The BLM-Anasazi Heritage Center joins Cliffrose, Your High Desert Gardens, in Cortez as the only Plant Select Demonstration Gardens in southwestern Colorado. The closest other Demonstration Gardens are the San Miguel County Fairgrounds and Montrose Botanic Garden.
The Plant Select Demonstration Garden Project at the BLM-Anasazi Heritage Center is part of a cooperative program with Colorado State University Extension Montezuma County Master Gardeners. With their help, the Heritage Center is expanding its educational program about native and garden plants and upgrading the landscaping around the entry and parking areas of the museum.
“We are very excited about the improvements this project will make for our visitors. The timing is perfect with the recent upgrade of our Plaza area,” said LouAnn Jacobson, Heritage Center Director. The new Plant Select plants will be arriving in June. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Heritage Center gardens may call Rene Farias at the Heritage Center.
Plant Select is a very successful plant introduction and promotion program that started more than 25 years ago. It is a cooperative program combining the talents and expertise of Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and landscape and nursery professionals from throughout the Rocky Mountain region. After a rigorous testing and evaluation process, the program chooses several exemplary plants to feature each year. For more information on the Plant Select program, visit www.plantselect.org.
The Anasazi Heritage Center is Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, operated by the Bureau of Land Management since 1988. It is a museum of the Ancestral Puebloan or Anasazi culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region, as well as the starting point for visits to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. The museum features permanent exhibits, 12th-century archaeological sites, special events, and extensive educational and research resources. For more information on the BLM-Anasazi Heritage Center, visit www.co.blm.gov/ahc.