Colorado Master Gardener Training Program
The Colorado Master Gardener Program offered by CSU Extension allows local gardening enthusiasts to learn more about gardening practices in the Rocky Mountains. The 10-week course includes a combination of lectures, small group discussions and hands-on activities. This year, roughly half of the curriculum will be taught by horticulture professionals with firsthand experience of working with plants in the Eagle or Roaring Fork Valley. The curriculum consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction every Thursday.
There are two program options available.
The Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) volunteer option will cost $200.00 and has a return service commitment of 50 volunteer hours. Volunteer activities through CSU Extenson office vary season to season but can include, writing articles, teaching classes, or helping with horticulture questions at the Extension office.
Program details are in the online application. Space is limited to ten volunteers. No money is due until you are accepted into the program. An interview, background check and references are required prior to being excepted into the program.
The non-volunteer Colorado Gardener Certificate (CGC) option is used widely by Green Industry professionals. Other participants that do not wish to volunteer will find the certificate option a good fit. Registration is online and the cost is $550.00. Space is limited to 20 participants.
The Science of Gardening, textbook by David Whiting (ISBN #978-1-4652-4085-5) is required for both options and is NOT included in the cost of either option. Sources to buy your book include: Kendall Hunt Publishing, Amazon, Valore Books
View the schedule of topics and presenters for the Colorado Master Gardener Training Program.
If you have questions about the program you may call CSU Extension Agriculture agent at 970-625-3969.
To learn more about the statewide program refer to the Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener Program.
Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. Colorado State University does not discriminate based on race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Students requesting handicap accommodations should directly contact the CSU Resources of Disabled Students Office at 970-491-6385.
Ask a Master Gardener
If you have garden and landscape questions or need help identifying plants, insects, or diseases, diagnosing plant health problems, or need recommendations on the best mountain adapted plant materials for your new garden project, call 970-625-3969, or stop by the Extension office at 1001 Railroad Avenue in Rifle.