Master Gardener RGBI Project featured on HGTV

Sandoval County Master Gardener demonstration garden to be featured on HGTV

The work of a group of New Mexico Master Gardener volunteers is going to be featured on Gardening by the Yard, a Home and Garden Television cable network (HGTV) show hosted by Paul James.

Rio Ranchos Water-Wise Demonstration Garden was featured on the March 15, episode: Xeriscaping, Drought-Tolerant Plants, Wise-Water Practices.

The garden is a cooperative effort of the New Mexico State University Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Services Master Gardener program and several City of Rio Rancho departments, partnering with the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, local businesses and community volunteers.

The garden demonstrates that xeriscape landscape has a variety of options, which are visually appealing, and easy to duplicate or model in the homeowners garden. Practical gardening methods are taught in the garden by Master Gardeners to anyone in the community interested in gardening while using water wisely.

Paul James learned about the wise-water garden through our Sandoval Master Gardner web site Visit. He and the film crew toured the garden in May for an episode on xeriscape gardening, said Linda Poe, Sandoval County Master Gardener who was filmed with James during the tour. He was very excited about the garden. He said it was fun seeing a new garden in the making and learning about the possibilities for high altitude gardening.

Rio Rancho Wise-Water Demonstration Garden is open to the public. The garden, sitting on an acre of land, is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE, off of Southern between the post office and Esther Bone Library. The garden design demonstrates drip, sprinkle, spray and bubble irrigation systems; bark, pecan, wood chip, crusher fine and gravel mulches; plus water harvesting techniques: dry creek beds, swales, berms, and drain ways leading to catchment areas.

An entertaining half-hour program, Gardening by the Yard is designed for people who want their yards to look great but don’t have a lot of time to spend on them. The host, master gardener Paul James, focuses on the lighter side of gardening and gives down-to-earth advice about gardening basics such as soil, watering and trees. He troubleshoots such common gardening difficulties as poor light and pests.

Writer: Jane Moorman