What Worked in Hobbs

Remember my recent post from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs? Here’s what worked out at two projects I co-designed while with a former employer, one decade ago. Photos from 2/25/14 (44F), 3/1/14 (81F, ice storm next day & high 20’s) –

Ben Alexander Student Center: 

Desert Candle and the former incinerator…circular vs. vertical…

greener than Dasylirion wheeleri…
the southwest-facing courtyard…Tornillo, struggling Red Yucca, Dwarf Yaupon Holly…
hence the name for Tornillo or Screwbean…

Western Heritage Museum / Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame:

years later, this is more like my plan than the initial lawn and colroed gravel strips…I do use muhly grasses some…interesting architecture…
volunteer muhly grasses are coming up, as the remaining live oak and desert candles churn on…a new barbed wire fence on the L…must use more native grasses here…
the rear courtyard, another team effort by architect Matt McKim and myself…Longhorn and a Sooner…like how the fountain works here with the tawny Lindheimer Muhly…


Partial Plant List *:

Trees –
Screwbean Mesquite or Tornillo / Prosopis pubescens, Live Oak / Quercus fusiformis

Shrubs –
Dwarf Yaupon Holly / Ilex vomitoria ‘Nana’

Accents –
Desert Candle / Dasylirion leiophyllum, Red Yucca / Hesperaloe parviflora

* I left out plants that didn’t seem to work on that project, including Autumn Sage and some flowering perennials; those are mostly no longer alive in the landscape.


4 Replies to “What Worked in Hobbs”

  1. Nice way to use little, concentrated applications of water in a dry setting. Very effective. A decade later and things look good!

    I’m always into a slab of rock with water emerging! Thanks, a spring trip is now in order…


  2. I love the curves!!!!

    I love your plant selection ….it is perfect!!!!! My eyes like. If they are stunted maybe SEVERLY neglected? Which speaks even more praise towards your design/plant selection.


    Thanks, your check’s in the mail:-) I wish I could take credit for that curved incinerator, but that turned into a cool design element like the building. Oh, to get those live oaks and hesperaloes cared for!!


  3. Of course the first pic was the lead pic.

    LOVE. And Congrats to the test of time.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    You bet! Thanks, test passed, now to get the irrigation fixed!


  4. That fountain in the last shot is quite captivating – I really like the contrast between rock and water, rough and smooth, and especially how the colors under the running water echo those of the sere grasses. It is also interesting to me how the long view of the buildings beyond and the water tower even further back all carry the eye out (and out, and out..). It is a really inviting space (at least in warmer temps!).

    Same here, and it came out well. Too bad the live oaks’ irrigation not working, and they are so small…would have been perfect on a hot day. True on carrying the eye out and out!


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