Chihuahuan desert plants like autumn sage, hummingbird mints, and desert willow trees thrive in the gardens that David Salman, president of Santa Fe Greenhouses, oversees.
This wouldn’t be unusual…in the Chihuahuan desert. But Salman’s display gardens are hundreds of miles north of the desert in Santa Fe. Thirty years ago, these plants wouldn’t have survived that city’s high elevation and chilly winters.
And that’s not the only change in New Mexico. Santa Fe has seen better fruit and vegetable gardens over the last 10 growing seasons, and fruits like cantaloupes, which barely stood a chance before, now grow.