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“A work in progress, but worth the visit” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Museum Hill, 715 Camino Lejo - off Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Ranked #40 of 108 attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Gardens
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Owner description: The Santa Fe Botanical Garden strives to benefit all Santa Fe and New Mexico citizens, and our area’s many visitors. The Botanical Garden is an independent nonprofit, not a part of the four Santa Fe state museums, with a commitment to affordable admission and providing monthly Community Days free for New Mexico residents. Our educational mission raises awareness of critical issues such as water conservation, climate change impact, and responsible gardening practices. There are 3 sites, the Botanical Garden on Museum Hill, the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and the Ortiz Mountains Preserve. The Gardens provides an “outdoor living room” where everyone can connect with nature, marvel at amazing plant varieties, and benefit from a place for contemplation. Visitors to Museum Hill can relax under shading ramadas, discover a century-old red bridge, and explore the Art Trail, where changing exhibitions of sculpture will encourage return visits. With an array of native and traditional plants, awe-inspiring stone and metal work, and breathtaking vistas, the Botanical Garden is the essence of New Mexico. The Landscape Architect is W Gary Smith, and we are currently planning for the 2nd phase, an Ethnobotanical garden to open in 2014. Please stop by and enjoy beauty and lessons to be learned in the garden! Thank you.
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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“A work in progress, but worth the visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden has just recently opened for visitors. At this point, only their first phase is open with more to come over the next year or two. If you are interested in gardening in the high desert climate or just want to stroll around an interesting and colorful garden, this is worth the trip even though their offerings are somewhat limited right now. The Garden is conveniently located on the Museum Hill area so there are other attractions nearby. I am looking forward to returning at a future visit to Santa Fe to see how the Garden continues to develop.

Visited August 2013
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Colorado Springs
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“Enjoy the desert in bloom.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The newly opened Santa Fe Botanical Garden is modest in size and huge in execution and creativity and enjoyment. The overall layout and design leaves one almost in awe as to how beautiful the native flowers and vegetation can be in the hands of dedicated and committed horticulturists. A must-see respite from the always enjoyable food, culture, and shopping of Santa Fe.

Visited August 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“An Oasis in the High Desert on Museum Hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The Santa Fe Botanical Gardens just opened to the public July 21, 2013. Easy walking and accessible to all, there are more than 6,000 plants to see on this 1-1/2 acre layout. Highlighting plants that grow well in the high desert region, visitors are treated to bursts of magenta penstemon, yellow sundrops, fruit trees (we learned the fruits will be donated to a local food charity) and a variety of cacti.

Located on Museum Hill across from the Museum of International Folk Art at 725 Camino Lejo (the signage clearly marks the way), the Garden is a delightful stop for nature lovers, gardeners, and anyone wanting to take some time to enjoy the outdoors. There are 2 more phases planned for the Botanical Garden—we’ll definitely be back!

Visited July 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“A lovely place to stroll and enjoy the scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This hidden gem is near Las Golondrinas and it about as native a location that one can fine just outside of town. We went on the hour tour and our guide told us so much about the flora and fauna. We even saw a bear cub in a tree. A great day!

Visited June 2012
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“The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is an authentic High Desert experience that celebrates adaptive flora combined with dramatic New M”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

The Botanical Garden completes the visitor experience to Santa Fe's Museum Hill with dramatic natural and cultivated landscapes. This Garden's mission focuses on the profoundly beautiful, diverse plant communities of Northern New Mexico with a strong emphasis on water conservation. Interwoven into these galleries without walls are works of sculpture that embody the art of nature. Phase one of this new Garden opens to the Public on July 21, 2013, with additional phases opening in late 2014 and '15. The Garden provides a rich experience for visitors of all ages, with the century old Red Bridge across the Arroyo Pinones being an absolute highlight. Visit www.santafebotanicalgarden.org for more information. The SF Botanical Gsrden is not to missed!

Visited April 2013
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