2024 NM Master Gardeners' Conference
Planting for Our Future
Los Alamos, NM
September 14, 2024

The Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ Association is proud to announce the 2024 NM Master Gardeners’ Conference built around the theme of ‘Planting for Our Future’. The Conference will be held Saturday, September 14, 2024, in Fuller Lodge located in the Historical District of Los Alamos, NM. This all-day event will cover topics essential to the future of our gardening environment – from changes in climate to recovering pollinator populations to recruiting and maintaining our gardening population. Participants are invited to enjoy an optional guided Historical Society tour over lunch on Saturday (fee and preregistration required, approximately 45 minutes) and a pre-conference get-together (free) on Friday evening.

We have a great lineup of lifelong learners speaking at the conference with a mix of NMSU experts, researchers, local business owners, and Master Gardeners. Specifically scheduled to speak are: Judith Phillips – Design Oasis and author, Reese Baker - The RainCatcher and PhD candidate, Dr. Olivia Carril – bee researcher and author, Dr. Marisa Thompson – NMSU Urban Horticulture Specialist, Dr. Curtis Smith – retired NMSU Horticulture Specialist, Angela Prada – NMSU Extension Agent and Master Gardener, Dana Ecelberger – Bee City project coordinator (Los Alamos) and Master Gardener, Denise George and Janine Fales – Master Gardeners.

The conference itself will be structured with six, one-hour timeslots. Three of the timeslots will offer a choice between two (or three) topics; three will be single choice, ‘keynote’ style. The tentative schedule can be viewed here

The Conference includes:
  • A single day program with both single and dual tract sessions.
  • A complimentary Friday evening ‘Meet & Greet’ with hors d’oeuvres.
  • An optional, docent-led tour of the Historical District (for an additional fee).

The venue, Fuller Lodge:
  • is centrally located in the Historical District of Los Alamos;
  • is ADA-compliant, with elevator access to the second-floor classroom; and
  • is within walking distance of the Memorial Rose Garden, the Los Alamos History Museum, the Hans Bethe house, the Robert Oppenheimer house, ruins of an Ancestry Pueblo Dwelling, the Oppenheimer and Groves statue, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Ashley Pond, the recent Bee City Pollinator planting, and the LAMG-curated Demonstration Garden. It is 0.3 miles from the Bradbury Science Museum.

Other pertinent info:
  • Registration is open to Master Gardeners and the public and will close on August 29, 2024.
  • The conference is limited to 100 participants.
  • We encourage people to bring reuseable water bottles as single-serve water will not be offered.
  • Registration includes a box lunch prepared by our local Co-op to allow time for the Historic tour, to explore the area on your own, or to visit with other gardening folk.
  • Los Alamos elevation is 7200’ – please remember to stay hydrated and take it slow!
  • Cancellations will be refunded 50% of registration fee paid if the cancellation request is received no later than August 29, 2024, via email to angprada@nmsu.edu.

Other area attractions (approx. distances from Fuller Lodge):
  • Los Alamos History Museum and Bradbury Science Museums (closed on Sunday).
  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 0.5 miles (includes an extensive penstemon garden)
  • White Rock Community Garden, 10 miles
  • Bandelier National Monument, 12 miles
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve, 16.5 miles
  • NMSU Agricultural Experiment Center in Alcalde, 26 miles
  • Los Luceros Historical Site, Alcalde, 28 miles
  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas, La Cienaga, 48 miles

Hotels: Los Alamos and White Rock have three hotels, a few inns, and options listed with Airbnb and VRBO. Please let us know if you have difficulties finding a space.

Registration opens July 8, 2024, and is open to the public. Mail-in preregistration is required and must be received no later than August 29, 2024. There will not be any day-of, at-the-door registration. The conference fee is $145, with a $20 reduction for early registration (received by August 8, 2024). The venue is ADA-compliant and dietary restrictions (gluten-free and vegetarian) will be accommodated. Download conference registration materials below.

Registration Form