Small garden, not so many variety of plants, and for a $7 admission fee, it is not worth seeing. I visited the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at the Museum Hill as it was just right across the Museum of International Folk Art. The entrance to the garden was a little confusing. If you don’t walk and check a small trailer that was placed sideways relative to the parking lot, you won’t see the ticketing booth.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

After I paid the fee, I asked the staff at the Visitor’s Center how long would it take to see everything in the garden. I was told — only 10 minutes! I was surprised to realize that I just paid $7 for a 10-minute walk in the garden.

Few steps into the garden…

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

If not for the statues along the short trail, I would have left sooner.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Then there was this little orchard.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

For plant lovers, this is probably what you want to see.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

The staff was right. I finished the trail in about 20 minutes (including the time spent taking these photos).

I have been to a number of botanical gardens around the U.S., and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden offered too few things to impress visitors. So if you intend to just see the garden, don’t make the hassle. Instead, I suggest that you spend more time with the other beautiful museums at Museum Hill.

It was no surprise that I was the only one at the garden. No one dared to visit the place on a Sunday afternoon. I saw some visitors who parked their cars, looked around, and then left without even bothering to go inside the Visitor’s Center.

I love Santa Fe, but I will never go back to this garden.

Contact.

Address: 715 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 505-471-9103

April – October Admission
General Admission Adult: $7.00
Senior 65+ & Active Military: $6.00
Students with ID & Children ages 6 and above: $5.00
Children under 6 years old: Free

November – March Admission
General Admission Adult: $3.00
Senior 65+ & Active Military: $3.00
Students with ID & Children ages 6 and above: $3.00
Children under 6 years old: Free

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