The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is more than just a pleasant horticultural environment. It’s an enriching sensory experience with the added value of being a contemplative haven. Visitors comment on the garden’s unique combination of hardscape and landscape – a mix of stone, rock and plants that are seamlessly integrated into the scene.
Opened in 2013, this oasis on Museum Hill calls attention to the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of the region. Features of note include a sculptural gateway adorned with honeysuckle which leads to the Welcome Ramada, an arbor made of steel with benches and bancos adjacent to a soothing fountain. A central walkway bordered by roses and lavender, and edged with stone, connects each of the destinations within the garden. Native plants and wildflowers are featured in the Meadow Garden, where a broad shallow bowl has been carved into the existing slope to collect rainwater. La Rambla, a hand-crafted rock channel slows the flow of the water, helping to maximize moisture storage in the soil to nourish the vegetation.
The centerpiece of the garden is a mixed fruit orchard that is also home to a meadow of grasses and wildflowers. It’s a picturesque, romantic idyll, which is best viewed from a nearby canopy of climbing roses, framed by pine and oak.
An English perennial border gets a Southwestern, water-wise interpretation, while a wall of large stones is a nod to the local escarpments that give the region its dramatic backdrop. The Dry Garden is a showcase for plants that rely almost entirely on rainwater with a mix of textures, forms and colors that echo the Santa Fe landscape.
One of the more unique aspects of this Edenesque locale is the Art Trail with its changing displays of sculpture by artists whose works were inspired by nature. A year-long exhibit, “The Power of Place,” features pieces by sixteen renowned Santa Fe-based artists who represent the three cultures that are dominant in this community – Anglo, American Indian and Hispanic. Also of note is the historic 101-year-old Kearny’s Gap Bridge, which serves as a scenic vista point, as well as an eventual walkway to a future section of the garden. For Santa Fe’s “Summer of Color,” the garden is focusing on everything orange in its container garden exhibit, “Monarch - Orange Takes Flight.” The focus of the project is to engage visitors in protecting monarch butterflies and restoring their habitat.
General Admission $7, Senior 65+ and Active Military $6, Students with ID and Children 6+ $5
Guided tours available