Web Surfing for
The subject of creating a website for Dona Ana
Master Gardeners first showed up in January 2006. There is
now a site hosted on the NMSU servers and under development
by NMSU Communications. I have updated the information about
New Mexico Master Gardeners on the web. Some old sites are
gone and some new sites have been created.
I have also updated the websites of other Master
New Mexico Master
Gardener web sites.
Mexico Extension Master Gardener Website
This is the statewide site created and maintained by NMSU
and the Extension. On it, you will find a section (password
req.) for Master Gardeners. John can provide you with the
password. The 2005 revision of the Master Gardener Manual
is posted there along with four distance-learning presentations
that were originally presented over the Centra system and
are now formatted for Windows Media Player. What else could
be included that would be useful and informative for all NM
Master Gardeners? I would like to see the monthly newsletters
and reports of all county groups posted here. Seems a simple
way to get informed about what other NM Master Gardener groups
There are other sections on this website that
are not password protected with some content. From the Programs
Section you can link to all of the NM County Extension web
pages. There is sometimes information about Master Gardeners
posted on the County Extension web page, but it is not consistent.
Seems to me that the site is under developed and underused,
but has potential. Would this be a place to answer many of
those repetitive hotline questions? Could this site be made
user friendly for the gardening public? The University builds
some physical restrictions into the site.
Mexico Master Gardeners
This New Mexico Master Gardeners web site is not hosted on
a NMSU server and has a lot of information about Master Gardeners
and gardening in New Mexico. It also has links to the 15 NMSU
Extension web sites that have MG programs and to other county
MG web sites. Want a history of New Mexico Master Gardeners?
Go here! Want to ask a gardening question using email? Go
here. There is a lot of information on this site. How does
or could it serve Dona Ana County Master Gardeners and residents?
From the Ground Up
This site contains most of the Master Gardener training materials
for reading and download (without a password). There is also
a link to a Gardening History Timeline (www.gardendigest.com/timegl.htm)
and to the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association (www.sfmga.org)
Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners
This site is self-explanatory and contains a monthly garden
activities calendar, common garden questions and answers,
a daily weather report, agriculture news and links to other
useful gardening sites.
Ana County Master Gardeners
The site contains information about becoming a Master Gardener,
application forms, time sheet form and some of the monthly
Fe Master Gardeners Association
The Santa Fe Association site contains a bulletin board (www.sfmga.org/smgbull.htm)
for group and community gardening related events. It also
lists some of their current projects. It is hosted and maintained
by the Master Gardener Association.
County Master Gardeners
The site contains information about becoming a Master Gardener
and about scheduled Master Gardener programs.
County Master Gardener Association
The site contains information about the 2005 MG Conference
and local gardening information. It is hosted and maintained
by the Master Gardeners Association.
Master Gardener Web sites for other
I have visited only a handful of the 19,000
or so Extension Master Gardener web sites that are returned
by a Google search. A few of them are noted here. I have included
some discussion about why I brought them up, to demonstrate
ways that you may look at a site to determine what is important
or useful. The question that I ask when looking at all of
the MG sites is who are the users and are they being served
effectively? This listing of 94 Master Gardener websites in
the U.S. is a handy page to surf from.
There’s a lot on this site, but material is well organized
and easy to find. The Problem Solvers is an interesting approach
to using information and I found the concise descriptions
in Plantanswers quite useful.
Angeles County Extension Master Gardeners
Their Common Ground Program is focused on food growing and
nutrition, but their monthly gardening tips, also provides
extensive information on ornamentals.
California Backyard Orchard Web – UC California,
Although not a MG site, I include it because of the superior
organization of a wealth of information. I wish all the information
sites were this thoughtfully designed and organized.
University Garden Publication
I include it here as an example for organizing information
that is used by both MG’s and the public.
- Do you currently use the Master Gardeners
and NMSU Extension websites for information and communications?
- Is it important to you to have a website
that serves Dona Ana Co. Master Gardeners?
- What kind of content would be useful to Master
- What kind of content would be useful to the
- What knowledge, time and talent would you
contribute to creating and maintaining a MG website?
Master Gardener - September 2007