Photo of the Week: Evolution of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden opens this weekend in its new home on Camino Lejo on Museum Hill. This is the culmination of years of dreaming, planning and hard work. Visitors can see the outcome of this labor of love this Sunday, July 21st when it officially opens. There’s a members preview Saturday from 9am to 5pm; fear not, if you’re not a member, you can join at the gate. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden began in 1987. In 1993, they established the Lenora Curtin Wetland Preserve in La Cienega, under a joint agreement with El Rancho de las Golondrinas. In 2001 the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve  in Cerrillos was established. Their mission is to “cultivate and conserve the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region”.

A bit of before and after:

We were there for the groundbreaking was on November 4, 2019. This is what the Meadow Garden looked like on that date:

The Meadow Garden Santa Fe Botanical Garden Museum Hill

The Meadow Garden on November 4th 2011, photo/Steve Collins

We were there for a special preview of the almost finished gardens on May 16th of this year.

Candyce Garrett "Emergence" Santa Fe Botanical Garden

The meadow garden with Candyce Garrett’s sculpture “Emergence”, mid-May 2013, photo/Steve Collins

And I was back with my camera earlier this week. It’s a big change.

Candyce Garrett Sculpture "Emergence"

Candyce Garrett’s “Emergence”, mid-July 2013, photo/Steve Collins

The Garden is growing. Come by this week-end and see for yourself. Admission Sunday is free. The event is from 9am to 5pm.

Even the New York Times is excited about this.

 

 

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