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Colorado Master Gardener Program in Larimer County

Now Accepting Applications for 2019

We are currently accepting applications for both the Colorado Master Gardener Program (CMG) and Colorado Gardener Certificate (CGC) Training. If you apply as a potential Colorado Master Gardener volunteer, we do require a background check, in-person interview, entrance exam and reference check. In the past, more applicants have applied than can be accepted. This will be a competitive process; that said, 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 the following information and applications carefully. Thank you for your interest in the program!

Larimer County applications are due Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Email application as attachment to: Alison O’Connor; astoven@larimer.org

Mail application to:
Alison O’Connor
CSU Extension in Larimer County
1525 Blue Spruce Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Important Information

Training location:
McKee 4-H Building at the Larimer County Fairgrounds (the Ranch)
5260 Arena Circle
Loveland, CO 80538

Training dates:

  • Fridays, February 1 to April 5, 2019
  • Required orientation for CMG Apprentices: Friday, April 12, 2019, 9am-noon
  • Front Range Schedule for CMG & CGC Programs

What will you learn?

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
    • vegetables
    • fruits

What will be required?

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

    • diagnosing insect, disease and plant problems
    • answering gardening questions
    • working on various projects such as,
      • assisting with research and demonstration gardens, like the CSU Annual Trial Gardens
      • farmers’ markets
      • home and garden shows
      • presenting programs to community groups
      • writing gardening articles for local and regional newspapers

For more information contact:
Alison O’Connor


Have a yard or garden question? 

Stop by the Extension Office 10am-1pm, Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays through October. Or you can call  a Master Gardener during this time too, 970-498-6000.

Email us anytime! larimermg@gmail.com


Alison O’Connor, PhD