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Inside the 1934 La Quinta ballroom with chairs set up for a lecture

Dr. Armin Rembe Lecture Series at La Quinta

Dr. Armin Rembe Lecture Series at La Quinta is a monthly event in honor of Dr. Rembe, who passed away in 2021. The series is inspired by his love of Los Poblanos, his curiosity, intelligence and community relationships. This series celebrates his legacy by promoting stimulating conversations rooted in the core values and mission of Los Poblanos. The series also reflects the rich history of La Quinta Cultural Center in the 1930s and 1940s, when the Simms family held events to promote the arts. As we work to preserve La Quinta as an important architectural landmark, we aim to emulate its dynamic programming through our own curated events and experiences. Experience a culturally rich day at La Quinta by joining us for afternoon tea before the evening lecture.

$35 per person

If an evening is sold out, please email with your contact information and specific lecture that you want to attend, and we will add you to the waitlist.

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May 11, 2022: The Gardens of Los Poblanos, Past and Present with Judith Phillips

The gardens of Los Poblanos began as a collaboration between Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms and Rose Greely, one of the first American woman landscape architects. How did these two women, so ahead of their times in many ways, work together to develop a garden in conditions so foreign to both their experience? In her relatively short tenure in New Mexico, Simms, who had been transplanted from the Midwest via Washington DC to this extensive property between the Rio Grande and the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, was to have a permanent impact on the evolution of gardens in the Rio Grande Valley. Today, Los Poblanos is an eco-tourism destination with lodging, spa, dining and organic farming, the guest experience carefully orchestrated by the Rembe family. Their dedication to preserving the history and integrity of the site, maintaining the agricultural ties including acequia irrigation, while making Los Poblanos a sustainably profitable enterprise and doing so by supporting local ecology is written in the landscape. There is a rich story to be told tracing the early plantings to those that will thrive in changing times and a changing climate.

About Judith Phillips: Judith Phillips is a landscape designer who prefers working with native and arid-adapted plants because they are beautiful, save water and support wildlife. After more than 40 years, garden design remains fresh because there is always something new to learn and because she works with people excited by what their gardens will become. Judith has written six books and numerous articles encouraging people to garden with a passion for the high desert. Growing the Southwest Garden is concerned with climate-driven changes, new extremes facing western gardeners. Previous titles include Natural by Design, the companion volume Plants for Natural Gardens and Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants all published by the Museum of New Mexico Press. For 20 years she taught an arid-adapted plants class in the Landscape Architecture Master’s Program at the University of New Mexico and continues to consult with students independently. Working on plant selection for the gardens of Los Poblanos was a challenge and a joy and writing The Gardens of Los Poblanos became a deeper dive into the context of the gardens, not only ecologically but culturally.


A Note on Online Booking

If you'd like to reserve more than one ticket, please note you'll need to log in first. Then, add names to the "selected member" section. Once you've added each attendee's name, hit "book class" and proceed to the reservation details page. Make sure everyone's name is listed, and then click "register" to continue making the reservation. To add another attendee, click the back button on your browser and navigate to the page with lecture details where you can then add another guest. If you have any trouble completing your reservation, please contact us at 505-308-3447.