The orchard garden was opened to the public on July 20, 2013. It is located on Museum Hill across the road from the entrance to the museums. It is not part of the New Mexico Museum System, but is operated as a non-profit organization. The majority of the people working in the gardens are volunteers. The focus of the garden is on plants selected for their beauty and adaptation to the Santa Fe environment. Some plants are local and some are not.
The Mission of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden:
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.
My wife and I became docents to the garden in January, 2014. We worked at the garden most Sunday afternoons in 2014 from February through November and on many Monday mornings in 2015. During both years I recorded the schedule of blooming of the various plants. Blooming in the Santa Fe area is usually from the end of February to the end of October with the majority of plants blooming in the spring and summer months.
The second phase of the garden opened on October 22, 2016. This section, "Ojos y Manos" (Eyes and Hands), is a teaching ethnobotanical garden dedicated to growing the plants used by the area's Native Americans and early Hispanic settlers.
The Orchard Garden
The Blooming Schedule Table - (A listing of all of the plants that bloomed during 2014 & 2015)
Blooming Duration Chart - (A listing of when each plant bloomed during 2014)
(The scientific study of the relationship between people and plants)
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