An Education Place for Everyone
Photo: Cristina Salvador
Phase Two of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) at Museum Hill is called Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands because it will be a place to explore ethnobotany – the shared history of humans and plants in northern New Mexico – through hands-on experiences and observation. It will serve as the epicenter of our educational programming and will enable us to serve our community in new and exciting ways. Here’s how:
This new learning space, designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith, will allow for larger school and adult groups and a greater variety of programming, from science and cooking, to weaving and art. With three dedicated outdoor classrooms, two exploration places, and a learning pavilion with a seating capacity of 100, youth and adults will have spaces to explore, discover, and play in the natural environment. Tiered gardens for annual crops will allow visitors to participate in hands-on learning experiences, from planting to harvesting. The Hornos Plaza will provide a setting in which cooking demonstrations and classes can be offered. Ethnobotanical plantings will help make the connection between our rich cultural heritage and the importance of flora in the survival of American Indian and Spanish populations in northern New Mexico. The second phase of the SFBG at Museum Hill truly presents an unprecedented opportunity to explore the importance of place with local New Mexicans as well as visitors to our unique part of the world.