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Blooms and evergreens deck the halls through December 30.

December Garden Holidays at the Botanic Garden

Poinsettias grown at the ABQ BioPark. Photo by Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark.

November 27, 2012

Winter is coming, but the ABQ BioPark is bright and beautiful during these cold, short days. December Garden Holidays provides daytime cheer from December 1-30. Get great decorating ideas for holiday celebrations and tour festive displays throughout the Botanic Garden, Aquarium and Zoo. December Garden Holidays is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and is included with regular admission.

Members of the media are invited to the Botanic Garden tomorrow, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. for a December Garden Holidays preview. Horticulturists and volunteers will be arranging evergreens, including incense cedar, princess pine, juniper and silver fir.

"Take a break from the season's busyness with a visit to the BioPark to enjoy the special decorations that are sure to enhance your holiday spirit," said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. "We love to take advantage of Albuquerque's mild winter weather by offering displays both indoors and out."

Artfully arranged Winter Evergreens - including fragrant pine, fir and cedar - greet Botanic Garden and Zoo visitors. An Old-Fashioned Christmas, including a tree and old timey poinsettias, fills the Botanic Garden's adobe farmhouse. Railroad Garden trains hum past Miniature Winter scenes, Tuesdays-Sundays starting at 12:30 p.m. (weather permitting). In the Mediterranean Conservatory, A Retro Holiday dazzles with silver tinsel trees with color wheels, bubble lights, a style of red poinsettias popular in the 1950s, and hanging baskets of 'Jingle Bells' poinsettias mixed with white flowers that hint at snow. Red and white Kalanchoes compliment the Desert Conservatory's Southwest theme. A seashell-decorated tree and coral-colored poinsettias take Aquarium visitors Under the Sea. Beautiful trees covered in treats for wild birds and roaming peacocks transform the Zoo into a Winter Wildlife Wonderland. Dozens of red poinsettias make it A Classic Holiday in Tropical America and Cottonwood Café.

Shark Reef Café guests can enjoy hot cider made from apples grown at the Heritage Farm. And Garden Gift Shop visitors can bring December Garden Holidays to their own homes by purchasing poinsettias lovingly grown by BioPark staff. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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