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2011 - Volume 1 Issue 1
Casas Bonitas
Article: Bob Skolnick
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There are numerous locations for purchasing plants and fertilizers in this region, but Ventanas suggests checking out the very versatile area nurseries. In addition to enormous selections, local nursery owners and managers are totally focused on plant life and landscaping and have years of experience dealing with high desert gardening. Temperature and soil differences for Arizona and Southern California-grown plants can be critical to the success of your garden in Las Cruces or El Paso. Long-time relationships allow Ventanas to highly recommend the following for your gardening and landscaping needs:

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1.) Guzman’s Color Your World Garden Center

2.) Sierra Vista Growers

3.) Enchanted Gardens

4.) Nash Patio & Garden Center

Guzman’s Color
Your World

Las Cruces, NM

Sierra Vista Growers
La Union, NM

Enchanted Gardens
Las Cruces, NM

Nash Patio &
Garden Center

El Paso, TX
Guzman’s Color Your World Garden Center is the largest retail gardening store in the Las Cruces area. Owners Gary and Lydia Guzman, both native Las Cruceans, have over 20 years experience in retail gardening management. They carry a large selection of trees, shrubs, seasonal flowers, garden tools and lawn furniture. Their store includes a line of gardening books and their website provides an abundant amount of information on southwestern landscaping and gardening with links to other home and garden websites.

Sierra Vista Growers, northwest of El Paso, was started by Kent Halla in 1987, It is a full service wholesale/retail nursery growing a complete inventory of plants and materials that are appropriate to the Chihuahuan desert. The nursery has grown from 20 acres to over 200. It is also an innovative compost and soil amendment producer and organically farms vegetables and grass-fed cattle and sheep. Over 180,000 square feet of greenhouse space is open to the public and tours can be arranged.

Enchanted Gardens in Las Cruces was opened by Jackye Meinecke in 1998 recognizing the need for a small, intimate gardening center specializing in desert plants. Hundreds of varieties of plants are on display. Jackye lectures, writes columns and articles and conducts classes and workshops regularly to educate customers about plants and designs. She is a designer of small gardens and flowerbeds and provides one-on-one personal service.

Nash Patio & Garden Center is an El Paso landscape and design company with a retail nursery. Mark Nash has been providing creative landscape solutions in the area for over 30 years. Nash Patio & Garden provides upscale furniture and accessories, extremely large shade trees, hard to get shrubs, and exceptional customer service. It is also a complete pond and aquatic center, providing full design and installation of ponds and waterfalls as well as system filters, lights, plant material and Koi fish.

    This book is available from and booksellers everywhere.
Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes
Keyed to Cities and Regions in NM and Adjacent Areas
 -By Baker H. Morrow

  ISBN# 978-0-82631-595-3

If you have ever wondered what type of plants will thrive in your backyard, you need to read Baker Morrow’s book Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes: Keyed to Cities and Regions in New Mexico and Adjacent Areas.

Baker’s book, available in paperback, is 279 pages of carefully guided ideas on what to grow in each region and some specific cities in New Mexico, and some adjacent areas in Colorado, Arizona and El Paso. Baker recommends his top 100 plus species for each location, providing information for the beginning gardener, as well as tips for the well-seasoned gardener.

Not only does Baker explain how to keep plants alive and thriving, he teaches how to create a beautiful landscape despite water restrictions and extremely hot or cold climates – leaving boring gravel coverings and few flowering plants out of the picture. While the book does not entirely focus on xeriscaping, Baker does show how much can be done with species that flourish in every area. Plant lists and full color photographs bring this book to life, making it a must-have for any New Mexico resident, even for those who admire New Mexico vegetation and wonder about names and types of fauna.

Baker has been a landscape architect in Albuquerque for 25 years and is personally acquainted with how things grow in New Mexico. Baker is also the author of A Dictionary of Landscape Architecture. ///
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