Who are Master Gardeners?
We are community volunteers trained in horticulture by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. We can answer both general and specific questions about all aspects of growing things.
Have questions about gardening?
We can help you understand the science of the various soils in our area and tell you what grows best here. We can help with those pesky entomology, or bug, problems. We have up-to-date information about plant botany, plant diseases, growing fruits and vegetables, caring for your lawn, and growing roses. Are you interested in xeriscaping? We have information about that as well. We are here to help you develop gardens that will thrive and be beautiful in our arid landscape.
Look through our frequently asked questions (FAQs). Explore our resources. If you can’t find an answer please click the Ask a Question button below to go to the question submittal form. Once your question has been submitted someone will contact you to help you solve your problem. From March through the end of October you can call the Master Gardener Hotline on weekdays (except holidays), to speak to a Master Gardener, or you can arrange for an in-person consultation at the Extension Office:
Garden Center Office: (505) 292-7144 -- 11AM to 2PM
Extension Office: (505) 243-1386 -- 9AM to 3:30PM (closed for lunch from 12 to 12:30PM)
How to contact us:
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service (CES)
1510 Menaul Extension NW (just North and West of I-40 and 12th Street)
The Extension Office is open weekdays from 8:00AM to 4:30PM, closed for lunch from 12 to 12:30PM.
Please call before coming to ensure that someone will be there who can assist you.
NOTE: The office is open to the public. Please follow current NM Health Department Guidance.
Become a Master Gardener!
The application window for the 2023 training program is now closed. The Bernalillo County Extension Service begins recruiting prospective interns in early October for the class that begins in January of the following year. The training will be predominantly online but with some in-person workshops and other events. Training classes begin in January and run through April. There will be an Information Meeting in early October - check back here for the details.
Master Gardeners agree to volunteer forty hours annually in a variety of service opportunities, beginning in their intern year. After the first year of training Master Gardeners are also required to accrue ten hours of continuing education each year.
For more information please see Become a Master Gardener!
Would you like to try out a Master Gardener class?
The Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners (AAEMG) are hosting several special Gardening Classes this fall that are open to the public. AAEMG Gardening Classes will be available to the public on Tuesday afternoons from January through April from 12:30 to 2:00PM. Classes will be offered at a cost of $5/each (for non-members). Please see AAEMG Gardening Classes for more information and TO REGISTER. Registration is required.