During all the excitement that you will experience in Santa Fe, it is also important to recognize the natural beauty and botanical heritage of the region. Northern New Mexico’s broad diversity of plant and wildlife is truly incredible. One of the best places to learn about the natural world of New Mexico is the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. This beautiful attraction is home to many beautiful gardens and trails that cultivate the rich biodiversity of our region. They achieve this through commitment to education, community service, and presentation of the arts. During your visit to Santa Fe, a stroll through these beautiful landscapes is an absolute must!
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What to Experience at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden
There are several lovely areas to explore in the gardens, each home to a wide array of native plants and flowers. Here are just some of our personal favorites:
The Orchard Gardens
The Orchard will be the first garden you visit upon entering the gateway. Be sure to explore the stunning lavender walk, find the garden sculpture, and discover native perennial plants.
Consisting of more than 8 acres, these trails wind through the evolving beauty of the Arroyo de Los Pinos. The latest restoration techniques are used for the arroyo to “heal” itself, which will create an integral part of the Garden’s educational mission. The main trail stretches from Old Pecos to the Orchard while the secondary trails stretch through the arroyo.
Kearny’s Gap Bridge
This historical bridge was built in 1913 for San Miguel County. It is 62 feet long boasts a design that was very popular between 1870 and 1900. The bridge was abandoned after the highway was expanded and moved to the north. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden adopted the “orphaned” bridge and relocated it to their property. The bridge connects the gardens to each other and provides lovely views of the dam and the Jemez Mountains.
Historic Gabion Dam
The dam was built during the Great Depression as a more lucrative approach to irrigation. It is one of the few well-known gabions in New Mexico and continues to benefit the gardens even today!
Santa Fe Botanical Garden Events
Several events are held at the gardens all year round. Whether it be a book club meeting or a grand celebration, your options for entertainment will never run dry. Mark your calendars for these popular annual events!
Every Saturday from December 15th to January 2nd, visit the gardens for a dazzling display of Christmas lights. You’ll find illuminated geodesic domes, magical dancing lights, photo opportunities with Santa, and festive food and beverages. You will also enjoy live musical performances by local bands. It’s a holiday tradition you’ll want to return to again and again!
This awe-inspiring event is, indeed, spectacular! It combines the beauty of nature with incredible and graceful performances by cirque performers. Delicious food and refreshments are also available to visitors. Save the date for the next Solstice coming June 17, 2017!
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