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Common Trumpet Vine, Campsis radicans

Compact Purple Butterfly Bush
Buddleia davidii nanhoensis

Hollyhocks, Althea rosea

Lavender, ‘Sharon Roberts’, Lavendula angustifolia

Spanish Broom, Spartium junceum

Rosemary, Rosamarinus officinalis ‘Arp’

Golden Raintree, Koelreuteria paniculata

Purple Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii

Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Firecracker Penstemon, Penstemon eatonii

Pineleaf Penstemon, Penstemon pinnifolius

The Gabion Gardens are xeric ornamental gardens that are a local interpretation of long, wide English border gardens. This means they are made up of a mix of native and non-native shrubs, grasses and perennials planted in large drifts, with the biggest plants in the background and the lowest plants in the foreground.

Purple Aster, Aster bigelovii

Mexican Needlegrass, Stipa tenuissima

Palmers Penstemon, Penstemon palmeri

Missouri Evening Primrose, Oenothera macrocarpa

Mormon Tea Blue Varieties, Ephedra nevadensis

Purple Rain Salvia, Salvia verticillate

Sand Penstemon, Penstemon ambiguus

Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia

Winterfat, Ceratoides lantana

Wild Pink Snapdragon, Penstamon spp.

Whirling Butterflies, Gaura lindheimeri

Soaptree Yucca, Yucca elata

Indian Grass, Sorghastrum Nutans

Father Hugo Rose, Rosa hugonis

Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Three Leaf Sumac, Rhus trilobata

Wild Hyssop, Agastache aurantica

Yellow Shrub Rose, Rosa xanthina

Fringed Sage, Artemesia frigida

Fernbush, Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Moonlight Broom, Cytisus scoparius moonlight

These ornamental gardens are aligned along the original historic rail lines that terminated at a station-house that is now the home of Tomasita’s Restaurant. The planting alignment celebrates the rail history of the site, and blocks of plantings along the rail reference the materials that would have been loaded and unloaded along the tracks on a regular basis – hence the mono-plantings. The mix of plantings references the introduction of new ornamental horticultural varieties that arrived with rail commerce.

Horticulturally, these plants are a mix of drought tolerant natives and non-natives that were chosen for their year-round presence – some do disappear entirely in the winter, but many do not.

Parry’s Agave, Agave parryi

Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora

Hardy Geranium, Geranium s ‘Cranesbill’

Blue Mist Spirea, Caryopteris x ‘Clandonennsis’

Blue Avena Grass, Helocotrichon sempirvirens

Fragrant Bearded Iris, Iris germanicus

Texas Red Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora

Yellow Poker, Kniphofia uvaria

Blue Leaf Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia caulescens

Adams Crabapple, Malus adams

French Lavender, Lavendula x Intermedia Provence

Centurion Crabapple, Malus centurion

Snowdrift Crabapple, Malus snowdrift

Gro Low Sumac, Rhus aromatica

Pineleaf Penstemon, Penstemon pinifolius

Dolgo Crabapple, Malus dolgo

The Arroyo area is meant to be a naturalistic interpretation of an arroyo, and is made up of all native trees and plants.

Wolfberry, Lycium pallidum

Silver Buffalo Berry, Shepherdia argentia

Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentilla fruitcosa

Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum

Ponderosa Pine, Pinus ponderosa

Pinon Pine, Pinus edulis

New Mexico Privet, Forestiera neomexicana

Mountain Mahogany, Cercocarpus montanus

Mormon Tea Blue Varieties, Ephedera nevadensis

Honey Locust, Gleditsea triacanthos

Golden Current, Ribes aureum

Gambels Oak, Quercus gambelii

Fernbush, Chamaebatgiaria millefolium

Desert Juniper, Juniperus monosperma

Winterfat, Ceritoides lantana

Winterfat, Ceritoides lantana

Bear Grass, Nolina macrocarpa

Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa

Three Leaf Sumac, Rhus trilobata

Moonlight Broom, Cytisus scoparius

Big Sagebrush, Artemisia filifolia

The overall intent of the Cottonwood Bosque is to create a shady naturalistic riparian ecozone with an understory of shrubs and wildflower meadows.

Beebalm, Monarda sp

Wood Rose, Rosa woodsii

Sulphur Flower, Eriogonum umbellatum

Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Penstemon strictus

Pink Flower Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Sheep Fescue, Festuca ovina

Purple Aster, Aster bigelovii

Tilton, Prunus Spp

Red Delicious Gala and Jonathan, Malus Spp.

The Circular Ramada is filled with mass plantings of roses and Powis Castle Sage. Fleece vine is meant to reach the top of the ramada and then grow wild, forming a halo of white bloom (and shade!). The roses that were originally chosen are all repeat-blooming shrub roses. They all have scent, and the colors range from pink to yellow to orange and red in generally soft shades.

The Powis Castle Sage is meant to run around, through, and under the roses. The sedums in the central circle are meant to run and scramble over the glass, filling out in large patches of distinct varieties and colors.

Rose, Rosa Chihuly

Rose, Rosa Graham Thomas

Rose, Rosa Abraham Darby

Rose, Rosa Morden Centennial

Rose, Rosa Tamora

Rose, Rosa Golden Celebrations

Blue Oakleaf, Stonecrop Sedum Sp.

Wormwood Powis Castle, Artemisia arborescens

Dragons Blood, Stonecrop Sedum Spurium

The Waffle garden is meant to represent historic Pueblo garden traditions, although is not an exact replica of any particular garden. The waffle-shaped planting sections capture and conserve rainwater, allowing dry-land farming practices to be used in an arid climate. This garden space will be planted with mainly traditional crops such as corn, beans and squash, and some other edibles such as herbs and edible flowers.


This area is made up of native ponderosas and picnic grass circles with shade trees. At the south edge of the field is a naturalistic area of native blue grama grass with some oaks, cottonwoods, and a few shade-loving native shrubs.

Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa

Hybrid Elm, Ulmus x

Ponderosa Pine, Pinus ponderosa

Texas Red Oak, Quercus buckleyi


The Railyard Park + Plaza provides a special central gathering place for Santa Fe residents and visitors—a place where Santa Fe comes together. Among the highlights:

A Children’s Play Area designed to promote children’s creativity and activity, including a climbing wall, a water play feature, slides, and special toddler features.

An Outdoor Performance Space for concerts, movies, trapeze shows and other public events

5,000 feet of Bicycle and Walking Trails link to a citywide trail network

The Acequia Madre, a 400-year-old irrigation ditch, feeds trees, gardens and grasses as a historic counterpart to the modern water harvesting system

The Rail Gardens commemorate the Rail History of Santa Fe starting in 1880. 4 rail lines are in place in the Park which represent the original 4 railway lines that called the Park home.
Drought-resistant Gardens include the beautiful Bird and Butterfly Garden and Rail Gardens

Railyard Park + Plaza provides a special central gathering place for Santa Fe residents and visitors—a place where Santa Fe comes together. Among the highlights:

1-childrens-play-areaA Children’s Play Area designed to promote children’s creativity and activity, including a climbing wall, a water play feature, slides, and special toddler features

The Railyard Plaza provides space for the Santa Fe Farmers Market and other community events that draw thousands to the Railyard each week

An innovative Water Harvesting System stores rainwater for plant irrigation to make the park sustainable for the dry climate of Santa Fe

Community Food Gardens filled with native and edible plants are nourished in part by the Acequia Niña, a newly created lateral ditch extending from the Acequia Madre

A peaceful stroll through the Rose Ramada will take you back to the turntable element of railyards in the late 1880’s, which served as the end of the line and turnaround point for trains arriving in Santa Fe as well as the maintenance center.

The Native Bee House provides native bees a pesticide-free shelter and nesting material and is surrounded by all of their favorite pollen sources. There are over 1,000 species of native bees in New Mexico.

The Native Bee House in the Railyard Park utilizes natural materials with tube-shaped holes to house any number of the 1,000 native bee species in New Mexico. Our volunteers even added some tuberous plants to the mix as nesting materials. We are excited about the bees that make Railyard Park their home!

A modern interpretation of a historic Wood Water Tower holds 40,000 gallons of rooftop rainwater and is a Railyard Plaza landmark.

Fogyard by Charles Streeper