Breaking ground for the redesign and installation of the new courtyard garden at the Museum of Art
The entire courtyard garden was torn up and replanted–financed by the Santa Fe Garden Club
A Growing Legacy
The Santa Fe Garden Club and the New Mexico Museum of Art’s Courtyard Garden
Founded in 1917, the New Mexico Museum of Art was built around a Courtyard Garden. The garden was first tended by the SFGC in 1951. Over the years, dedication to this garden forged a partnership between the Museum staff and SFGC members.
Entering its centennial year, the Museum recognized that 100 years had taken a toll and extensive repairs were required to the infrastructure that would require the near total destruction of the garden. SFGC members rallied to form a committee, establish a budget and appropriate funds for the garden’s redesign and installation. Plans included a modern irrigation system to prevent any future water damage to the offices below. The garden features plants indigenous to New Mexico as well as other hardy perennials and small evergreens. The lawn and enlarged walkway that borders the garden will insure that the space continues to be the center of many Museum events.
Member Mary Delgado was featured in Local Flavor Magazine for her conservation efforts
The text reads:
I am a member of the Santa Fe Garden Club, and within the club, I am on the Conservation Committee. Besides dispersing money to worthwhile organizations within the community and state, this committee is also dedicated to an area of river to clean on a regular basis. Originally, I would sign up and occasionally clean the area, and [I] eventually just started handling the whole operation. It takes some coordination, including arranging two volunteers twice per month, making sure they have the necessary tools and training. Then there are reports to write! Sometimes, when no one volunteers, I’ll just go down and clean it myself. Occasionally, my husband Dan will stand on the Delgado Street Bridge and watch over me! I want to see the river be a beautiful, safe place that all of our citizens and visitors can enjoy.
Anne May of Santa Fe Garden Club, Zone XII won Best in Show and the Sandra Baylor Novice Award at the 2017 GCA Annual Meeting Flower Show, Maryland in May. She entered the Maryland Writers and Musicians class and “Tom Clancy” was the writer she chose to interpret. As the judges said, Anne is “clearly and presently no longer a novice!” Congratulations on a job well done! (p.2)
BIS Citation: Chaotic tension of forms have been combined to produce total harmony. (p.11)
STATEMENT OF INTENT: Tom Clancy The father of Techno-Thriller Fiction, Clancy masters chaos! His novels intertwine explosive geo-political suspense, cutting edge weapon systems and tension filled plot twists.
Plant Material: Strelitziae reginae (Bird of Paradise), Phormium tenax (New Zealand Flax or Hapene Leaves)
The garden club paid for the planters for the burro in Burro Alley and the city maintains the plants. (We “named” the burro Flora–it’s not an official city designation.)
It began with a painting by Mikki Senkarik that portrayed the 1988 Homage to the Burro sculpture by Charles Southard that is located in Burro Alley resplendent with flowers. From this inspiration, the 2016 Provisional Class of the Santa Fe Garden Club began investigating the installation of planters to grace the sculpture. To promote the project the burro required a name, so she was dubbed Flora and the project became known as Flowers for Flora. Collaborating with Richard Thompson, the Director of the Santa Fe Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as Andrew Garcia, the Santa Fe City Horticulturist, the project was shepherded through the Historical Commission and other city agencies. Thanks to the overwhelming support of Santa Fe Garden Club, the 2016 Provisional Class of Pat Hamilton, Anne May, Shirley Reichstadt and Sue Vinton raised the $2000 needed to purchase two large rectangular planters to flank Flora. These were installed in the late summer of 2016. The planting and ongoing irrigation of the planters is provided by the Santa Fe Park and Recreation Department and under the watchful eye of Andrew Garcia. In 2018 Mr. Garcia was presented with the Santa Fe Garden Club’s Civic Award to thank him for his involvement and support of Flowers for Flora.
Grant presentation to Clayton Bass, Executor Director Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
2017 GCA Funders Fund Award of $10,000.00. Another donation of $25,000 was an initial gift at the beginning of construction.
To stimulate the knowledge and the love of gardening… to restore, improve and protect the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation, civic improvement, and education.
Support the Santa Fe Garden Club
- Anne May takes Newport, RI Flower Show Novice Award Design DivisionJune 28, 2018 - 1:46 pm
- Members Having Fun at 2018 Annual GCA Meeting in San FrancisoMay 10, 2018 - 2:16 pm
- GCA’s 2018 Wonders of Sunset Design Competition in San FranciscoMay 10, 2018 - 2:09 pm
- National Affairs and Legislative Meeting in Washington D.C. 2018April 24, 2018 - 11:29 am
- Featured Member In Santa Fean, April/May 2018April 24, 2018 - 11:09 am