The Garden’s 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 and the sustainable management of our nature preserves and public garden.
It began in 1987 as a vision of a small group of local gardeners, botanists and environmentally oriented citizens to establish a botanical garden in Santa Fe. This garden has become a valuable resource to our area through programs of education and service to the community.
Their vision grew, and in 1993 the Santa Fe Botanical Garden entered into a long-term lease with the trustees of El Rancho de las Golondrinas for the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. This 35-acre site with its spring fed pond and remarkable diversity of plants and wildlife quickly became the focus of much of the organization’s educational programming. Dedicated volunteers spent countless hours removing exotic and invasive plants, restoring the habitat through revegetation and ensuring that the pond remain a healthy environment for riparian plants, birds and invertebrates.
The 1,350-acre Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve was acquired by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in 2001 (a condition in the settlement agreement requiring cessation of mining activities). Since assuming stewardship, volunteers have worked to make the Preserve accessible to visitors through the addition of a network of trails and a visitors’ kiosk. Although the County of Santa Fe purchased the land in 2007, Santa Fe Botanical Garden continues to manage and provide programming for the Preserve.
In December 2006 eleven acres of land were acquired on a long-term lease from the City of Santa Fe for the development of a botanical garden at Museum Hill. Nationally recognized landscape architect W. Gary Smith was hired to create a master plan for the new garden. Following an intensive review process, the master plan was approved by the City of Santa Fe in 2011.
Letter from Clayton Bass, CEO
Dear Members and Friends,
As we shift our focus to November and December, there are exciting activities coming up in the Botanical Garden, and a chance for exotic travel abroad.
The Garden will launch GLOW, a holiday light celebration beginning on December 5 and continuing on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through January 4. This inspiring event promises to be a new Santa Fe holiday tradition that you will want to share with your family and friends. This year designer Lisa Samuel will create a splendid display that will re-imagine the Garden in ways that will amaze and delight audiences of all ages. Throughout the five weeks changing programs will present different community groups and performers that will add to the lively celebration of light. Plan to join us for the holiday magic!
And if you dream of a journey combining the best of British Trust Gardens and world-class opera, the Botanical Garden can make the dream come true. In June 2014, the Garden will launch its new travel program for a fortunate twenty-four individuals, featuring lectures by Dr. Michael Pulman and Dr. Mary Kime, our resident garden and opera experts. This trip is for the passionate traveler who values a deep, transformational experience filled with fun!
Thanks for your ongoing support and commitment to the Garden!
October 29, 2013
We hope you find our newly designed website to be easy to navigate, filled with useful information, and an extension of friendship to gardeners everywhere.
We especially love getting feedback from across the globe with questions about plants that are featured in our Plant Database.
Please enjoy the photo images of our spectacular New Mexican landscapes captured at our nature preserves.