Press Room

The Gardens receives visitors year-round, read below about some of the articles our guests have published about the ground, events and happenings.

The Big Show with Honey Harris: Clayton Bass of Santa Fe Botanical Garden talks about GLOW
KBAC 98.1 FM Radio Free Santa Fe, November 24, 2015

The Richard Eeds Show with Clayton Bass, Santa Fe Botanical Garden
KVSF 101.5 FM The Voice of Santa Fe, November 16, 2015

Clayton Bass, CEO Santa Fe Botanical Garden: Upcoming events and expansion plans on The Garden Journal Radio Show
101.1 FM KSFR, November 14, 2015

Botanical garden expansion to begin construction
Journal North, October 29, 2015

SF Botanical Garden to break ground on second expansion
The Los Alamos Monitor, October 28, 2015

Summer of Color: Santa Fe Botanical Garden, July 15, 2015

Santa Fe celebrates the Summer of Color
Santa Fe Travelers, June 11, 2015

Santa Fe Botanical Garden exhibition features works by Native Americans and other artists, May 29, 2015 

Rocky Road – SF Botanical Garden grows away from mountaintop preserve
Santa Fe Reporter, May 20, 2015

15 Experience You Can Only Have in New Mexico
Matador Network, May 18, 2015

The Last Mile
Santa Fe Reporter, May 15, 2015

Botanical garden ends guided hikes in Ortiz Mountains
The Santa Fe New Mexican, May 15, 2015

Santa Fe Summer Is Totally Technicolor, May 8, 2015

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Think about Santa Fe as I ask this question: What color do you see? Perhaps it’s the turquoise in a hand-crafted bracelet or the green of piñon and juniper trees or red and orange painting the sky at day’s end. Now open your eyes. Think Santa Fe again and consider this: Whatever color your mind’s eye pictures is already here. Our Summer of Color paints an unforgettable picture with color-themed exhibitions at Museum Hill’s renowned cultural institutions. […]

The Summer Looks Bright
New Mexico Magazine, April 2015

Museum Hill leads the way as Santa Fe celebrates the vibrant colors of the Southwest.

Engaging Earth Day celebrations abound in Santa Fe
The Santa Fe New Mexican, April 16, 2015

21 Best Things to Do in Santa Fe, New Mexico
VacationIdea, April 10, 2015

25 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit on Your Romantic Weekend Getaway
VacationIdea, March 30, 2015

There are few better ways to explore the beauty and diversity of the United States than a visit to a botanical garden, dedicated to preserving the nation’s most fascinating flowers, trees, insects, birds and wildlife. Plan a romantic weekend getaway to a garden near you […]

18 Reasons Why Santa Fe is a Spring Break Different, March 9, 2015

Bill Baxter, 1943-2015: History buff helped protect Cerrillos Hills and then kept its mining tales alive
The Santa Fe New Mexican, February 13, 2015

*Long time volunteer at the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, Bill Baxter was a dear friend of Santa Fe Botanical Garden. (PDF)

Winter Wonderland Walk
Santa Fean, NOW, February 12, 2015 (PDF 2.7 MB)

Summer Of Color On Santa Fe’s Museum Hill
Los Alamos Daily Post, January 19, 2015

Santa Fe appears to be awash in gradations of adobe brown yet it is a city of rich colors found nowhere else – as seen by the generations of artists who’ve made this city their home. And color in its many shades and hues comes to the fore this summer when some of the city’s leading cultural institutions located on Museum Hill coordinate a series of exhibitions and events.

Traveler’s Guide to Gardens
The American Gardener, January/February 2015 (PDF 632kb)

When it comes to growing plants, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is certainly one of the more challenging environments.This region, bathed in intense sun and drying winds, receives only an average of 14 inches of rain and snow a year and can experience temperature swings of 30 to 40 degrees in the same day. Despite these formidable conditions, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) is flourishing on two sites and constructing a formal public garden on a third. Read the article >

Interview with Fran Cole
98.1 KBAC Radio Free Santa Fe, December 10, 2014

All the details about GLOW and Morphing Nature at the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill.

The Richard Eeds Show with Fran Cole
101.5 KVSF, November 25, 2014

KVSF 101.5 FM The Voice of Santa Fe is a 24 hour forum to engage, enlighten, discuss and inform the community about issues facing Santa Fe


Interview with CEO Clayton Bass on Living Juicy! on Santa Fe’s public radio station
101.1 FM KSFR, November 6, 2014

Come to Santa Fe for the Holidays: It’s Nothing Short of Magical
USA TODAY 10 BEST, September 29, 2014

“The Garden becomes a winter wonderland lit by thousands of lights, including LED, floodlights, kinetic lights that move rhythmically and fairy lights in plants and trees. Saturday nights bring bracing hot toddies to ward off the cold. Santa will be in attendance and there will be live music. Arrive right at opening and watch the spectacular high desert sunset that’s been drawing artists and others to Santa Fe for over 100 years. The transition from day to night will enhance your experience. If you’re lucky, it might snow, making your evening even more magical.” – Billie Frank

Photo of the Week: Origami in the Garden
Santa Fe Travelers, September 12, 2014

Santa Fe Botanical Garden’ Clayton Bass and Scott Canning
2 KASA FOX, September 11, 2014

Clayton Bass and Scott Canning talk about the Garden and the weekend’s upcoming events.

Two SFBG staff interviewed on The Garden Journal
101.1 KSFR, August 2014

Clayton Bass, Chief Executive Officer

Scott Canning, Horticulture and Special Projects Director

Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill approaches first birthday
Journal North, July 23, 2014

And since its opening, the group’s membership has ballooned from 550 in early 2013 to more than 1,745, according to that group’s newsletter. […]

Santa Fe’s Summer Cuisine Scene: New Chefs and Tailgating at its Best, June 11, 2014

Origami in metal visits the Botanical Garden on Museum Hill
Journal North, April 28, 2014

Paper Trail, Sculptor Kevin Box’s success is written in the stars
Santa Fe Reporter, April 22, 2014

Alongside Japanese honeysuckle, “Indian Magic” crabapple and beaked yucca, a new exotic species has blossomed in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. It comes in the shape of 15 monumental sculptures by Kevin Box…

Insider Guides
Sunset Magazine, April 2014

The inviting Orchard Garden, part of of the 14-acre Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill, makes the most of local resources. Its cactus are native to the Southwest; the lush roses and fruit trees thrive on rainwater collected in Zuni-style stone bowls and stonework channels created by New Mexico craftsmen. And set among carefully chosen native and non-native plants is the sculpture Emergence by Santa Fe artist Candyce Garrett.

Santa Fe Gets Its Bloom On
New Mexico Magazine, April 2014

Winter chose to tarry the day I met Clayton Bass at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Swathed in sweaters, we wandered a meandering path flanked by gloriously stacked rocks, with not a single flower in sight. No matter. We gardeners possess imaginations best described as—ahem— florid. Even when the sky whispers “snow,” we dream of spring. […]

Spring to bring new art to Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Journal North, March 31, 2014

Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Road Trips for Gardeners, March 17, 2014

O’Keeffe garden planned for Museum Hill
Journal North, February 3, 2014

Georgia O’Keeffe is known for her paintings of flowers and landscapes, but many people may not know that she tended a thriving garden in her own plot in Abiquiu. An offshoot of that garden will take root in Santa Fe — but you may have to wait a few years for it to happen. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is cooperating with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to take cuttings and other means of propagating plants growing in the late artist’s garden, eventually transplanting them into the Museum Hill garden in Santa Fe. […]

Winter Lights at Botanical Gardens
City Highlights, December 18, 2013

Clayton Bass from the Botanical Gardens talk about the Winter Lights Event at the Botanical Gardens this Holiday.

Arctic blast to put chill on weekend events
The Santa Fe New Mexican, December 5, 2013

Tender is the Night
Santa Fe Reporter, November 26, 2013

Winter has arrived in Santa Fe. And with it comes the parade of winter-inspired events. We are all ready for warm drinks and outdoor lighting displays around town. It’s a magical time when the imagination is given reign over the world of dreams. So it’s fitting that Santa Fe Botanical Garden invites you into the place of its dreams with GLOW, a festival of winter lights at the new grounds on Museum Hill.

Head start on Halloween
Journal North, October 27, 2013

We’re approaching that time of tricks and treats, when kids and adults dress in costumes and pretend to be someone else. The real thing is Thursday, when Halloween will bring out the ghouls and goblins. But this weekend got a head start on the activities with the Crocus Pocus Halloween event at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Saturday…

Letters to the editor, A community vision by Clayton Bass
The Santa Fe New Mexican, August 18, 2013

The new Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill was created 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 that are free for New Mexico residents. The garden’s educational mission raises awareness of the many critical issues such as water conservation, climate change impact and responsible gardening practices. With its many native and traditional plants, awe-inspiring stone and metal work and breathtaking vistas, the Botanical Garden is the essence of New Mexico.

News from Santa Fe: a new garden and updates at La Fonda
The Dallas Morning News, August 16, 2013

Beargrass, spiny stars, Apache plume. The names themselves evoke striking images. They’re all native Santa Fe plants, and all growing in the new $7.5-million Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, which opened in July. Set on 14 acres on a hillside just east of the Plaza, visitors will find the first installment of the three-phase project — the Orchard Gardens, with young apple, apricot, cherry, peach, pear and plum trees…

New Mexico road trip: Haute route
Sunset Magazine, August 2013

Botanical Garden has lots to offer, Opinion briefs
Journal North, August 7, 2013

Hundreds turn out for public opening of gardens on Museum Hill,
The Santa Fe New Mexican > or here > July 21, 2013 (PDF 34.2 kb)

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill opened to the public Sunday, after a gala Friday evening and a members-only opening Saturday. More than 2,000 garden-goers strolled among Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain juniper), Melampodium leucanthum (blackfoot daisy) and Cylindropuntia whipplei (snow leopard cholla) as many of the 2,000 monarch butterflies released Saturday lingered on fragrant lavender and rose shrubs.

Our View: A garden blooms on Museum Hill
The Santa Fe New Mexican Editorials > or here > (PDF 24 kb) July 18, 2013

After years of planning, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill opens this weekend. From tonight’s sold-out gala, the membership preview on Saturday and the public opening Sunday, there is plenty to celebrate this weekend…

First Flowering: Santa Fe Botanical Garden
The Santa Fe New Mexican, July 18, 2013

A walk through the first phase of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill 10 days before its grand opening was a journey of small revelations that sprang from a larger, conceptual design. Spear-leafed yucca on short, stout trunks stands guard just past the entry. A Chinese golden rain tree is in blossom among plugs of native grass. Young fruit trees rise in perfect order; various types of lavender are set out here and there. There are tea roses, cacti, and a Gambel oak, all framed in the surrounding juniper and pine. At one point, a rabbit scampers across the trail, and a covey of quail is spotted. Benches wait under welcoming ramadas. Mountains stretch off to the north and east, the valley opens up to the west. You feel as if you’ve stepped from one world into another, though you never lose sight of the world you came from. Somehow, everything fits…

In Santa Fe, a New Botanical Garden
The New York Times, July 17, 2013

Santa Fe’s appeal seems to be divided  between culture seekers and outdoors lovers, now jointly targeted by one new attraction, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill.

Xeric Landscapes, Works of Art
Planet Natural, July 12, 2013

Santa Fe In Bloom –  Botanical Garden opens this month
The Santa Fe New Mexican, July 6, 2013 (PDF 14 kb)

Kids learn to find math in art, nature at Community Gallery
The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 29, 2013: (PDF 28 kb)

Young mathematicians learned about the Fibonnaci sequence, a mathematical pattern on which a number of naturally occurring shapes are based, during a special event for kids Saturday at the Santa Fe Community Gallery, 201 W. Marcy Street. With the help of Mollie Parsons, the new education director for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, toddlers and teenagers found the mathematical pattern in seashells, asparagus, cauliflower and roses. See some pictures from the workshop on our Facebook page >

Regional Happenings
The American Gardener, May/June 2013 (PDF 248 kb)

Strolling troubadours, mariachi music, and sangria will add to the festivities at the gala opening night reception on July 19 for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) at Museum Hill. A members-only day will follow on July 20, with the garden opening to the public on July 21. The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, which is being completed in stages, supplements the garden’s existing facilities, including the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, a 35-acre marsh south of Santa Fe, and the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, a 1,350-acre site 30 miles southwest of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Grand Opening
 in July, May 6, 2013

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Announces Grand Opening in July of 2013
PRWEB.COM Newswire, April 24, 2013

Botanical Garden gets ax again
Albuquerque Journal, April 10, 2013 (PDF 23.7kb)

Governor again vetoes Botanical Garden funds
Albuquerque Journal, April 6, 2013 (PDF 27.8kb)

Gov. Susana Martinez still doesn’t like using state dollars f or the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. For the second year in a row, she cut state money f or the park being developed on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill f rom the capital outlay bill approved by the Legislature.

New CEO Brings 20 Years of Experience
Journal Santa Fe, February 7, 2013 (PDF 295kb)

Named the garden’s chief executive officer, Bass brings 20 years of experience in the nonprofit museum sector, specializing in development and management. He worked for the renowned Alexander Haas Fundraising Consultants of Atlanta. The company played a major role in the New Mexico History Museum campaign. Bass was also president, CEO and capital campaign director of Alabama’s Huntsville Museum of Art, where he led a $10 million expansion campaign. He also has helmed arts institutions in Ocean Springs, Miss., and at Atlanta’s Emory Museum.
In true Santa Fe style, Bass is also a painter and a sculptor.

You Call This Pork?
Santa Fe Reporter, December 5, 2012

Santa Fe Botanical Garden goes forward with construction of the botanical garden at Museum Hill, despite Governor Susana Martinez’s veto of state funding.  Opening in July 2013, the botanical garden will enrich the Santa Fe community with a beautiful and ecologically responsible garden while providing educational programs on proper garden maintenance and sustainable management practices.

A garden is born in Santa Fe, October 1, 2012

A builder of bridges
The Santa Fe New Mexican, September 18, 2012

Peter Brill, owner of PBI Construction Consulting, inspects the progress of the new 13-acre garden at Museum Hill. Santa Fe Botanical Garden hired PBI to oversee the project.

Grass Identification Workshop
Santa Fe Master Gardener Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 9, September 2012 (PDF 434 kb)

On August 25 at the Leonora Curtain Wetland Preserve south of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden presented a half-day workshop on How to Identify Grasses. For some of us, this was an eye-opening introduction to the large and diverse grass family (Poaceae).

Work begins on botanical garden’s outdoor gallery
The Santa Fe New Mexican, July 18, 2012

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden broke ground last week on its new garden planned at Museum Hill.

Although the project actually began earlier this year with installation of a bridge across an arroyo, which will connect different sections of the garden, this “is the beginning of the construction of the garden, and this is the time when actual elements of the garden are going to be installed,” said Linda Milbourn, managing director of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

Inspiration in bloom on garden tours
The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 1, 2012

Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s 17th annual Garden Tours will kick off Sunday. They will take place over the next two Sundays and highlight different gardens in Santa Fe’s east side.

Gardens of earthly delights
Pasatiempo, June 1, 2012 (PDF 556 kb)

The Santa Fe New Mexican Sunday supplement (PDF 779 kb)
For full size (PDF 16.2 MB) May 6, 2012

My View by Linda Milbourn, Botanical gardens are special places that enrich our lives
The Santa Fe New Mexican, March 31, 2012

What is a botanical garden, really? This is a question that some in Santa Fe have considered. In fact, botanical gardens are among the most critically important institutions in the land.

State Park to Host Volunteer Training
ABQ Journal Fit, March 15, 2012

Anna Bryson, 1929-2012: Living Treasure helped launch botanic garden
The Santa Fe New Mexican, March 13, 2012

Santa Fe Tidbits
March 13, 2012

A veto pen run amok
The Santa Fe New Mexican, March 9, 2012

Projects help entire state
The Santa Fe New Mexican, February 26, 2012

“Not only would this project provide local jobs and involve the purchase of numerous plants, trees and other materials from local sources, it would help create an attractive adjunct to the Museum Hill area, thus attracting tourists to help further stimulate the Santa Fe economy.”- Jim Trujillo

Nature’s perfect learning environment
The Santa Fe New Mexican, February 22, 2012

Education outside the classroom is essential to children’s development. At the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, we have been providing this service for more than 20 years via the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve near La Cienega. Soon this experience will be available within the city limits through our site at Museum Hill…

Botanical Garden prepares to flourish, January 31, 2012

Santa Fe has a very rich history. Just ask the plants. One example is the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG), where ground is being tilled to prepare for the organization’s newest garden. It will offer visitors unique insights into the region’s floral past, present and future…

City holds ribbon-cutting for Museum Hill Trail
Local News, Santa Fe New Mexican, January 26, 2012

Santa Fe on Thursday officially opened its newest bicycle and pedestrian trail — the Museum Hill Trail from Old Pecos Trail east to Camino Corrales, through land being groomed for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden…

The Kearny Gap Bridge, Local news in brief
Santa Fe New Mexican, December 28, 2011

A Time to Dig (PDF 141 kb)
November 5, 2011

It’s been a long time coming. In front of a small crowd of dignitaries and supporters, representatives of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden finally broke ground on their Museum Hill site Friday morning, after about eight years of planning. The golden shovels came out and people clustered for pictures by the Arroyo de los Pinos, where the garden’s first phase of construction will begin later this year…

Flora Fantastica: The Botanical Art of MF CardamoneGet your chlorophyll
Pasatiempo, October 14, 2011 (PDF 9.79 MB)

Botanical illustration has a long and rich history. Those who study nature have been fascinated with flora and fauna for thousands of years, and as early as the first century B.C., if not before, their detailed descriptions in words and imagery have added to our understanding of the natural world…

Flora Fantastica and Selby Fleetwood Gallery featured on Gallery Hop! the weekly exhibition picks
ArtSlant Santa Fe, October 14, 2011

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