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The Chile Pepper Institute is the only international, non-profit organization devoted to education and research related to Capsicum or chile peppers. Established in 1992, the Institute builds on the research of chile peppers since the famous horticulturalist FabianGarcia (the father of the U.S. chile pepper industry) began standardizing chile pepper varieties in 1888. The Institute is located on the New Mexico State University campus, Las Cruces, NM in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265 (575-646-3028). In the Institute visitors will discover chile research posters, chile pepper books, art, and hundreds of high-demand and hard-to-find chile pepper seed varieties. Download our 2015 Merchandise Catalog here.

Chile pepper research is conducted at the Fabian Garcia Horticultural Center on the corner of University Avenue and Main Street, Las Cruces, NM. The Horticulture Center hosts a seasonal public teaching and touring garden showcasing 150 chile pepper varieties from around the world.

 

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The Chile Pepper Institute will have its annual Spring Plant Sale from Tuesday, April 14 to Friday April 17 from 9:00am to 6:00 pm each day at the Fabian Garcia Horticulture Science Center located at 118 West University Ave.  A large selection of chile pepper, tomato, eggplant and herb plants will be available for $4.00 per plant.