Become a Master Gardener

How Do I Become A Master Gardener?

You need an interest in gardening and a desire to learn. The Master Gardener training course is open to the general public. The 10 week course provides weekly lectures and hands-on experience. After successfully completing this course you will be eligible to join the Otero County Master Gardener Assoc. and be certified by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. To remain an active member you must volunteer 30 hours of service to your community each year thereafter.

Upcoming Class

News about future classes will be posted shortly.

About Us

The Otero County Master Gardener Association (OCMGA) program was established in 1991. The OCMGA is involved in projects intended to educate and inform the public on gardening processes through participation in fairs and festivals, home visits and special projects.


New Mexico Space Museum – We re-landscaped the grounds  of the museum including the Astronaut Memorial Garden.

Alameda Zoo Butterfly Garden – We have taken over the maintenance of the garden and will be planting new native plants for the butterflies as needed.

Rose Garden (10th & Oregon) – is maintained by Otero Master Gardeners

Other Projects includeOtero County Fair, Earth Day Booth, Raised bed gardening Presentations. Hosted the 2005 Master Gardener State Conference

Master Gardeners’ Hotline

The Otero County Master Gardeners have an open phone line to answer peoples gardening questions. We can talk about roses, pests or irrigation problems, or any subject they need help with. If we don’t know the answer, we will find someone who does.

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