Santa Fe Botanical Garden Announces Grand Opening in July of 2013

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25-year-old organization to unveil first of four garden phases over three-day event; first ever botanical garden in Northern New Mexico features cutting-edge water catchment and irrigation capabilities

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“After years of planning and dreaming, we are pleased to unveil a world-class botanical garden in the City Different,” said Santa Fe Botanical Garden CEO Clayton Bass.

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden today announces the unveiling and opening of its new Museum Hill site will take place during a series of Grand Opening events taking place July 19-21, 2013.

A living collection of plants and outdoor experiences, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill will be a year-round destination, occupying nearly 13 acres alongside the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. A groundbreaking event at the garden, designed by American Horticultural Society award-winning landscape architect Gary Smith, took place in November 2011. Soon after, one of the site’s highlights was installed: the inclusion of the historic and rare 1913 Kearney Bridge, which was moved from its original site in San Miguel County, NM. The bridge, painted a vibrant red, will serve as a centerpiece for the Grand Opening events.

“After years of planning and dreaming, we are pleased to unveil a world-class botanical garden in the City Different,” said Santa Fe Botanical Garden CEO Clayton Bass. “The dramatic Museum Hill site provides inspiring views of Santa Fe and serves as a virtual classroom where students and visitors of all ages can experience New Mexico’s rich variety of plants, authentic culture, and the importance of water conservation. Contemporary sculpture in the Garden enhances the natural setting and reflects artists’ responses to nature. Truly the Botanical Garden has something for every visitor!”

The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill has been specifically designed to maximize the benefit of rainwater in Santa Fe's high desert climate. The use of permaculture techniques, including sensitive grading, the use of berms and swales, passive water harvesting, infiltration basins, gravel mulch collectors, and permeable paving materials ensure that every drop will remain in the garden. The primary water source will be a highly efficient drip irrigation system using city water. Opportunities for rainwater collection from the neighboring parking lots and museum rooftops are under consideration.

GRAND OPENING EVENTS:

  •     Gala Opening Night Reception, Friday, July 19, 6-8pm: View the newly planted Meadow Garden while enjoying strolling troubadours, mariachi, sangria, margaritas and tapas. Attire is Santa Fe festive. Tickets to the gala will be $125 per person available online at http://www.santafebotanicalgarden or by calling 505-471-9103. Tickets to the gala will not be for sale at the door.
  •      Members Only Day: Saturday, July 20, 9am–5pm [PRESS INVITED]

Admission is free to our valued SFBG members; memberships available for friends of members. Official ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries, keynote speakers, refreshments, music, children’s activities and garden tours.

  •     Official Public Opening: Sunday, July 21, 9am–5pm [PRESS INVITED]

Diverse performances and activities featuring local arts, dance and music. A day of family fun with food, music and scheduled events throughout the garden all day long. Free admission all day.

PHASES OF THE SFBG AT MUSEUM HILL: The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill hopes to begin construction on Phase Two, the Naturalistic Gardens (with its Ethnobotanical influence) in Spring 2014. Phase Three, The Courtyard Gardens should begin construction in 2015.

The Orchard Gardens (in July 2013) 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.

The Naturalistic Gardens, accessed via a pedestrian bridge, sits on the far side of the arroyo. Freer in form and contemporary in spirit, these gardens will integrate art and landscape architecture including an outdoor classroom.

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.

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About the Santa Fe Botanical Garden: For more than 25 years SFBG has been a vital part of the Santa Fe community providing places of reflection, wonder and education for young and old alike. Each of SFBG’s sites, including the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and The Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve—and now the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill—tells the story of unique aspects of Northern New Mexico geology, botany and cultural history. The organization’s mission is to celebrate, cultivate and conserve the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region.

For more information about visiting or donating to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill site or its other locations, the Ortiz Mountain Education Preserve and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, please visit http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org or call 505 471 9103.

For press inquiries, please contact Jennifer Hinsley at JLH Media:
Jennifer(at)jlhmedia(dot)com
505 603 8643

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