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Become a Master Gardener!

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Colorado Master Gardener Program or the
Colorado Gardener Certificate

Applying to the Colorado Master Gardener Program

Colorado Master Gardener ( CMG) volunteers assist the Larimer County office of Colorado State University Extension to extend research-based information on home yard care and gardening into the community. This is a competitive process. Applications will not be accepted beyond the deadline. Everyone who applies will be interviewed and fairly assessed. If you are not selected as a volunteer, you may take the training as a certificate trainee.

Please read all of these these documents carefully. You may apply online or by mail.

Applications for the CMG volunteer program are due Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Applying for the Colorado Gardener Certificate

ndividuals interested in the Colorado Master Gardener training without the volunteer commitment may enroll for the coursework under the Colorado Gardener Certificate (CGC) option. The course work is available for a higher fee in-lieu-of the return service.

Please read all of these these documents carefully. You may apply online or by mail.

Applications for the CGC (non-volunteer program) are due Friday, December 8, 2017.

Application Submissions

Email application as attachment to: Alison O’Connor; astoven@larimer.org
Mail application to:
Alison O’Connor
Horticulture Agent
CSU Extension in Larimer County
1525 Blue Spruce Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524

More about the Colorado Master Gardener Program

Those selected for the program will receive approximately 66 hours of college-level horticulture instruction covering topics such as:

    • plant growth and development
    • soils and plant nutrition
    • insects
    • disease and plant diagnosis
    • turf management
    • vegetable
    • fruits

Between April and October each year, first year Master Gardeners volunteer 50 hours of time working with Larimer County Extension. Volunteer hours are spent:

    • plant issues
    • insects and diseases
    • answering gardening questions
    • working on various projects such as,
      • farmers' markets
      • home and garden shows
      • presenting programs to community groups
      • writing gardening articles for local and regional newspapers

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Alison O'Connor, PhD