Trees for the Santa Fe Area

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Saturday April 06

1:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location: Udall Building- Upstairs Conference Room, 725 Camino Lejo Santa Fe, NM, 87501

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

Trees are typically the largest and longest lived components in a landscape, serving many roles over time. They should be chosen and sited with care so they can achieve their long term potential. Tracy Neal will discuss deciduous vs. evergreen trees, how fast they grow and how big they get in Santa Fe, what trees need to grow well, how to use trees in the landscape, how to select trees in the nursery, how to properly plant trees and avoid problems later, how to keep trees healthy, how to select and maintain fruit trees, and the 30 best trees for Santa Fe and which trees we should avoid or use with caution.

About Tracy Neal: 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. Since October of 2011, Tracy has dedicated himself to garden consultation and teaching, sharing what he has learned about working in harmony with Nature over the last 40+ years. He 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 for Santa Fe. In 2015 he also developed a list of Recommended Fruit Trees for the Santa Fe Area. As a horticultural consultant to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Tracy has been actively involved in the creation of the new garden on Museum Hill. Tracy has also been a Certified Arborist since 2000 and serves on the Municipal Tree Advisory Board for the City of Santa Fe.