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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

 April 2018

Dear Botanical Garden Supporters,

Aaah, spring is upon us. Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) is emerging from its winter sleep with a gift of colors, fragrances and textures to dazzle our senses. It was certainly worth the wait. As the Botanical Garden’s living collections and program offerings take another step with the new season, so grows its reputation and public engagement with our community and visitors from near and far. Here are several important event dates to save to your 2018 calendars.

  • April 1 – The Botanical Garden opens with a full schedule of seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., continuing through October 31.
  • April 19 – The Botanical Garden’s new series Food for Thought has proven to be very popular, and continues with its final event featuring author, Anne Hillerman, at the Club at Las Campanas. During this delightful evening of gourmet food and fine wines, Anne will take us on an adventure into the mysterious world of her just released New York Times best selling novel, Cave of Bones. The Food for Thought experience blends the literary and culinary worlds into an unforgettable evening to benefit the educational mission of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Act quickly and click on this link to secure your seat at the table.
  • May 3, ThursdaySunset In the Garden Concert Series returns every first Thursday of the month through September. We have a great roster of entertainment booked for this year! Visit our website for details, and be thinking about who to invite and what’s in the picnic basket!
  • May 5 & 6, Saturday and Sunday, Opening weekend of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve!
  • May 26, 2018 through May 12, 2019 – The Botanical Garden is excited to present the exhibition, Gardens Gone Wild! Sculptures by Dan Ostermiller, in partnership with the Nedra Matteucci Galleries of Santa Fe. During Dan’s forty plus year career, he has perfected an ability to capture the spirit and energy of animals in bronze. A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dan has resided in Loveland, Colorado during his adult life and continues to be a primary driver of the thriving sculpture scene there. In 1984, Dan met gallery owner Nedra Matteucci at Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park event, and so began a creative partnership that continues to this day. Ostermiller’s works are represented in major museum and private collections across the U.S. His graceful, charismatic animals will enchant our visitors both young and old for the next year as they make themselves at home in the Botanical Garden. Visit Nedra Matteucci Gallery website to learn and see more about Dan Ostermiller’s artworks.
  • June 16, Saturday – Summer Garden Dinners expand into the season of early blooms to accommodate the growing demand for our Harvest Dinners, now in its fourth year. The evening will be a delightful combination of private gardens, blended with exquisite cuisine and fine wines, with the opportunity to meet new friends with shared interests. This event is so enjoyable, now you can experience it during two seasons. Keep an eye on our website for more details!
  • August 17 through September 2 nightly (dark on Mondays) – Shakespeare in the Garden expands the number of performances from eight (in our inaugural year of 2017) to fifteen for its 2018 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There will be no more enchanted place in Santa Fe on August 17 than the premiere garden party and first performance of the Bard’s play of passion, magic and nature. This year’s production is directed by Rachel Kelly, founder of Shakespeare In Santa Fe, working in creative collaboration with Nagle Jackson, acclaimed director of last year’s production of The Tempest at SFBG. Completing our creative circle of partners, John Andrews of the Shakespeare Guild, provides sage advice and ideas for the production and related programs. To better assure availability for all audiences, previews have expanded to three evenings on August 14 through 16, when free and reduced tickets will be available for students and families of the Botanical Garden’s partner schools. Back by popular demand this year is an opportunity to Unwind With the Cast and private parties in Royal Boxes at a special admission price. Tickets go on sale in April and, please remember, seating is limited. Visit our website for more information. Puck, Titania, Oberon and friends await you in the Botanical Garden!
  • September 8, Saturday – After much consideration, the Botanical Garden announces an exciting new Equinox event that replaces the Solstice summer fundraiser. Although the Solstice has been successful and great fun, it occurs in the hottest month of the year. September is renowned for being one of the most beautiful months in Santa Fe, with more temperate climate, and an ideal time to celebrate the Botanical Garden in its fullness and beauty. More information about the Equinox event will be released in the coming weeks, and I hope to see you there!
  • October 6 and 13, Saturdays – This year’s Harvest Dinners continue the ever popular tradition of intimate dinners within private homes and poetic gardens combined with a culinary adventure that is sure to inspire. With each year, the audience for the event grows, and many attendees confess it is their favorite event of the year. Check the SFBG website soon to learn more and purchase tickets.

This selection of important dates and events is an indication of the great year ahead at Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Many more events are planned that we hope you will attend and enjoy. I encourage you to explore our website for a complete event listing of what the SFBG staff has planned for 2018.

Many thanks for your support and passion for the Botanical Garden!

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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