Museum's greenhouse turns 5 years old

Mar 24, 2014

The greenhouse at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum turned five years old this month and the facility has become a valuable part of the museum.

The 2,640-square-foot structure opened to the public on March 14 in 2009 with a plant sale during the annual Cowboy Days festival. The plants sold then were all brought to the museum from a wholesale nursery.

Now, all of the plants in the greenhouse are propagated there, and the facility offers sales to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors to the greenhouse only are not charged admission to the museum, but are asked to stop by the lobby desk before proceeding to the facility.

The list of plants for sale is long and diverse. Vegetables such as tomatoes, tomatillos, okra, squash are available, as well as a huge variety of peppers and chile, including Anaheim, Poblano, serrano, jalapeņo, Big Jim and more.

Some of the types of flowers for sale include petunias, begonia, zinnia, verbenia, dianthus, honeysuckle, geranium and alyssum, just to name a few. Herbs also are a big part of the ongoing greenhouse sale, featuring parsley, spearmint, thyme, chives, echinacea, chamomile and many others. There are also aloe plants, yucca, agave and more.

The prices for the plants are low, with most between $2 and $8.

Aside from the sales, the greenhouse is used for occasional workshops and classes for people of all ages. The greenhouse features the most modern equipment. It has a retractable shade structure, three different types of fans, as well as heaters and coolers. Eventually, the Greenhouse will be able to produce six different climates within its clear walls.

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For information contact Craig Massey at craig.massey@state.nm.us.