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O’Keeffe garden planned for Museum Hill

SANTA FE, N.M. — Georgia O’Keeffe is known for her paintings of flowers and landscapes, but many people may not know that

she tended a thriving garden in her own plot in Abiquiu.

An offshoot of that garden will take root in Santa Fe — but you may have to wait a few years for it to happen.

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is cooperating with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to take cuttings and other means of propagating plants growing in the late artist’s garden, eventually transplanting them into the Museum Hill garden in Santa Fe.

You’ll have to wait, though. That’s planned for Phase III of the garden, which so far has only opened Phase I. They’re looking at 2017 to open that phase, with an area specifically devoted to O’Keeffe’s plants, said managing director Linda Milbourn.

And don’t expect tropical blooms that graced many of O’Keeffe’s paintings. The artist’s Abiquiu garden mostly has woody plants — trees and shrubs — and some perennials, Milbourn said. “There will be some overlap with the flowers she painted, but it’s not so much about the artwork as the actual garden she kept,” she said.

Since the Botanical Garden doesn’t have the equipment and expertise to propagate the plants itself, that portion of the work will be done by a contractor, she added.