The Santa Fe Botanical Garden offers inspiration to those of us living in a cold and dry climate. Though they got more rain than us last summer, most years we’re nearly the same and given their 7000′ elevation the winter is cold much like ours (though they have considerably more sunshine). What do we see there that could be of use to us?
First off, they have some fine design in their xeric landscape. They use drought tolerant plants such as rabbit brush and many of the same perennials we plant and sell here at Tower Perennials. Penstemons, perovskia … lots of overlap in their gardens and ours. Grasses are a mainstay at Santa Fe Botanical Garden and they make use of many that thrive in Spokane.
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden also benefits from well executed pathways and hardscape, and boasts a magnificent collection of sculpture. In case you did not know, the small town of Santa Fe is the 3rd largest seller of art in the USA, beating out cities as large as Chicago, Atlanta, and Seattle. There is a concentration of artists allowing for a virtual outdoor gallery in the garden.
The garden is located on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, and was a personal favorite. I think it will appeal to gardeners and non-gardeners thanks to the artwork. It was a great spot to take photos as well if that’s your hobby. Think cool Facebook posts!
I love the design of the ramada at the garden. The somewhat random collection of bent posts supports a very artistic array of salt cedar (tamarisk) bundles . It is a very distinctive design, immediately recognizable in any photograph.
A visit to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden is sure to delight you…even in winter when I last visited the garden was entertaining and informative.