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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.  Phase 2 of the garden, Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, opened in the Fall of 2016 and explores ethnobotany through hands-on experiences and observation .
  • 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.

Strategic Plan: Vision 2020

Long term goals and objects for 2015 through 2020. Download and view here >

Letter from Clayton Bass, President & CEO

 June 2018

Dear Botanical Garden Supporters,

With the coming of June, summer isn’t far behind, and I welcome it with open arms. Warm days and cool nights provide a perfect invitation for visiting the Santa Fe Botanical Garden anytime of the day. Remember the Botanical Garden’s full schedule is in effect, and open seven days weekly from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Consider exploring the Botanical Garden at different times of day. You will be amazed at the variety of plants, fragrances, views and sounds. It is a feast for the senses!

Equinox Celebration: Although the Summer Solstice is nearly upon us, do take note of a change in the Botanical Garden’s events schedule. After four successful years, the Botanical Garden’s largest fundraiser, the Solstice Gala, has moved to coincide with cooler autumn days. The event has been re-imagined as the Equinox Celebration on September 22 in the Botanical Garden. The event will feature:

  • an amazing dinner, seated under a beautifully decorated tent for 200 attendees
  • wonderful music for dancing the night away
  • silent and live auction items for experiences that are out of this world
  • a sunset pre-party in the Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden
  • a signature beverage, with a colorful autumn illumination of the Garden

For more information visit our Equinox Celebration page on the SFBG website.

Sunset in the Garden Concert Series: Continues monthly on the first Thursday. Santa Fe’s much beloved musician Bill Hearne is the featured performer on June 7. Remember to pack your picnic, bring your friends, and create the perfect crescendo to your day at the Botanical Garden.  Learn more about upcoming concerts in the Botanical Garden at our website. I look forward to seeing you there!

Dan Ostermiller: Gardens Gone Wild!: This new exhibition featuring Ostermiller’s highly acclaimed bronze realistic animal sculpture is sure to delight all ages of garden visitors. The exhibition continues from May 26, 2018 through May 12, 2019, giving garden visitors multiple opportunities to experience these exquisite works in all four seasons. Deepest thanks go to Dan Ostermiller and to Nedra Matteucci Galleries for their generous partnership to bring the exhibition to life in the Botanical Garden for Santa Fe audiences and visitors from around the world!

Shakespeare in the Garden – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Botanical Garden’s second season of Shakespeare begins with an opening night of festivities on Friday, August 17. This is one opening you will not want to miss, as available tickets are limited. The production continues nightly, except on Mondays, through September 2. Directed by Shakespeare in Santa Fe founder, Rachel Kelly, her production will redefine this most magical and humorous of Shakespeare’s works. With auditions for actors held in New York and Santa Fe, this production will continue to raise the bar for theater in the City Different. Other exciting features for Shakespeare in the Garden will be the return of the popular Unwind With the Cast after-party, plus the deluxe treatment of Royal Box tickets for four, eight, or twelve. Tickets go on sale June 15, so get your tickets early! Thanks to the Botanical Garden’s partners, the Shakespeare Guild and Shakespeare in Santa Fe, for their collaboration in making this new production possible! For more information visit our Shakespeare in the Garden page on our website.

Your commitment to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden is greatly appreciated! I look forward to seeing you in the Botanical Garden very soon.

Clayton Bass, President and CEO


Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a proud member of the American Public Gardens Association, American Alliance of Museums, American Horticultural Society, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Sentinel Plant Network, and Museum Hill Partners.



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