A Unique Local Nursery

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!

Enter High Desert Native Plants in El Paso TX –

Eagle Claws Cactus AKA Blue Barrel / Echinocactus horizonthalonius (R front), Texas Rainbow Cactus / Echinocereus dasyacanthus (L)…

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I need to get out more after dinner, now that it’s not that hot anymore. Not that this heat is really that terrible.

A nice mini-library idea…Danger Garden showed one in Portland OR…but this is El Paso, a place some in that other place on I-40 mock

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A large draw to this part of El Paso is being close to so much – nature or going out on the town. And a major university with some interesting plantings, including the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

A few weeks ago, I took an hour to walk through it with curator John White. His relaxed demeanor and knowledge are refreshing.

And when it’s only in the mid-80’s on a sunny July day here, what could be better?

‘Mexican Flame’ Acanthus / Anisacanthus quadrifidus with a well-built rock wall; other fine cultivars of this species are available

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