Judith Phillips is a landscape designer and writer focused on aridadapted plants and sustainable landscaping. She studied anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo; moved to New Mexico to continue in that field, became interested in indigenous plants and embarked on a self-designed work-study program as no academic options were offered in that area in the 1970's. As a part-time faculty member in the Landscape Architecture Program, she teaches LA 559, Plants II, native and arid-adapted plants for landscape architecture.
Community volunteer activities include founding board member, Amigos de Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge since 2007; member, Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Resources Advisory Committee, 2004 to 2006; founding member of New Mexico Xeriscape Council; lifetime member of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico. Her most recent book length publication is New Mexico Gardener's Guide, Revised Edition, 2005. She has been honored to receive the Phoenix Home and Garden Southwest Masters Award 2007, Commissioner's Special Recognition Award, New Mexico State Land Office 2002, Native Plant Society of Texas Carroll Abbott Memorial Award for Natural by Design and Plants for Natural Gardens 1996 and the City of Albuquerque Outstanding Achievement Award in the cause of water conservation 1995. Leisure time is spent walking and talking with family and friends, traveling and reading.