“10,000 sq-ft glass conservatory”
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden at the ABQ BioPark is located on 52 acres of land, nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Albuquerque Aquarium. It includes a 10,000 square-foot glass conservatory, a 10-acre Heritage Farm, the PNM Butterfly Pavilion, a Japanese Garden, a model train display, and a whimsical Children’s Fantasy Garden. The Botanic Garden embraces the BioPark’s mission to demonstrate and celebrate the horticultural and agricultural traditions of the Rio Grande Valley. It opened to the public on December 5, 1996.
The Botanical Gardens are lovely. I go at least once a year, if not twice. I love packing up a lunch and sitting out by the water. When the winter hits and all the flowers die, the River of Lights is put on. Certainly something you should see if you're in Albuquerque and want to escape the dessert for a bit :P Seriously though, it has a great variety of plants and the River of Lights is spectacular. Just be sure to get there before the gates open.
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Rio Grande Botanic Garden
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