Colorado Master Gardener Program in Larimer County
- Each year applications are accepted for those wanting to become Master Gardeners.
- Current Master Gardeners are out and about volunteering in Larimer County helping you in your yard and garden year-round.
Have a yard or garden question this spring?
Stop by the Extension Office 9am-1pm, Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays to visit with a Master Gardener or you can call us during this time too, 970-498-6000.
Email us anytime! firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying for the program
Applications are accepted annually in the Fall for the program. 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 note: Applications are no longer being accepted for 2018. The process is closed.
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
- disease and plant diagnosis
- turf management
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
Alison O’Connor, PhD