One reason I’m at home (where I downsized to) goes beyond the availability of green chile, skin-cracking dry air, or hearing Spanglish.
It’s all our public open space land, just minutes away here in El Paso.
I took a walk my last time in Marfa, on 11/3/2013 –
Most of Texas has little open land accessible to the public, especially near larger towns and cities, but even including remote Marfa; Albuquerque was well-endowed in nearby public lands, too. I lost track of all the fine, interesting people I met at 2013’s Marfa design symposium, but few were from there. I felt like I was welcoming them to my area, which is the case ecologically, but 3 hours by car.
At the Saturday evening cocktail party, some locals pointed me to places I would have never known about. One was a working ranch’s generous desert grassland preserve.
Marfa averages 12-15″ of precipitation / year, the land rather gentle with well-developed soils, explaining a lusher look than some other desert grassland areas of the Chihuahuan have.
You’ll notice most of the same plants and characteristics of the environment transcend those political lines for hundreds of miles. Try looking more at what plant communities are, as well as similar climates. Then it makes more sense in creating a garden.
You probably realize that political boundaries are often arbitrary and artificial, unrelated to natural features; ecological boundaries are usually not that way. Except to those who have never drawn maps, or who may have spent too much time at Cal Berkeley, CU Boulder or UNM, that is…