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Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Gardens
|Date opened||5 December 1996|
January 1st, Thanksgiving,December 25th.
|Location||Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Coordinates||35.0933 N 106.6813 W|
|Land area||36 acres (15 ha)|
|Memberships||American Public Gardens Association|
Old World Walled Gardens, Mediterranean Conservatory, Desert Conservatory, Camino de Colores, Rio Grande Heritage Farm, Sasebo Japanese Garden, Butterfly Pavilion, Railroad Garden, Children's Fantasy Garden, Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond, Cottonwood Gallery,BUGarium
The ABQ Biopark Botanic Garden is a 36-acre (15 ha) botanical garden located at 2601 Central Avenue NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico, beside the Rio Grande. The garden showcases plants of the Southwest and other arid climates, and includes a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) conservatory, formal themed gardens, and a demonstration garden. One wing of the glass conservatory houses plants native to the Mediterranean climates zones of Spain, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, Chile and California. A second wing features xeric plants from North American deserts. Paths behind the conservatory showcase New Mexico Habitats, including desert, grasslands, lava flows and sandhills. Medicinal plants are highlighted in El Jardin de la Curandera. Railroad Hill includes miniature trains and villages, and Children's Fantasy Garden is a "garden" of gigantic vegetables and insects . From mid-May through September, the PNM Butterfly Pavilion showcases hundreds of North American butterflies. The Heritage Farm represents farm life along the Rio Grande in the 1920s and 1930s, and Colores offers delights in every season with blossoms, seed pods and interesting foliage. Opened in the fall of 2007, Sasebo Japanese Garden features a 16-foot waterfall that tumbles into a large pond, surrounded by winding paths.
Gates open 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m. daily
Park closes at 5p.m.
The gardens contains a series of outdoor and indoor spaces:
Winter Wool Festival- An event held at the Heritage Farm to celebrate the connections between plants, animals and people! Watch artisans at work, learn about natural dyes made from plants and follow the process used to turn Navajo Churro sheep wool into sweaters and blankets.
Earth Day- One of the biggest events at the botanic garden, Earth Day is a day when visitors can learn more about our planet and what they can do to protect the animals and plants that inhabit the Earth. Discovery stations and hands-on activities are set up around grounds to introduce visitors to the wonders of nature.
Children's Seed Festival-Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. Celebrate the connections between seeds, plants and humans with some "seed-happy" people during this annual event at the Children's Fantasy Garden.
National Public Gardens Day-Visitors can learn more about gardening, the environment, and how to grow plants and use water wisely. Garden staff are on hand to offer tips on home gardening and landscape design.
Summer Night's Concert- Summer Nights concerts feature an array of musical styles performed by local and regional talent on Thursday evenings in the beautiful setting of the Rio Grande Botanic Garden.
River of Lights- An event held every year as a fundraiser for the BioPark to support various ABQ BioPark projects. Each year it showcases many displays and new sculptures every year that are created by the BioParks artist and craftsmen.
Desert Conservatory: Manfreda (Manfreda sp.), Banana yucca (Yucca baccata), Ladyfinger Cactus (Echinocereus pentalophus), Beehive Cactus (Echinocereus coccineus), Plumbago (Plumbago scandens), Baja fairyduster (Calliandra California), Littleleaf palo verde (Cercidium macrophyllum), Shrubby euphorbia (Euphorbia xantii), Morkillia (Morkillia acuminate), Creosote (Larrea tridentate), Trumpet flower (Tecomeria spp.), Chuparosa (Justicia californica, J. candicans and J. sonorae), Damianita (Chrysactinia Mexicana).
Mediterranean Conservatory: Kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos flavidas), Sweet garlic (Tulbaghia fragrans), Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea), 'Orange Drop' fotnight lily (Dietes cultivar),Peacock flower (Dietes bicolor), Large wild iris (Dietes grandiflora), Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), Cape mallow (Anisodontea x hypomandaum), Grey-leaved Rockrose (Cistus albidus), Rockrose (Cistus x hybridus), Sunset rockrose (Cistus x pulverulentus "Sunset"), Rockrose (Cistus x verguinii), Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus), Natal plum (Carissa grandiflora), Oleander (Nerium oleander 'Sister Agnus'), Pride of Madeira (Echium fastuosum), Jasmine (Jasminum odoratissimum), Island snapdragon (Galvezia speciose), Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis), Monkeyflower (Mimulus longifolius), Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender (Lavandula spp.), Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa), Andean silver-leaf sage (Salvia discolor).
Outdoor Grounds: Daffodil (Narcissus cultivars), Tulip (Tulipa cultivars), Iris (Iris cultivars), Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), Red barberry (Mahonia haematocarpa), Creeping barberry (Mahonia repens), Algerita (Mahonia trifoliolata), Yellow columbine (Aqulegia chrysantha), Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), Sea thrift (Armeria spp.), Violet (Viola cultivars), Texas madrone (Arbutus texana), Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa), Crabapples and colonnade apples (Malus cultivars), Kwanzan Cherry (Prunus serrulata), Roses, assorted (Rosa sp.), Golden current (Ribes aureum), Coralbells (Heuchera sanguinea), Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis), Spainsh Broom (Spartium junceum), Purple robe locust (Robinia "Purple Robe"), Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda), Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis), Red-Twig dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), Texas buckeye (Ungnadia speciose), Three-leaf sumac (Rhus trilobata), Lilacs (Syringa spp.), Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), Rough Verbena (Verbena rigida), Ajuga (Ajuga reptans), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Cherry sage (Salvia greggii), Red valerian (Centranthus ruber), Glossey abelia (Abelia grandiflora), Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina), Mat daisy (Anacyclus depressus), Chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata),Angelina daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis), Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Ex Situ Plant Collection: Sacramento prickly poppy (Argemonpleiacanthassp. pinnaeusecta), New Mexico beardtongue (Penstemon neomexicanus), Wright's marsh thistle (Cirsium wrightii), Fugate's amsonia (Amsonia fugatei), Holy Ghost ipomopsis (Ipomopsis sancti-spiritus), Lesse yellow lady's slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum), Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis), Osha (Ligusticum porter), Elkweed (Frasera speciosa), Santa Fe cholla (Cylindropuntia viridiflora), El Paso pricklypear (Opuntia arenaria).
Oaks: Arizona white oak (Quercus arizonica), Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), Texas red oak (Quercus buckleyi), Scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea), Emperor oak (Quercus dentate), Texas live oak (Quercus fusiformis), Gambel's oak (Quercus gambelii), Sliver-leaf oak (Quercus hypoleucoides), Valley oak (Quercus lobata), Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa), Chinquapin oak (Quercus muhlenbergia), Pin oak (Quercus palustris), English oak (Quercus robur), Net-leaf oak (Quercus rugosa), Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii), Cork oak (Quercus suber), Scrub live oak (Quercus turinella), Wavy-leaf oak (Quercus undulata).