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NMSU Master Gardeners host landscape design series in Sandoval County

Tired of looking at your home’s half-completed landscape, but you don’t want to hire a professional? HOMEscape Solutions may be the answer.

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Rebecca Juterbock of Algodones explains the landscape design she created during a HOMEscape Solution workshop hosted by Master Gardener volunteers with the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service program in Sandoval County. The next series of workshops will begin Thursday, Sept. 21. (Courtesy photo)

Volunteers with the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences sponsored Sandoval County Master Gardener program want to help home gardeners accomplish their dream yard.

HOMEscape Solutions is a series of workshops for home gardeners. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 21, classes will be held at the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service offices, 711 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. The five classes will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, Friday, Sept. 22, and Friday, Oct. 6; and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and Oct. 7.

Topics will include site planning, hardscape, the use of native plants, garden harmony, the use of Feng Shui, permaculture and xeriscaping and creating outdoor rooms. The major focus of the workshop is to provide ongoing support groups, guidance, feedback and assistance in developing the participants’ dream HOMEscape.

Veteran Master Gardeners Darlene Bassett, Sandra Liakus, Suzanne Maxwell, Cathryne Richards and Charlene Spiegel will lead the workshops.

“The HOMEscape program motivated me to finally do something with my yard,” said a recent graduate of the program.

Other graduates said, “My front yard was a lifeless gravel pit. Now four years later, I have a yard I dreamed about and it gets better every year.” And, “My HOMEscape experience encouraged whimsy, inspired the zen and meditation in my garden. It helped me relax, learn and grow all at once.”

To register online visit sandovalmastergardeners.org and under “Classes” sign up and pay. The $100 registration fee includes all materials, a resource kit, and Saturday lunches. For more information, call the Extension office at 505-867-2582.