Rio Grande Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is a part of the Albuquerque Biological Park, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small part or one that should be ignored! Indeed, the Botanic Garden is a massive place with 36 acres dedicated to all kinds of plants and the animals that frequent them.
Within the gardens you will find many exhibits, each with its own theme or selection of plants that will have you marveling and taking plenty of photos! Here you will find Old World Walled Gardens, Mediterranean Conservatory, Desert Conservatory, Camino de Colores, Rio Grande Heritage Farm, Sasebo Japanese Garden, Curandera Garden, PNM Butterfly Pavilion, Railroad Garden, Children’s Fantasy Garden, and the Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond.
Not only will you see plants and flowers that you’ve never seen before, but you will also be amazed at the myriad of butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and more that love to flutter over them looking for nectar and tasty things to eat. Plants are not only from the areas of New Mexico and beyond, but from far reaches such as Australia,Chile,Japan, and many others, carefully housed in glass conservatories when necessary.
There are also dozens and dozens of trees not only in the Botanic Gardens, but throughout the Bio Park. Fun additional sections make things even more interesting, such as the huge pretend vegetables and occasional dragon in the Children’s Fantasy Garden.
Though it is a part of the Bio Park, the Botanic Garden truly does deserve an entire day for the best in exploration and enjoyment. You can grab a bite to eat while there, or bring your own lunch and stop to picnic at Tingley Beach.