Recommended Resources


Local Landscaping Resources:

Native Plant Society of New Mexico

New Mexico Rare Plants

The Master Gardener Hotline: (505) 292-7144 March-October, 9:30-2:30 Monday – Friday

New Mexico Garden Clubs resource page

Albuquerque Seed Library


Desert Oasis Teaching Garden

Bernalillo County Master Composters

Xeriscape Council of New Mexico

Think Trees New Mexico

Tree New Mexico

Office of the State Engineer

NM Plant Database

Irrigation Smart Calculator

National Resources:

Gardeners Guild


Sustainable Sites

EPA Water Conservation

Western native plant societies:


California  (link to Manual of California Vegetation)


Nevada (for maps and fact sheets)

New Mexico (for maps and fact sheets)


National Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure:

National Tree Care Resources

Dr. Ed Gilman’s Educational Websites

ISA International Society of Arboricuture

Rocky Mountain Chapter, ISA

Society of Commercial Arborists

Society of Municipal Arborists

UAA Utility Arborist Association

SSA Student Society of Arboriculture

Tree Owner’s Manual

Trees Pay Us Back

Tree Care Industry Association

My Tree – Your Tree’s Benefits

National Arbor Day Foundation

NMSU Extension Service

NM State Forestry Division: Urban and Community Forestry

NM State Forestry Division: Re-Leaf Program

NM Department of Agriculture: Pesticide Compliance Division

Helpful Links

Helpful Links

New Mexico Gas company offers their customers a FREE High Efficient Pack.  Details can be find at:  Get the FREE Pack at

PNM offers customers incentives to replace old washers and dishwashers with new ENERGY STAR appliances. Customers can qualify by having a PNM Home Energy Checkup. Visit or Taking an online energy survey. Visit

Recommended Tree Planting List

Virginia Tech Dendrology

Trees of Corrales Tree Information

My Tree – Your Tree’s Benefits

OSE Water Conservation

Water Conservation Outdoors

Resources and Links

Landscaping Industry:

  • Irrigation Association– The leading membership organization for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users.
  • Xeriscape Council of New Mexico– The Xeriscape Council is education and project oriented. Its primary project is an annual conference on topics in water conservation and landscape.
  • NM Climate Center– Climate stations, ET and hydrology tools and drought information
  • Alliance for Water Efficiency– Landscape, Irrigation and Outdoor Water Use Resource Library. A stakeholder-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.
  • Landscape Watering Guide– Watering by the Numbers, designed for Arizona, provides an east use, step-by-step instruction manual for low desert regions.
  • Smart Water Application Technology (SWAT)– A national partnership initiative of water purveyors and irrigation industry representatives created to promote landscape water use efficiency through the application of state-of-the-art irrigation technologies.


Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants. Mary Irish, Portland Oregon: Timber Press, 2000.

A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Jean-Luc Cartron, David Lightfoot, Jane Mygatt, Sandra Brantley and Timothy Lowrey, Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 2008.

Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens. Janice Busco and Nancy R. Morin, Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

Natural by Design. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

New Mexico Gardener’s Guide, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2005.

New Mexico Plants Made Easy, Jill Brown, Albuquerque, NM, self-published, 2015.

Plants for Natural Gardens. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

Penstemons. Robert Nold, Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 1999.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1 and 2. Brad Lancaster, Tucson, Arizona: Rainsource Press, 2006 and 2008.

Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press (First edition 1987, 2002).

Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest. Nan Sterman, Mary irish, Judith Phillips, and Joe Lamp’l, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2010.

Weeds of the West. Western Society of Weed Science and Cooperative Extension Service, Jackson, Wyoming: University of Wyoming, 1991.


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