Lush & Lean Workshops


The purpose of the Lush and Lean program is to help residents of Las Cruces make the best use of the limited water resources available by developing and maintaining gardens and landscapes that are also water-wise. Each year the Water Conservation Program hosts a series of workshops on water-wise landscaping, irrigation, gardening, and related topics. The workshops are free and open to the public.

March 7, 2024

Strategies for Successful Vegetable Gardening in Southern New Mexico

Hands in the dirt with a plant in the hands being lifted out of the ground

With our hot summers and low precipitation, growing vegetables in southern New Mexico can be challenging. This presentation will provide strategies and recommendations for growers to cultivate a thriving vegetable harvest in our region. Presented by: Stephanie Walker, Ph.D., Extension Vegetable Specialist, New Mexico State University

March 14, 2024

12 Drought-Tolerant Plants to Make Your Yard Feel Lush, but Lean!

Drought Tolerant Plants in a backyard green and colorsLooking for the best drought-tolerant shade tree, ground cover or ornamental showstopper? We will discuss and provide options for plants that do well locally.You don’t need a “ZERO-scaped” yard to conserve water; we’ll show you how to create a beautiful “Xeriscaped” yard that will save water with just a few select plants. Presented by: Jeff Anderson, M.S., Extension Agronomy and Horticulture Agent, New Mexico State University

March 21, 2024

Make the Most of Your Home’s Landscape

Poppies up closeThis workshop will introduce some basic principles of landscape design and show you how to apply them to your own home landscape. Practical and applicable advice to help you tackle your next landscaping improvement. Presented by: Rachel Gioannini, APLD, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, New Mexico State University

March 28, 2024

What To Know Before Planting Fruit & Nut Trees in Southern New Mexico

Three Peaches up CloseThis presentation will discuss the joys and challenges of growing fruit and nut trees in our desert. Tree species and variety selection, horticultural practices, irrigation, pruning and pest management will be covered. Presented by: Richard Heerema, Ph.D., Extension Pecan Specialist, New Mexico State University

All workshops are free and take place at the Branigan Library, Roadrunner Room, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces.

If you have any questions or would like more information on future workshops please contact Molly New at or call (575) 528-3566.