Pinus edulis (Pinyon Pine), native to CA's desert mountains; east to AZ, NM, TX; north to WY. Pinaceae. My new favorite pine tree! As the epithet "edulis" announces these trees yield edible pine seeds, which were eaten by Native Americans of the Southwestern U.S.A. and are still enjoyed today. Plus, Pinus edulis is the state tree of New Mexico!
Quercus buckleyi (Texas Red Oak), native to Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Fagaceae. The trees in this Botanical Garden are young, as it only opened in 2013, and it is still a work in progress.
Agave neomexicana ( New Mexico Agave),native to Texas and New Mexico. Agavaceae.
Opuntia aurea ( Beavertail Prickly Pear), native to Southwestern United States. Cactaceae.
Quercus muehlenbergii (Chinquapin Oak, Yellow Chestnut Oak), native to central and eastern U.S. Fagaceae. Edible, sweet acorns. Named for Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753–1815), a Lutheran pastor and amateur botanist in Pennsylvania. Muhlenberg did not spell his name with the "ue," but, due to an unfortunate error, the specific epithet of the tree meant to honor him misspells his name.
NEW MEXICO POST OFFICE - Raven. This is one of 23 sculptures created by artist Dan Ostermiller in a show called "Gardens Gone Wild," on exhibition through May 12, 2019. From bears to chickens, all of the bronze statues seem harmonious with the surrounding botanical garden.
Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her botany Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, where she is a volunteer tour guide.