Working with the Public

Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners are committed to providing the public with the latest, most practical horticultural information currently available. Projects that provide information to the public fall into the following categories: answering gardening questions by phone or email; answering gardening questions in person; and offering education/training classes to the public.

Answering Questions by Phone, Email and in Person

Project NameLocationType
Corrales Grower's MarketCorralesManning information table
Email HotlineYour HomeAnswer questions emailed to SCMG
Home VisitsSites Within Sandoval CountyVisiting homes at the request of homeowners with garden related problems
HotlineExtension OfficeAnswering questions by phone
Placitas Garden TourPlacitasAnswering questions
Plant ClinicsRio RanchoManning information table
Zia Pueblo - Bernalillo Farmer's MarketBernalilloManning information table

Public Speaking/Training

Project NameLocationType
Gardening with the MastersRio RanchoMonthly Presentations
Urban Horticulture BernalilloMonthly Presentations
Sandoval County Seed LibraryRio RanchoPresentations and maintaining library
4 Seasons GardeningRio RanchoMonthly Presentations

Other Annual and Short-Term Community Events

Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners participate in a number of annual community events. To be successful each of these events requires a number of master gardeners. Check with the project chair for details and check the calendar for the exact day.

Corrales Harvest Festival

This two-day event is held in the fall, typically the last weekend in September and features numerous activities for youth and adults. The SEMG is given a number of tents in the youth area of the Corrales Soccer Field to offer a variety of activities for youth, including creation of seed art and seed bomb making. Co-Chairs of this project are Sam Thompson and Sangreeta Kala McCandless.

Corrales Heritage Day

This is a spring celebration of the history of the Village of Corrales held in mid-May. The SEMG have a table at the Casa San Ysidro Museum (973 Old Church Road) across from the Old Church. Activities at the SEMG table include distributing new world seeds to youth and helping them to plant them and create a mini-greenhouse to take home. Chair of this project is Lifetime Master Gardener Therese Barts.

Rio Rancho Children’s Water Festival

This two-day event is intended to provide water education to fourth grade students in Rio Rancho. This festival is held in September. For more information contact project chair Pat Barger.

Rio Rancho Earth Day

Earth Day is in April and the city of Rio Rancho celebrates the day with an expo featuring information on energy efficiency, green practices and sustainable living. The Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners have an information table at the event to distribute gardening information and answer questions.

Rio Rancho Student Research Expo

Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners help judge student work in a variety of categories including Biology and Biochemistry, Environmental and Earth Sciences and Behavioral and Social Sciences among others. The Research Expo is typically held in January and for more information contact project chair Pat Barger.

Xeriscape Conference

The Xeriscape Conference is a two-day event held in the winter and featuring a variety of lectures and exhibitor expo on topics related to waterwise living in the desert. Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners have an information table at the event to distribute gardening information and answer questions. Contact project chair Suzanne Maxwell for more information.

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Upcoming Events

1:30 pm Plant Telehealth Clinic by NMSU
Plant Telehealth Clinic by NMSU
Nov 30 @ 1:30 pm – 5:20 pm
Plant Telehealth Clinic by NMSU
Students from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University will host a free virtual plant diagnosis clinic for community members with plant health problems later this month. The 2020[...]
3:00 pm Gardening Gift Ideas
Gardening Gift Ideas
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join the Ready, Set, GROW crew as we share our favorite garden-related books, tools, and gear! Please register online at
1:30 pm SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Please join the monthly Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Advisory Council meeting. To receive the Zoom invitation please send an email to 
3:00 pm Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings...
Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings...
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dr. Gill Giese of Extension Plant Sciences will present Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings, & Holiday Wine Pairings.  To register for the event go to


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