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Old 03-08-2010, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM (yeah!)
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This forum has been such a great help in our relocation from Kansas. Now we've bought a house and with spring in the air we're ready to make our outdoor space a place to enjoy.

Can someone recommend the best approach for (a) Getting the plants and trees identified that are already in our front yard. (b) Help us figure out what and where to plant and lay out a front courtyard that is only rock and the entire backyard (all rock as well). When I looked online for landscape designers all that I seemed to find were folks that did large scale (commercial) projects. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Burque!
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Try posting on Craigslist for a Student Landscape Architect. Offer some money for a design or suggestions.

If you post photos on this site I'm sure between the bunch we can identify the plants in your yard.
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Marlborough, MA
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I've heard continually good things about High Desert Gardens. We did not use them, we used a less than satisfactory company I would not recommend.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:44 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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(b) Help us figure out what and where to plant and lay out a front courtyard that is only rock and the entire backyard (all rock as well).
Welcome to New Mexico! Here are some good local references and info to get you to understand Xeriscape:

Xeriscape for Beauty and Conservation

GARDENERS'GUILD~HABITAT Hq

Public Xeriscape's To Visit
Rich
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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When all else fails, Albuq Public Library should have an entire section of NM gardening books. There are some excellent ones available.

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Old 03-09-2010, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
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Thumbs up County Extension Office

I am a compelte gardening nut and am a huge fan of County Extension agencies. There is one in Albuquerque. In fact they have a large Master Gardener program whose members have written a book specifically about gardening in ABQ. Here's the link: Albuquerque Master Gardeners, Albuquerque gardening information

Also, check out the NMSU Extension website: NMSU: Cooperative Extension Service - Yard & Garden I have spent many hours there researching plants, xeriscaping, soil...you name it! It's awesome since it is all research based information which ups the odds that you'll succeed at whatever gardening you may try to do.
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