Local educational resources are one click away

We scoured the internet, met with local experts, and pulled together a great educational resource list for you. When you’re ready to dig into all there is to know about landscaping in New Mexico, these resources are ready for you.


Native Plant Society of New Mexico

New Mexico Rare Plants
NM Plant Database
Tree New Mexico
NMSU Extension Service

NM State Forestry Division: Urban and Community Forestry

NM State Forestry Division: Re-Leaf Program

NM Department of Agriculture: Pesticide Compliance Division

Water efficiency/conservation/irrigation/:

Office of the State Engineer
NM Climate Center

The Enchanted Xeriscape

Xeriscape 101

Lean & Green

Irrigation Basics

A Waterwise Guide to Trees

A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting (Spanish version)

The Complete How To Guide to Xeriscape

Xeriscaping: The Complete How To Guide, 2011 Regional Edition

Rainwater Harvesting, Supply from the Sky

Low Volume Irrigation Design and Installation Guide

Using Gray Water in New Mexico’s Residential Landscapes

New Mexico Gray Water Guide

Roof-reliant Landscaping

Irrigation Video Series from OSE


The Master Gardener Hotline: (505) 292-7144 March-October, 9:30-2:30 Monday – Friday
New Mexico Garden Clubs resource page
Albuquerque Seed Library
Desert Oasis Teaching Garden
Bernalillo County Master Composters
Xeriscape Council of New Mexico
Think Trees New Mexico
Desert Blooms Blog

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service


Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants. Mary Irish, Portland Oregon: Timber Press, 2000.

A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Jean-Luc Cartron, David Lightfoot, Jane Mygatt, Sandra Brantley and Timothy Lowrey, Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 2008.

Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest. George Oxford Miller, Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press, 2007

Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens. Janice Busco and Nancy R. Morin, Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

Natural by Design. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

New Mexico Gardener’s Guide, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2005.

New Mexico Plants Made Easy, Jill Brown, Albuquerque, NM, 2015.

Plants for Natural Gardens. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

Penstemons. Robert Nold, Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 1999.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1 and 2. Brad Lancaster, Tucson, Arizona: Rainsource Press, 2006 and 2008.

Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press (First edition 1987, 2002).

Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest. Nan Sterman, Mary Irish, Judith Phillips, and Joe Lamp’l, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2010.

Weeds of the West. Western Society of Weed Science and Cooperative Extension Service, Jackson, Wyoming: University of Wyoming, 1991.

These resources are available at 505outside.com/resources

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