LOCATION: Our Garden borders the Museum and is just off the self-guided trail. The road behind the Sandia District Ranger Station also leads directly to the museum.
HOURS: open every day, year-round
Native plants, plus a few introduced species, are displayed in the gardens around the Museum. A "waffle garden" demonstrates the practice of planting the "three sisters" (corn, beans, squash) together in a series of depressions. The depressions help focus water on the seeds and roots of the growing plants. The corn grows first, providing a support for the vining beans; and the low-growing squash spreads out to shade the soil and help keep it moist. Experimental gardens offer our gardeners an opportunity to try out new varieties in the difficult East Mountain environment. Native plants in the area nearest the Museum are labeled.
Current Events and Garden Activities Each spring, our garden master Lynn Bender and his trusty four-legged assistant, Storm, begin the plantings for the year. It is always a guessing game for the fragile seedlings and there are always clean-up and maintenance chores. In 2015 we had snow on May 16th.
We can always use volunteers to help Lynn and Storm with plantings, weeding and watering. Bring your gloves, a hat, drinking water and your favorite weeding tool. Wish for a nice monsoon the day before...