Harrow Delight' by Cristina Salvador. This pear tree's blossoms are shining against the Santa Fe sky. Most of these pear trees produce heavily every other year; thinning improves annual bearing.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo
04/23/2020

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo

In honor of Earth Day, we're launching a new project called Garden Musings! Inspired by Lorene Edwards Forkner, a Seattl...
04/22/2020

In honor of Earth Day, we're launching a new project called Garden Musings! Inspired by Lorene Edwards Forkner, a Seattle Based garden writer and artist, and her practice "Seeing Color in the Garden," we’re kicking off with Muse No. 1:

Look for an object in the garden – a small set of leaves (new or dried from last year), a bud and bloom, a stone, etc. Settle in with it, observe and try to draw out 9 colors from the object. If you have them, use watercolors or pencils to mix the 9 color palette. If you don’t have paints, think about photographs, words, or other ways to articulate what you see. Feel free to take a photo and share with #gardenmusings!

Sign up for project emails here: https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/garden-musings-project/

#gardens #seeingcolorinthegarden #gardnercook #santafeartscomission #cultureconnectssantafe #santafebotanicalgarden #experiencesantafe #earthday2020

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Several staff have come together to share how we can celebrate the 50th Earth Day from home -...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Several staff have come together to share how we can celebrate the 50th Earth Day from home - from a new mindfulness project called Garden Musings, to a scavenger hunt for kiddos and to visiting an online art exhibition on trees.

Read the blog post here: https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/earth-day/

Photo: Prunus persica 'China Pearl' by Joy Mandelbaum. This peach tree is self-fertile and doesn't require a pollinator. Peaches have a high nutrient requirement and needs more nitrogen than most fruit trees.

#earthday2020 #santafebotanicalgarden #earthdayfromhome

MATCH UPDATE: We are just $6,000 away from meeting our $20,000 match. WOW! You all have blown us away with your generosi...
04/20/2020

MATCH UPDATE: We are just $6,000 away from meeting our $20,000 match. WOW! You all have blown us away with your generosity. Thank you!

Follow the link in the post below to give and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!

We have a match! A group of generous donors have challenged us to raise $20,000 by May 15, and they will match your gift dollar for dollar.

Our revenue streams have been severely impacted by the closures and cancellations due to COVID-19. We need your help to keep our plants healthy and our community programs running.

And now, your donation will be matched! Give here: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

Image: 'Summercrisp' pear blossoms emerging after this week's snowstorm.

#santafebotanicalgarden #summercrisppear #santafenonprofits #covidfundraiser #matchinggift #challengematch

We have a match! A group of generous donors have challenged us to raise $20,000 by May 15, and they will match your gift...
04/17/2020

We have a match! A group of generous donors have challenged us to raise $20,000 by May 15, and they will match your gift dollar for dollar.

Our revenue streams have been severely impacted by the closures and cancellations due to COVID-19. We need your help to keep our plants healthy and our community programs running.

And now, your donation will be matched! Give here: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

Image: 'Summercrisp' pear blossoms emerging after this week's snowstorm.

#santafebotanicalgarden #summercrisppear #santafenonprofits #covidfundraiser #matchinggift #challengematch

Another 200 science activity kits created by our Garden Sprouts teacher Ms. Lydia will be available at SFPS' food pick u...
04/15/2020

Another 200 science activity kits created by our Garden Sprouts teacher Ms. Lydia will be available at SFPS' food pick up stations this week!

You can support this program by donating to our Spring Appeal here: https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Donation-General-Operations

#santafebotanicalgarden #teacherheroes #santafenonprofits #springappeal #covidfundraiser

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo
04/15/2020

Santa Fe Botanical Garden's cover photo

04/15/2020
Girls Inc. of Santa Fe - How To Make A Phenology Clock!

Our friend Nina over at Girls Inc. of Santa Fe created a great video for the young at heart instructing how to create a Phenology Clock! A great activity - thanks, Nina! (PS: we

Nina shows you how to make a Phenology Clock!

These beautiful 'Jack Snipe' daffodils survived the wintery weather yesterday! Photo by Scott Canning, Director of Horti...
04/14/2020

These beautiful 'Jack Snipe' daffodils survived the wintery weather yesterday!

Photo by Scott Canning, Director of Horticulture

#experiencesantafe #springsnow #springgardens #ourgardensyourhome #santafebotanicalgarden #daffodils

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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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“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.