Visit a Regional Garden and Park
"An oasis in the desert. Located across the plaza from the Albuquerque Aquarium and bordered on the west by the famed Rio Grande and the largest cottonwood gallery forest in the world, the lush and peaceful Rio Grande Botanic Garden is an oasis in the desert. The Rio Grande Botanic Garden is a facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park."
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque, NM
Located on the central Rio Grande flyway, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park offers excellent bird watching throughout the year. Visitors can observe about 250 species of birds including roadrunners and wood ducks. A trail system along the river, demonstration gardens and indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas add to this valuable public resource.
Rio Rancho Waterwise Demonstration Garden, Rio Rancho, NM
"The Rio Rancho WaterWise Demonstration Garden (WWG) in Rio Rancho, New Mexico is a cooperative effort with the City of Rio Rancho, the Sandoval County Master Gardeners, partnering with the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, Local businesses and Community Volunteers. The WaterWise Garden encompasses approximately an acre divided into different gardening templates easy to replicate in the homeowner's landscape."
Santa Fe Demonstration Garden, Santa Fe, NM
The Santa Fe Master Gardener Association maintain an aesthetic garden that can be maintained easily in times of drought.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe, NM
"The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of the region through programs of education and service to the community."
NMSU Ag Science Center Demonstration Garden, Farmington, NM
The Farmington xeric plant research and demonstration garden is unique in that it is split into four differently-irrigated quadrants to demonstrate the growth and quality of the same plants (about 100 species) in each of the four quadrants. The plants featured in the Farmington garden are native or adapted to most regions of the Southwest US.
City of Rocks State Park, between Deming and Silver City, NM
"City of Rocks State Park is in the Mimbres Valley of the Chihuahuan desert and typical vegetation and wildlife abound. Yuccas, barrel and hedgehog cacti, ocotillo, New Mexico agave, desert bird-of-paradise, and desert willow are common in the park. Growing among the rocks are Emory and gray oak. After a wet winter or after a spring or summer rainstorm, numerous varieties of wildflowers abound." The park includes a desert botanical garden.
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, near Alamogordo, NM
"Set against the desert foot of the dramatic Sacramento Mountains, this park features historic exhibits and a fully restored 19th century ranch house. Springs and seeps in the walls of Dog Canyon support yellow columbines, maidenhair ferns and orchids. Secreted in this harsh landscape is a green oasis, where water flows year-round and ferns cling to mossy rocks. This area, known as Dog Canyon, is one of many deep ravines that slice the west flank of the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico."
Mesilla Valley Rio Bosque State Park, Mesilla, NM
"Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park is New Mexico's 34th state park and encompasses 300 acres of bosque (riverside forest) along the Rio Grande and 600 acres of adjacent Chihuahuan Desert. The park is a refuge for wildlife and a haven for people seeking the quiet enjoyment of nature."
Rockhound State Park, Deming, NM
"Rugged slopes of the Florida and Little Florida Mountains are home to Rockhound State Park. Hiking trails offer views of nearby "sky islands." Agates and quartz crystals can be found at the park. Every April, Rockhound State Park celebrates springtime in the desert with a full day of special programming. Learn all about the plants, animals, and natural history of the Chihuahuan Desert."
Living Desert State Park, Carlsbad, NM
"Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park is an indoor/outdoor living museum displaying more than 40 native animal species and hundreds of succulent plants from around the world. While on the 1.3 mile self-guided tour, visitors discover many faces of the Chihuahuan Desert, from sand dunes and pygmy forest to the desert floor."
Carlsbad Soil and Water Conservation District Xeric Garden, Carlsbad, NM
"There are three planting demonstration plots, each featuring plantings with low water use plants that use similar amounts of water. One plot will have very low water use, another with low water use, and the last with moderate water use. These plots each feature a tree and different specimen plants that will grow well in our climate."
Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, El Paso, TX
"The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens is a botanical garden dedicated to the flora of the Chihuahuan Desert and adjacent regions in the United States and Mexico. The Gardens were formally dedicated in September 1999 and currently contain over 625 different species of plants, thus comprising one of the largest captive assemblages of Chihuahuan Desert flora in the world."
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso, TX
"Wetlands and riverside forests once graced the banks of the Rio Grande in the Paso del Norte region. They were the most productive natural habitats in the region, but today they are virtually gone. At Rio Bosque, the environment is still changing, but in a new way. Here, a diverse partnership is working to bring back meaningful examples of the unique and valuable ecosystems once found in our river valley."
El Paso Desert Botanical Garden, El Paso, TX
The Gardens here include a healing garden, a sensory and culinary garden; a cactus and succulent garden; a butterfly garden; a xeric demonstration garden, and a children's garden.
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute Botanical Garden, Ft. Davis, TX
"The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, a facility of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, is located 4 miles south of Fort Davis, TX, on Highway 118. The Nature Center sits at an elevation of 5040 ft. and covers 507 acres. A Visitors' Center, outdoor exhibits, botanical gardens, a greenhouse, and hiking trails are open to visitors year-round."
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff, AZ
Who are we? The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a botanical garden, research station, and environmental education center. Our goal is to help you better understand the plants and plant communities of the world-renowned Colorado Plateau, home to such natural wonders as Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens, Co Springs, CO
Free to the public, our gardens offer the opportunity to see a low-water, attractive and sustainable landscape suitable to our region. We encourage you to visit throughout the year to see how the beautiful variety of plants and trees change with the seasons.
Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO
The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail, CO
We are a public botanic garden curating a fully documented collection of high elevation plants. Our staff works on various conservation and research programs that provide crucial information about and support for diminishing mountain plant populations.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Home page
"The Center's gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora. The Native Plant Information Network is a database of more than 7.200 native species available online. The Land Restoration Program applies knowledge of ecological processes to restoring damaged landscapes. The Center's education programs for children and adults teach people about their natural surroundings and how to grow native plants in their own backyards."
Utah State University: Intermountain Herbarium
Our mission is
-"To serve as a primary source of information on the flora and fungi of the Intermountain region, both native and introduced.
-To foster increased understanding and appreciation of the floristic diversity of the Intermountain Region ."
Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV
The Springs Preserve features museums, galleries, outdoor concerts and events, colorful botanical gardens and an interpretive trail system that meanders through a scenic wetland habitat.
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Ft. Davis, TX
The mission of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is to promote public awareness, appreciation, and concern for the natural diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert region through research and education.