LLASC Learning Garden

Welcome sign at the entrance to the LLASC Learning Garden
Gaillardia aristata flowers in the LLASC Learning Garden
Gaillardia aristata flowers in bloom

At the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center, we established a learning garden in 2018, with the intent to cultivate an educational experience focused around sustainable gardening practices and integrative pest management (IPM). Through our Learning Garden we intend to bring both a sensory and exploratory learning experience to the surrounding Valencia county community.

Due to the aridity of the climate in New Mexico, plants must overcome poor soil quality coupled with extremely high temperatures and minimal precipitation. Understanding the best growing practices whether it be for pollinator health or human consumption can help us work towards a more sustainable future. The LLASC Learning Garden currently features 28 species of native perennial flowers, 8 species of native grasses, vegetables and herbs, and cacti. Come and get your hands dirty as we explore and demonstrate what can be grown in our area!

Help us track insects and wildlife activity in the Learning Garden by contributing observations to our iNaturalist project.

Before and after image of the LLASC Learning Garden
Stages of development
Before and after image of the LLASC Learning Garden
Stages of development
Before and after image of the LLASC Learning Garden
Stages of development