EXPLORE THE PARK
Points of Interest
Common Trumpet Vine
Bird and Butterfly Garden
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.
Peace Tree Entry
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.
The Arroyo area is meant to be a naturalistic interpretation of an arroyo, and is made up of all native trees and plants.
Acequia Madre Cottonwood Bosque
The overall intent of the Cottonwood Bosque is to create a shady naturalistic riparian ecozone with an understory of shrubs and wildflower meadows.
Cerrillos Road Orchards
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.
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.
PLANTS VARY BY SEASON AND USERS OF THE GARDEN PLOTS
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.