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Prep Your Indoor Winter Garden at Museum Workshop

With monsoons, 100 degree weather, and gardens in full production, it’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner! Join the Museum of Nature and Science, Las Cruces Tree Stewards, and Branigan Cultural Center to get in gear for your fall and winter gardens with a morning of fun activities for young and old alike on Saturday, September 20, 10am-noon, at Branigan Cultural Center. The program is free and open to the public.

The workshop will provide several different ways to start an indoor winter garden, with complexity and style suited to a range of ages and abilities. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, including the popular Ask a Tree Steward for all your tree needs.



10 am: City of Las Cruces arborist Les Finley and the Museum of Nature and Science’s Family Science Saturday series present: “Right tree, Right place, Right way” in the MoNaS classroom. Learn how, where and when to plant your native and desert-adapted trees, followed by a desert willow seedling giveaway.

11 am: gardening activities in the Branigan Cultural Center courtyard:

  1. Ask a Tree Steward

  2. Building an Indoor Terrarium

  3. Plant your Winter Edible Plant Windowbox

  4. Create a Self-Watering Planter with Recycled Materials

  5. Seed and Leaf Identification

This September, Branigan Cultural Center is featuring three new exhibitsblown: paintings by rwmullenix, Distorted Senses of Proportion by Rachel Abrams, and J.W. Fike’s Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent. A common thread through these exhibits is the importance of plant life and plant parts as artistic inspiration. Programming throughout the month of September will highlight this theme, bringing visitors lectures and activities that connect to our local flora.

Family Science Saturday classes are an exploration into the many facets of science.  Classes are open to science enthusiasts of all ages and take place every Saturday at 10am at the Museum of Nature and Science. See the Museum’s website, Facebook page, or quarterly programming guide for topics.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. The Museum of Nature and Science is located at 411 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm and admission is free. The Branigan will be reopening after renovation for the First Friday Arts Ramble on September 5. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s Facebook page or website at

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