Working with the Public

Sandoval County 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 or Email

Project Name Location Project Type
Email Hot Line Your Home Answer questions emailed to SCMG
Hot Line Extension Office Answering questions by phone

Answering Questions in Person

Project Name Location Project Type
Corrales Grower's Market Corrales Manning information table
Home Visits Sites Within Sandoval County Visiting homes at the request of homeowners with garden related problems
Plant Clinics Rio Rancho Manning information table
Placitas Garden Tour Placitas Answering questions
Zia Pueblo – Bernalillo Farmer's Market Bernalillo Manning information table

Public Speaking/Training

Project Name Location Project Type
Gardening with the Masters Rio Rancho Monthly Presentations
Urban Horticulture Bernalillo Monthly Presentations
Sandoval County Seed Library Rio Rancho Presentations and maintaining library
4 Seasons Gardening Rio Rancho Monthly Presentations

Other Annual and Short Term Community Events

Sandoval County 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 festival is held the last weekend in September and features a range of activities at the Casa San Ysidro Museum (973 Old Church Road) and the Village Town Hall area (4324 Corrales Road). The SCMG have two separate tables at that Harvest Festival – one features activities for youth and is located at the Casa San Ysidro Museum and the other is an information table in the Village Town Hall area. Project leaders for Harvest Festival are Gretchen Neiman and Cathy Elliot.

Corrales Heritage Day

This is a spring celebration of the history of the Village of Corrales held in mid-May. The SCMG have a table at the Casa San Ysidro Museum (973 Old Church Road) across from the Old Church. Activities at the SCMG 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 County Master Gardeners have an information table at the event to distribute gardening information and answer questions.

Rio Rancho Student Research Expo

Sandoval County 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 County Master Gardeners have an information table at the event to distribute gardening information and answer questions.   Contact project chair Suzanne Maxwell for more information.