Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill
A Living Collection, a Lasting Legacy
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith, integrates the natural and the man-made, a location chosen for its natural beauty and environmental interest has been transformed by excellent garden design, horticultural practice, and architecture. Throughout the gardens native plants are mixed with appropriate non-natives, all selected to demonstrate the variety and richness that can be achieved even in this region of scarce water.
About the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill
For more than 20 years and with the critical support of its 300 active volunteers the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) has been a part of the community providing places of reflection, wonder and education for young and old alike. Each location tells the story of unique aspects of Northern New Mexico geology, botany and cultural history. The creation of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill ushers in a new era of educational opportunities and community services offered by the Botanical Garden.
Opened in July 2013, the Orchard Gardens with an orchard of fruit trees as its centerpiece is the entry point for visitors. Flanked by a meadow garden and a dry garden the orchard is surrounded by a rugged retaining wall on three sides as it nestles into the hillside.
Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden, accessed via the 100 year old historic Kearny’s Gap Bridge, sits on the far side of Arroyo de Los Pinos. Freer in form and contemporary in spirit, these gardens integrate art and landscape architecture including an outdoor classroom. This phase is an educational experience bringing forward the plants used by our local cultures over the generations. Centered on a large ceremonial plaza, our collection showcases plants that are used for healing, food, weaving, and dyeing. Our hornos are used to teach cooking, and our outdoor classrooms house programming for children and adults.
The Arroyo Trails, covering eight acres, is the largest single area of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. Demonstrating the effectiveness of the latest arroyo restoration techniques the Arroyo Trails provides a place to enjoy the natural beauty of the site and experience the increasing diversity of plants and wildlife as the arroyo heals itself over time. Hiking trails along the arroyo are open to the public between Old Pecos Trail and the Botanical Garden.
The Museum Hill Bicycle Trail provides access to Museum Hill from Old Pecos Trail, along Arroyo de los Pinos. When completed, it will connect Old Pecos Trail to Old Santa Fe Trail.
Piñon-Juniper Woodland is a 3.25-acre property directly adjacent to Ojos y Manos. The purpose of the new phase is to preserve this pristine woodland ecosystem and share it with the public through innovative interpretive graphics and programs. Piñon-Juniper Woodland is slated to open during the summer of 2019.
The Courtyard Gardens is comprised of a series of five courtyards perched on the edge of the Arroyo de los Pinos. Each courtyard will have its own character reflecting an aspect of the cultural history of Santa Fe.
Combining beauty and responsibility, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is a place that restores the landscape, soothes the spirit, and educates by example.