Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden
Ethnobotany and Education
Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden is a place to explore ethnobotany – the shared history of humans and plants in northern New Mexico – through hands-on experiences and observation. It serves as the epicenter of our educational programming and enables us to serve our community in new and exciting ways.
This learning space, designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith, allows for larger school and adult groups and a greater variety of programming, from science and cooking, to weaving and art. With three dedicated outdoor classrooms, two exploration places, and a learning pavilion with a seating capacity of 100, youth and adults have spaces to explore, discover, and play in the natural environment.
- Tiered gardens for annual crops allow visitors to participate in hands-on learning experiences, from planting to harvesting.
- The López Horno Plaza provides a setting in which cooking demonstrations and classes are offered.
- Ethnobotanical plantings help make the connection between our rich cultural heritage and the importance of flora in the survival of American Indian and Spanish populations in northern New Mexico.
This second phase of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, which opened in 2016, truly presents an unprecedented opportunity to explore the importance of place with local New Mexicans as well as visitors to our unique part of the world.
Photo by Andrea Multari