Designing Shared Habitat

On Wednesday January 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the NM Museum of Natural History (1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque), the public is invited to a program on designing shared habitat with New Mexico’s native plants presented by landscape designer and author Judith Phillips.
Landscape designer and author, Judith Phillips presents a “warm-up” for our chapter’s Habitat Landscape Workshop on February 10-11th. Nature is orderly and beautiful unless uncommon disturbance upsets balances and triggers adaptive change to recover an equilibrium. Design to create habitat adapts natural patterns that depend upon topography, exposure, available moisture and use of the site to accommodate present and potential inhabitants from insects to humans. This talk is a virtual tour of beautiful landscapes describing design options based on the site conditions and the desires of homeowners.
Judith Phillips is a landscape designer who prefers working with native and xeric plants because they are beautiful, conserve water, and support wildlife. She has written five books and numerous articles encouraging people to garden with a passion for the high desert. Her newest book, Growing the Southwest Garden,concerns the climate-driven changes, new extremes facing western gardeners.  She teaches an arid-adapted plants class in the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of New Mexico.

A short chapter meeting precedes the talk.  Native plant books will be on display and available for purchase.  This free public program is sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Mexico.