Southwest architecture often incorporates arched adobe walls. Adobe is a mixture of mud and clay soil with straw, that early Southwestern settlers used as a durable and inexpensive way to build their homes. The thick adobe walls kept the homes cool in the hot summers and warm in the winters. Interestingly, superstition dictated blue as the paint to go around windows and doors to protect evil spirits from entering. For others, it symbolized the Virgin Mary's blue mantle, also invoking her protection from evil forces. The soft brown color of the adobe came from the natural color of the soil.
(Note: We intend to build an arched adobe gate in this garden in 2023) Photo: Southwestern Landscaping, Houszz.com
Discovery Point #2
Take a walk through our Curandera Garden. A Curandera is a Latina woman who uses herbs and plants to treat and cure medical ailments. She often incorporates spirituality, psychology, and a bit of magic to treat her patients. In this Curandera garden, we have many plants with medicinal properties, for instance the plant, Beebalm Monarda menthaefolia can treat coughs, calm anxiety and help stomach ailments. The scarlet variety attracts hummingbirds. There are also Curanderos who are men folk healers.
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The Durango Botanic Gardens are physically located at the Durango Public Library, to the north and east of the library. The library is located at 1900 E. 3rd Ave., Durango.
There is no admission charge. Stroll the gardens yourself (there is ample signage in most gardens) or call us at 970-880-4841 to arrange a group tour. See our Information Tab for more.
DURANGO BOTANIC GARDENS
10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO 81301