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October 12, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator & Director of Outreach

Pueblo Nature Center on the Arkansas River

Xeriscape sometimes suggests harsh, crispy, scary landscapes where a few perennials struggle in a sea of mulch. WRONG! Plant Select and the new wave of cutting edge gardening has nurtured a wealth of really beautiful, really exciting gardens. One of my favorites is the Pueblo Nature Center, a few miles west of Pueblo Boulevard just north of the Arkansas river. Nestled beneath towering buttes (which are encrusted with fabulous wildflowers, many of them rare endemics), a wonderful garden filled with treasures is well worth visiting any day of the year. Right now, the central bed, filled with native grasses, is just breathtaking. The picture above shows that Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), our wonderful native midgrass so abundant along the Front Range piedmont, loves this garden. Bill Adams (see picture below) designed this garden in the early years of this decade, and has overseen its evolution along with a galant band of volunteers. The Pueblo City Council has charged Bill with helping forge a whole new Pueblo style of native and natural landscaping for medians and parks--with enthusiastic cooperation of City architects and park staff. He has been one of my closest collaborators here at the Gardens for nearly 3 decades. Congratulations, Pueblo, on creating a gem of a garden!

Bill Adams in his greenhouse with Ariocarpus fissuratus in bloom


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