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Become a CSU Master Gardener

Linda Langelo
Golden Plains Area CSU Extension

The Colorado Master Gardener program in the Golden Plains Area is accepting applications this fall with a November 18 deadline. Classes are taught in Phillips County Extension at 127 East Denver, in Holyoke, Colo., Washington County Extension, at 181 Birch Avenue in Akron, Colo., Kit Carson County Extension 251 16th Street, Suite 101 Burlington, Colo., and Fort Morgan County Extension at 914 East Railroad Avenue, Fort Morgan, Colo. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., starting January 20 through March 22, with the exception of two Saturday classes.

Those accepted into the program will receive 10 weeks of training on plant care and have the opportunity to work with other gardeners from the Golden Plains Area who volunteer in the community. The Colorado Master Gardener program is ideal for gardeners who wish to increase their knowledge of horticulture and help others learn the joy of successful gardening.

In addition to receiving training from Colorado State University professors, specialists and horticulture agents, master gardeners learn on the job as they perform 50 hours of volunteer work during the first growing season and 25 hours every year after to keep the master gardener status. Volunteers help the community by answering questions on garden care and provide education through teaching classes, writing news articles, working with special audiences, maintaining demonstration sites, helping with the community garden, and helping with gardening projects for 4-H, FFA and other organizations. In the Golden Plains Area our Master Gardeners have helped do all of the above listed projects as well as keep the Plant Select, xeric and native plant gardens, provided horticulture projects for those elderly and disabled, created flower container gardens, raised funds, and other various projects. Statewide, the value placed on the time donated by the 1,800 plus master gardeners is more than $1.3 million.

The Colorado Master Gardener program also can be a stepping stone toward a career in horticulture. This program is recognized by the green industry as a great vocational education course! The Colorado Master Gardener program is open to persons working within the green industry as well outside of the professional field. Many people considering a career in the green industry start with this master gardener training as an all-around introduction to advanced plant care.

If gaining knowledge and helping others through horticulture is of interest to you, the Colorado Master Gardener program is an ideal volunteer choice. Please contact Linda Langelo at Colorado State University Extension Office in Holyoke at (970) 854-3616 for further details such as the cost.

Please call Joanne Jones at (970) 542-3540 if you are interested in taking classes in Fort Morgan. If you are interested in taking classes at the Washington County Extension Office in Akron or the Phillips County Extension Office in Holyoke, please call Linda Langelo at (970) 854-3616.