Doña Ana County Extension Master Gardener Program
Doña Ana County Master Gardeners assist the Doña Ana County Cooperative Extension Service faculty and staff to provide accurate, research-based gardening and horticultural information to county residents. In 2007, Master Gardeners volunteered 5917 hours in a wide range of activities that included:
Answering gardening and landscape questions on the Master Gardener Telephone Hotline, at the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market, at Andovino's Desert Crossing Farmer's Market in Sunland Park, N.M., and at Garden Expos at local garden centers;
Working with schools and communities to develop educational and co-op gardens;
Volunteering with county youth programs, such as 4-H and Kids, Cows and More;
Providing assistance for local garden, nature and agricultural programs, such as the Annual Las Cruces Tour of Gardens; the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park's Butterfly Flutterby and Medicinal Plants Tour; the Hatch Chile Festival; and Pecan and Chile Conferences and Field Days.
Updating their own skills and knowledge by attending conferences, workshops and monthly Master Gardener meetings.
The Extension Master Gardener program was started in 1972 in King and Pierce counties, Washington. It has become internationally recognized and often duplicated as a model for other volunteer programs. Today, Extension Master Gardener programs exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In New Mexico, the Master Gardener Program began in 1981 in Albuquerque. Fifteen New Mexico counties and the Navajo Tri-State Extension Office now have active Master Gardener programs.
Master Gardener Hotline
Tuesday and Fridays
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Doña Ana County Extension Office
530 North Church Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001