About us

The Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs, Inc. provides plant sales, flower shows, and gardening seminars to the public. The council is an extensive resource of horticultural knowledge for our community. Our success is dependent not only on the efforts of our volunteer members, but also upon donations either from our members or the outside public.

The Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs, Inc., is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1950. Its purpose is to:

  • provide educational courses and activities on gardening to the general public
  • provide gardening guidance and assistance for community beautification projects
  • encourage good gardening in the Albuquerque metropolitan area
  • and promote the formation of new garden clubs and plant societies.

Garden Center facilities

The Council built, owns and operates the Albuquerque Garden Center, located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard (just west of the Eubank and Lomas intersection) in Los Altos Park. The Albuquerque Garden Center is reputed to be one-of-a-kind in the U.S. Generally garden centers are owned and operated by the local government.

The Center houses one of New Mexico’s more extensive horticultural libraries, the Master Gardener Hotline for gardening questions, and contains meeting rooms for classes and workshops. Garden Center grounds were renovated in 2003 creating a series of demonstration gardens that can be visited by Albuquerque residents to see what and how to plant in the Albuquerque area. They include native plant, daylily, rose, cactus, and perennial gardens. There is also a Children’s Garden with a Japanese pavilion.


Council President – Regina Hampton

First Vice President – Beth Herschman

Second Vice President – Ginny Longbotham

Recording Secretary – Dianne Cress

Treasurer – Marcia Finical

Assistant Treasurer – Jewel Cutter

Corresponding Secretary – Amy Howard

Director – Gigi Zacharias

Director – Sharon Shannon

Director – Connie Wenk

Parliamentarian – Shirley Tetreault

Archivist – open


Budget & Finance -Beth Herschman

Building Maintenance – Ginny Longbotham

Bylaws Chair – Beth Herschman

Council Flower Show – Kathleen Flanders

Educational Programs & Workshops – Shirley Tetreault

Facebook – Matthew-Ryan Morrell

Garden Guardians – Kathy Burnett, Janet Herbst

Garden Shop – open

Garden Tour –Beth Herschman, Teresa Edens

Grounds Maintenance – Teresa Edens

Harvest Fair – Colleen Herman

Holiday Fair Centerpiece Workshop – Teresa Edens

Holiday Fair – Janet Dooley

Instagram – Kate Yu

Library – Jill Hartman

Long Range & Strategic Committee – Beth Herschman

Publicity – Ginny Longbotham, Janet Dooley

Rummage Sale – Regina Hampton

Save the Beauty Day – Shirley Tetreault

Spring Plant & Garden Fair – Teresa Edens, Kathy Clough

State Fair Flower Show – Mary Noskin, Julie Moss

Ways & Means Committee -Ginny Longbotham


Executive Assistant – Christopher Woodside

Rental Host – Gina Thomas, Gigi Zacharias

Gardener – Mari Franco

Custodian – Keith Mead

Building/Garden Maintenance Staff – Rick Morris, Rob Morris