Santa Fe Landscaping from the Ground Up

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Saturday March 23

1:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Cost: SFBG members $15/Not-yet-member $25.

New Mexico offers many challenges to gardeners, including poor soil, high winds, and erratic precipitation and temperature patterns. This class is designed as a half day crash-course on how to establish a successful landscape in Northern New Mexico. From nourishing the soil to choosing the right plants, Tracy Neal will teach you how to create a beautiful and successful garden in our area. He will share his over 40 years of experience in New Mexico as a nurseryman, landscaper and arborist, giving you the information you need for a landscape that meets the challenges of the present and the future.

About the instructor: Having worked in Albuquerque nurseries since 1974, Tracy Neal moved to Santa Fe in 1986 to manage the nursery at Santa Fe Greenhouses. From 1995 to 2011, he worked as the horticulturist and co-designer at two landscape design/build firms that he founded with partners. He now works as a private consultant and teacher and offers classes through the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, the Santa Fe Community College, and the Master Gardener program.


In 2001, Tracy served on the task force that helped develop the new landscape ordinance for the City of Santa Fe. At that time he also compiled the Recommended Woody Plant List for the City of Santa Fe, which he revised in 2014 to take into account expected effects of climate change. In 2015, working with some professional Santa Fe gardeners, he also created the Low Water Use Plant List for Santa Fe and the Shade Tolerant Plant List. In 2015 he also developed a list of Recommended Fruit Trees for the Santa Fe Area. Tracy has also been a Certified Arborist since 2000 and serves on the Municipal Tree Advisory Board for the City of Santa Fe.