The 2018 New Mexico Master Gardener Conference has planned a Garden Tour of three local gardens.
Of course we have many other wonderful gardens in the Sandoval/Bernalillo counties area that our attendees and their guests might enjoy on their own time. Please see our Local Gardens web page if you would like to visit additional gardens in our area on your own.
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
- Rio Rancho Water Wise Garden
- Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens
- Seed2Need Garden
There will be Sandoval County Master Gardeners and staff at each of the gardens to guide you, answer your questions and help to make your visit a worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.
We hope that the short descriptions of the three gardens and the tour map at the bottom of this page will help you plan your tour.
|Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens|
The Desert Oasis Teaching (DOT) Gardens is comprised of 2+ acres of land on Albuquerque Academy’s campus. The project began in 2013 and, over the years, the large, water-thirsty turf lawn of the Academy was replaced with terraced dryland gardens, pollinator gardens, food production gardens, a fruit and nut orchard, an outdoor classroom and a community Welcome Center.
The DOT Gardens are an important resource to our New Mexico community, providing educational opportunities for our youth and adults alike to explore the works of dryland farmers, regional cultural historians and, water harvesting experts, and to brainstorm potential solutions for the struggling landscape.
|Water Wise Garden|
The Water Wise Garden is nestled between the Esther Bone Library and Veterans Memorial Park at 950 Pine Tree Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. The Garden is a joint effort between Sandoval County Master Gardeners, Rio Rancho Water Conservation Department and the City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. This little piece of landscape paradise shows all newcomers to the high desert what types of plant material will grow and bloom. The garden features xeriscape principles, effective drip/bubbler/timer spray irrigation, and the use of mulch to conserve moisture and prevent heat island effects.
The Water Wise Garden received the International Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award in 2009. The Garden was also featured on HGTV Gardening by the Yard with Paul James, that same year. The garden is a must see in any season as volunteer work continues to improve this tiny bit of paradise.
950 Pine Tree Road SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Website: Water Wise Garden
Reducing hunger in New Mexico, one garden at a time.
Seed2Need is a non-profit, collaborative effort between the Sandoval County Master Gardeners (SCMG), property owners in the village of Corrales, volunteer groups and hundreds of individuals from Corrales, Rio Rancho, Placitas and Albuquerque. Their mission is to reduce hunger and to improve the nutrition of families facing food insecurity within our community. The project is an initiative with minimal administrative payroll. As of 2015 we implemented an intern program, hiring two university students with agriculture or horticulture interests, to help maintain and oversee the gardens. Otherwise all labor associated with planting, maintenance and harvest is volunteer based.
Seed2Need is an example of the tremendous contributions that Master Gardeners and other volunteers can make to a community with their cooperative efforts. Over the last 6 years, this organization has donated over 316,000 pounds of “farmer’s market” quality fresh fruits and vegetable to local food pantries and soup kitchens. Most of the food pantries served pick up food directly from the gardens and, as a result, the produce is often in the hands of the families who need it within hours of harvest.