Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill

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The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a new learning landscape of traditional and native plants, sustainable land- and water-use practices; educational activities for all ages; and an outdoor showcase for presenting music, sculpture and theatrical performances.

Location: 715 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Directions to Botanical Garden click here >

We Are Currently Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Botanical Garden Hours & Admission

Spring, Summer & Fall Hours:

April through October – Open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm

Winter Hours:

November through March – Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

  • No pets allowed in the Garden except service animals.
  • No smoking in the Garden.

Admission Fees:

SFBG Members: Free (become a member >)

April through October Admission

  • $10 – Adults from outside New Mexico
  • $9  – Adults in-state New Mexico
  • $8 – Seniors 65+, Active Military
  • $7 – Students with ID and Youth (13-17)
  • Free – SFBG Members and Children 12 and under

November through March Admission

  • $7 – Adults from in-state and outside New Mexico
  • $6 – Seniors 65+, Active Military
  • $5 – Students with ID and Youth (13-17)
  • Free – SFBG Members and Children 12 and under

*Admission receipts may be credited toward the purchase of an annual membership if put towards membership purchase on the same day.

FREE Community Days – once a month we will be publicizing a day of free admission to New Mexico residents (with ID) and students (with ID). Join our e-newsletter, follow us on Facebook, or Twitter to find out first! Community Days will also be posted on our website under Upcoming Events.


Guided Tours everyday as docents are available, no reservations needed.

Group Tours are available upon request at least 2 weeks in advance, reservation required. There is a minimum of 10 individuals to be considered a group. Groups can request a docent guided tour. Request a reservation >

  • Group rate is $8 from April-October and $6 from November-March for pre-reserved tours.

Temporary Visitor Center & Garden Shop

In front of the main entrance is our Temporary Visitors Center and Garden Shop which is open year-round during regular Garden hours. Come see us flourish. Visit the Garden Shop to purchase birthday, anniversary and graduation gifts (and pick up something for yourself!). See our many unique and sustainable products, books, SFBG shirts and caps, jewelry and more.

Venue Rental

Plan a beautiful event or meeting at the Garden and entertain your guests with a memorable setting for any occasion.

Visit our Facility Rental pages for rental policy, costs, photos, and information.

Photography in garden (credit: Carl Troy)


All guests are permitted to take photographs and shoot videos for private, non-commercial use, except in specific exhibits or areas where photography may not be permitted. Read the full photography policy >

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.

Visitors enter the Botanical Garden through the Orchard Gardens. The centerpiece fruit orchard is flanked by a meadow garden and a dry garden. The orchard is surrounded by a rugged retaining wall on three sides, nestled into the hillside.

More about the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill

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Schematic drawing of the Orchard Gardens – click to learn more

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 will be surrounded by a rugged retaining wall on three sides as it nestles into the hillside.

Phase Two – Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, accessed via the 100 year old historic Kearny’s Gap Bridge, Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, 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 of plants are used for healing, food, weaving, and dyeing. Our hornos will be used to teach cooking, and our outdoor classrooms and activity centers will house programming for children and adults.

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.

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.

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 is now open! Enjoy a ride down a natural setting along Arroyo de Los Pinos.

Combining beauty and responsibility, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill will be a place that restores the landscape, soothes the spirit, and educates by example.

Stewardship through Service Learning

Learn about how SFBG involves local eighth grade students in weekly hands-on projects. Service Learning >>

In the news…

August 2013: New Mexico road trip: Haute route, Sunset Magazine >

July 18, 2013: Our View: A garden blooms on Museum Hill, The Santa Fe New Mexican Editorials > or here > (PDF 24 kb)

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…

July 18, 2013: First Flowering: Santa Fe Botanical Garden, The Santa Fe New Mexican >

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…

July 17, 2013: In Santa Fe, a New Botanical Garden, The New York Times >

Santa Fe’s appeal seems to be divided  between culture seekers and outdoors lovers, now jointly targeted by one new attraction, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill.


Museums for All

Free admission with EBT card

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Reciprocal Admission Program available for up to 2 adults who are also members of participating botanical gardens. Click AHS logo for more info.


Docents giving free tours to guests. (Photo: Fran Cole)