Botanic garden to brighten NMSU grounds

Thanks to a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticulture Trust to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, a new botanic garden at NMSU’s Las Cruces campus will provide beauty and support ornamental horticulture research.

The garden, which will be free to the public and take several years to build, will be located along East College Avenue, within walking distance from the Las Cruces Convention Center, the Courtyard by Marriot hotel and NMSU’s Heritage Farm. It will be 81,000 square feet and include parking.

The garden will not only further campus research and educational missions, but also allow the Las Cruces community to appreciate and learn about the region’s native plants. Anyone interested in contributing to the garden’s educational space is encouraged to reach out to the NMSU Foundation at 575-646-1613.

The Stanley Smith Horticulture Trust supports education and research in the art and science of ornamental horticulture to foster human interest in shaping, nurturing and appreciating nature’s beauty.

Melissa Rutter ’17