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72 Hours in Santa Fe, New Mexico Gayot, July 1, 2016
Botanical bronze: At first, Bill Barrett was skeptical of sculpture in the garden, but is no more Albuquerque Journal, June 3, 2016
Bass said some of the things that impressed him about Barrett’s work was its sense of movement or dance of the abstract figures, some of which have the feel of calligraphy, with the complex swirls and twists of intertwining bronze. […]
Santa Fe Summer Is Totally Technicolor SantaFe.org, 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. […]
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 SantaFe.com, 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)
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.
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
The Richard Eeds Show with Fran Cole 101.5 KVSF, November 25, 2014
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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
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 onThe 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 SantaFe.com, 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…
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.
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
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 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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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 >
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.