The Garden’s Mission

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region. In partnership with nature, we demonstrate our commitment through education, community service, presentation of the arts, and the sustainable management of our nature preserve and public garden.


It began in 1987 as a vision of a small group of local gardeners, botanists and environmentally oriented citizens to establish a botanical garden in Santa Fe.  This garden has become a valuable resource to our area through educational programs and service to the community.

  • Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Their vision grew, and in 1993 the Santa Fe Botanical Garden entered into a long-term lease with the trustees of El Rancho de las Golondrinas for the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. This 35-acre site with its spring fed pond and remarkable diversity of plants and wildlife quickly became the focus of much of the organization’s educational programming. Dedicated volunteers spent countless hours removing exotic and invasive plants, restoring the habitat through revegetation and ensuring that the pond remain a healthy environment for riparian plants, birds and invertebrates.
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill In December 2006 eleven acres of land were acquired on a long-term lease from the City of Santa Fe for the development of a botanical garden at Museum Hill. Nationally recognized landscape architect W. Gary Smith was hired to create a master plan for the new garden. Following an intensive review process, the master plan was approved by the City of Santa Fe in 2011. Additional acreage was leased from the City of Santa Fe and the State of New Mexico bringing the total to 14 acres in 2013. Phase 1, the Orchard Gardens, opened in July 2013 attracting 18,000 visitors during the first six months of operations. A visitor center and Phase 2, Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, are scheduled to open in 2016.
  • Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve The 1,350-acre Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve was acquired by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in 2001. After assuming stewardship, volunteers and staff worked to make the Preserve accessible to visitors through the addition of a network of trails and a visitors’ kiosk.  The County of Santa Fe purchased the land in 2007.  Santa Fe Botanical Garden managed and provided programming for the Preserve until 2015, when County Open Space took over management.

Letter from Clayton Bass, President & CEO

 March 2017

Dear Botanical Garden Enthusiasts,

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s very existence over its 30-year history is due to the generosity and passion of its members and support from the Santa Fe community. As we strive to complete the Botanical Garden’s Public Campaign for Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden, we need your help to raise the remaining portion. Every gift–of any size–is important to help achieve our $300,000 goal to complete funding for YOUR botanical garden.  It is inspiring to realize how far we have come together, and we ask that you consider stepping up for this final push to complete Phase Two. Giving a gift is easy with the click to donate button below. You can also call the office at 505-471-9103 and speak with Rachel Loomis, Development Director, if you have questions. Your support to help construct the Botanical Garden is vital and appreciated!

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The Botanical Garden Board of Directors and staff are thrilled by the recent opportunity to lease 3.25 acres of pristine piñon-juniper forest on Museum Hill. With this addition, the Garden is now the steward of 18 total acres along the Arroyo de Los Pinos. Careful planning is underway to assure that we maximize its use as we conserve this important horticultural site for the Santa Fe community. I look forward to sharing news with you soon about plans and timing for this addition to the Botanical Garden.

Here is an opportunity for a singular experience that is guaranteed to be both delicious and educational. The Botanical Garden, in partnership with the Santa Fe Cooking School, presents The Botany of A Feast: a culinary and scientific exploration of edible plants on April 20. Featuring Santa Fe author Deborah Madison, plus botanists Sarah Federman, PhD and Elisabeth Forrestel, PhD, guests will be taken on an unforgettable adventure to benefit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Click here to purchase tickets. The “Feast” is the keystone event for several related experiences, with information soon to be released.

It is officially time to save the date—June 17, 2017—for the Botanical Garden’s Solstice Soiree event. People are still talking about last year’s Summer Solstice Spectacular, and you will be amazed by the celebration planned for 2017 to benefit the Garden. I look forward to seeing you there!

Also, remember to mark your calendars for Sunset: After Hours in the Garden, which begins on the first Thursday in May and continues through October. Each evening’s event will feature a changing roster of Santa Fe’s many accomplished musicians playing a wide range of musical styles. Bring your picnic, family and friends, and settle in for a breathtakingly brilliant Santa Fe sunset experience.

Also, watch for more news soon about exciting new 2017 events in the Botanical Garden, including not one but two series of Shakespeare productions.

Enjoy these warming, late winter days in the Botanical Garden!

Many thanks for your support!

Clayton Bass, President and CEO



Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a proud member of the American Public Gardens Association and the American Alliance of Museums. APGA_member_rgb Santa-Fe-Chamber-of-Commerce-Logo