The history of Parker’s Farm and Greenhouse goes back four generations. Bill Williams and Ada Bassett came to New Mexico with their families in 1907 from Missouri. They met and married in 1915 and acquired the ranch in Edgewood in 1932. Bill and Ada raised Charolais cattle, milked cows and raised a flock of 1000 White Leghorns. Their only daughter Gracial, married Kenneth Parker in 1939. They lived in a two room adobe home on the ranch and had four boys: Ancel, Eddie, Ricky and Kevin. The family left the ranch in 1954 and it was abandoned for eighteen years. Ricky came back to the ranch in 1972 and started to rebuild. Ricky met Monika in 1973 and they planted an orchard and a large vegetable garden together. They began truck farming in 1975 and sold vegetables in Albuquerque for 25 years. Ricky and Monika also raised two children, daughter Sarah born in 1980 and son Andy in 1982. Monika’s flower garden was established in 1990 eventually growing to a bit more than three acres. In 1991 the family started to make the switch from vegetable farming to horticultural greenhouse production. Ricky and Monika along with their son Andy have been in the nursery business for twenty-one years.
Parker’s Greenhouse grows garden plants for the people who live on the east side of New Mexico’s Sandia Mountains, which includes the foothills and the high desert plains. We specialize in a diverse variety of acclimatized plants for those who garden 6,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level. We grow 90% of our perennials and annuals from seed, mix our own soils and bareroot all of our trees and shrubs. We sell plants only. We do not sell pots, garden furniture, top soil, potting soils, mulch, herbicides, pesticides, etc.
The Parker’s also provide guidance and inspiration to anyone wanting to learn about gardening. We keep your personal needs and resources in mind while helping you choose the right plant for the right place. High altitude gardening has its unique challenges and we have the experience to help you meet them.
Inspiration comes in the form of Monika’s garden. The gardens are designed as a series of garden spaces, each with it’s own theme. There is the Victorian garden for those who treasure flowers, trees and shrubs set in formality. The Japanese inspired pond garden, with its zig zag bridge, feels silent and meditative. The Mountain garden is filled with evergreens, wild flowers and penstemon and uses the seven principles of xeric gardening . The orchard and fruit garden is for those who want function along with their beauty. The native grass meadow is for those who want to learn how they might include native grasses in their garden plans. Each garden flows into the other and unites the entire garden giving one a feeling of abundance, peace and accomplishment. It’s those feelings we wish to help you create within your own garden.
WHAT IF I TOLD YOU PIGS CAN FLY?
I think of our garden as my art. A quote from Louisa Jones reflects how I feel ” A work of art interests the eye, excites the brain and moves the mind to reflection. It should stop you short in wonder.” My garden does all of these things. 43 years ago Ricky and I were told we could never farm here. We were told “When pigs fly, you might succeed.” We grew acres of vegetables for 25 years. Nearly 30 years ago I started this garden and was told I could never succeed and when I did was told that it was not the right kind of garden and that it just didn’t fit. It doesn’t. But it was and is my dream. It’s not just a design or style but a piece of nature like no other. There are times in the mornings that my heart just aches because of the beauty in it. I hope you can see it too. Sincerely, Monika Parker
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