Make Plans for 2014 FloraFEST – Native Plant Sale


The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens present the 2014 FloraFEST – Native Plant Sale Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus.

FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Shoppers can visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at FloraFEST are not available at local nurseries or retailers.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of FloraFEST, which was created by Wynn Anderson in 1994 as a way to raise funds for the establishment of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP campus. The gardens, which opened in 1999, were created to educate the public about landscaping with plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. Today, the Gardens showcase more than 800 species of native plants and are visited by thousands of people each year.

Join us for this two-day event and take home some of our region’s most beautiful plants. While there, take some time to tour the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

FEATURED LECTURE – Friday, April 25th

Christine Ten Eyck, of the Austin firm Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, will be the featured FloraFEST speaker on Friday, April 25th at the Undergraduate Learning Center. Ten Eyck’s firm was hired by UTEP to design the university’s Campus Transformation Project, now underway. Throughout her career she has led large design teams and worked at diverse scales ranging from resort, campus, healthcare, botanical gardens, river restoration and residential garden design. Ten Eyck has received considerable recognition for her firm’s work, including honor awards from the national ASLA for the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute and the University of Arizona Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory. She was inducted as a Fellow of the ASLA in 2003.


What: 2014 FloraFEST – Native Plant Sale, an anuual fundraiser for the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Where: Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

Information: 747-5565 or 747-8994.

MAKE PLANS – Lecture

What: Featured Lecture with Landscape Artist Christine TenEyck, designer of UTEP’s Campus Transformation Project.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014.

Where: UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center, Room. 106.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Information: 747-5565 or 747-8994.

For Interviews:

John White, Chihuahuan Desert Garden Curator, 747-5335

Denise Rodriguez, El Paso County Horticulture Extension Agent, 860-2515

Media Contact: Maribel Villalva, 747-6669