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County’s ‘Green Team’ Sets Demonstration Garden Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For Wednesday, April 26

on April 20, 2017 - 4:35pm

Green Team Demonstration Garden near the White Rock Visitor Center and Bandelier Shuttle stop. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County’s employee-based “Green Team” will officially dedicate its new Green Team Demonstration Garden Wednesday, April 26 near the White Rock Visitor Center and Bandelier Shuttle stop on N.M. 4.

The community is invited to join them at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by tours of the garden led by members of the Green Team. Tours will continue until 1 p.m. and include an overview of the plant and materials used. 

The Demonstration Garden project was an opportunity for the Green Team to implement sustainable landscaping practices by selecting native plant varieties that would require minimal water usage and minimal effort to maintain. The landscape design is primarily xeriscape with the largest percentage of landscape area finished with New Mexico Travertine Comanche gravel and speckled with high desert, drought-tolerant plant varieties such as Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis X Acutiflora ‘Karl Foerester’), Butterfly Bushes (Buddlega Davidii), and White Pampas Grass (Cortaderia Selloana). The Green Team also utilized compost from the County’s composting operation, which is an excellent resource offering residents readily available landscaping material at the Eco Station. Compost is also an excellent soil amendment for flower gardens.

The Green Team is a County initiative created several years ago under the community goal of Environmental Stewardship: Enhance environmental quality and sustainability, balancing costs and benefits, including County services and utilities.

Interested employees are invited to join the Green Team, which is dedicated to creating positive environmental change within Los Alamos County. The Green Team promotes environmentally sustainable operating practices such as reducing waste, conserving energy and water, promoting sustainable purchasing practices, and encouraging the use of alternative transportation.

“Designing and building the Demonstration Garden was a team effort,” Green Team member Kirsten Bell said. “It would not have been possible without the help of many devoted Green Team members, as well as installation support from other County employees from various departments.”

Residents interested in learning more about the Green Team Demonstration Garden, or, having group tours of the garden to learn more about sustainable landscaping practices, are welcome to call Angelica Gurule at 505.662.8163 or contact her by email at

For more information on the composting operations and availability of compost during the summer months, visit the Eco Station’s webpage below, or call 505.662.8163.