Master Gardener Program Accepting Applications
Grand Junction ” Colorado State University Extension is accepting applications for the 2009 Master Gardener Program. The Tri River Area Master Gardeners, serving Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray Counties, are the horticulture volunteers for Extension. Master Gardeners assist the public by answering gardening questions, providing accurate research-based information in a friendly atmosphere. Master Gardeners are active in community horticultural projects on the Western Slope, working out of the Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose offices. Eleven weeks of training is provided to the volunteers, before they begin working with the public.
The Apprentice Master Gardener training course begins Thursday, January 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Grand Junction, and continues every Thursday through March 26. Classes include plant science, soils, irrigation, and fertilization, trees and shrubs, insects, plant diseases, lawn care, weed management, fruits and vegetables, and water-wise gardening. All our classes address actual Western Slope growing conditions.
Apprentice Master Gardeners commit to a minimum of 50 hours during the spring and summer months, assisting the public at the Tri River Area Extension Offices and participating in other horticultural projects including working in our extensive demonstration gardens. Work schedules are flexible and a variety of projects are available.
The registration fee is $125.00 for Apprentices, or the course is available for $425.00 for those who prefer no return commitment. Cost includes the Master Gardener Manual and all applicable CSU and Tri River Area publications.
Visit our web site at http://www.westernslopegardening.org or contact Susan Rose at 244-1841 for further information or to receive an application packet.