On the east side of El Oso Grande Park, residents can find over 90 labelled species of native plants at the Pollination Habitat set up and maintained by the Native Plant Society and the Oso Grande Neighborhood Association.
This tucked away little xeriscape garden not only helps many species from birds to bees thrive but can also be an educational refuge for people as well.
When it comes to learning about what great plants will grow indigenously and thrive locally in gardens and landscaping, this a useful resource for researching what plants one might want to have in their yard as well, or to just learn about the local horticultural possibilities in Albuquerque.
Project Manager and NPS Vice President, Tom Stewart explained over 1000 feet of underground irrigation supplied by the water reservoir tanks just east of the park from the Water Utility Authority has made it possible to install this innovative irrigation system.
Nearby residents such as President of Oso Grande NA said there was an arson fire in the 2010’s that previously decimated most natural growth in the area, and that this habitat has brought a much-needed better aesthetic to the neighborhood.
With help from the city and resident volunteers, Parks and Recs. Department, and a $20k donation from PNM, the group were able to not only make a state-of-the-art irrigation system, volunteers also formed paths, and installed fencing donated by Valley Fencing Co.
With Montoya Campus just next door, CNM also now utilizes the space in their biology classes to educate on native species.
All species of plants added to the habitat are identified and are marked by rock paths.
For more information about the habitat, go to https://osograndena.org/, or to learn more about the native plant society, go to https://www.npsnm.org/.