How to get Started on Your Own Penstemon Garden

By Sandra West


On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips, and photos to get you started on your own penstemon garden. This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).Larry has been growing penstemons for over 40 years, and he began work on the nature center penstemon gardens in 2015. He received a special projects grant from the American Penstemon Society in 2016 to help support garden construction. The gardens now contain approximately 2,000 plants including representatives from 100 different species and 40 subspecies, color forms, or hybrids.
Deaven also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in human cytogenetics and human molecular genetics until he retired as the Director of the Center for Human Genome Studies in 2003. Although his primary education was in mammalian cell genetics, he also studied plant genetics, botany, and horticulture before coming to Los Alamos in 1971.
This presentation will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.

For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit, email or call (505) 662-0460.

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