Colleague and friend Michael Gaglio recently opened a nursery, as a way to store and sell plants he’s been salvaging from local construction and mining operations. His focus is on lower water-use plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion, adjacent areas, plus some other adapted plants. It’s is a refreshingly unique concept from most other regional nurseries.
If Pam at Digging still has her “support your local nursery month” meme, here’s my contribution from far-out West Texas. As in the Trans-Trans Pecos!
You too can enjoy a visit to High Desert Native Plants in El Paso’s Upper Valley, for buying plants that will help your project stand out from the rest.
Buying local goes beyond backyard chicken eggs, clever crafts, or noshing at a farm-to-table restaurant, dontcha’ know?
Buying local includes purchasing and artfully using locally-native plant species in an enticing, water-stingy garden. Oh yeah!
A note: they also stock a hand-full of plants unproven locally, but in time and with good trials, may prove to be an addition to our palette – even if for specialized locations and uses (unpictured are some nice Astrophytum spp.). As well as a few plants that freeze out in colder or even average winters (unpictured are shoestring acacia or the occasional agave). But for customers from other climate zones nearby, such as warmer Presidio or Tucson, that also could work. Which is true for any nursery, given such variables as soils or watering mindsets…not everything will grow on every soil or with the wrong watering, so do your research. Just some fine points to consider.