PEEC, Historical Society, County Library: Growing Together

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos County Library System and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are teaming up to bring programs about gardening to the community. There will be a series of five workshops, lectures, and events in April and May. 

Gardening and farming have always been part of life on the Pajarito Plateau, from Ancestral Puebloans to Homesteading Farms to Victory Gardens of WWII and the Master Gardeners and hobbyists of today.

In 1944, the community created a space for victory gardens east of the Fuller Lodge lawn. These garden plots were 25 feet by 50 feet and were available to anyone who wanted to start a victory garden.

Many of today’s gardens are much smaller, but they still provide people with purpose, beauty, and sometimes food. The year 2020 saw a resurgence in the cultivation of vegetable and flower gardens. The outdoor, socially-distanced nature of gardening makes it a good choice for this summer, too.  

Gardening on the Pajarito Plateau, however, can be challenging. These workshops will focus on sharing information related to seed-saving and traditional and regional gardening. Our goal is to learn from each other.

So, if you are curious about seed-saving and gardening, we invite you to join us for one or all of these events and visit the local examples of gardens located at the Nature Center, History Museum, and the Demonstration Garden by Ashley Pond. We encourage community members to drop-off their extra, unused seeds for the seed swap at PEEC on Mon, Wed, Fri, or Sat. Contact with questions.

Seed Saving & Seed Libraries: A “Radicle” Idea (online)
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20
Presenter: Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners
Hosted by: PEEC

Seeds From the Garden (online)
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday,  April 29
Presenter: Clayton Brascoupé of the Traditional Native American Farmers Association
Hosted by: Los Alamos County Library System
Register:, events page

Swap and Share: Seeds and Seedlings (in-person)
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8
Hosted by: Los Alamos Historical Society
Location: Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row

The Magic of Mulch
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11
Presenter: Marisa Thomson, NMSU Extension Horticulture Specialist
Hosted by: PEEC