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Larimer County Master Gardener Program

Colorado Master Gardeners (CMGs) are members of our community who love lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. They are passionate to learn and share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners are life-long learners who complete an initial training that covers various aspects of horticulture with the intent to teach others while volunteering in our community. Their goal is to help foster successful gardening with Larimer County residents.

Learn about the Master Gardener contributions in 2020. View our 2020 Impact Report

What will you learn?

If selected as a Master Gardener, volunteers complete approximately 60 hours of college-level horticulture instruction covering topics such as:

  • How plants grow
  • Soils, fertilizers, and amendments
  • Turf management
  • Plant pathology and Integrated Pest Management
  • Tree planting and care

Classes are held online with in-person discussions and additional learning opportunities. Coursework is supported by the CSU Extension GardenNotes.

What obligations do Master Gardeners have?

During your Apprentice year (your first year in the program), you will complete 50 hours of volunteer time between April and October. Volunteer activities vary and can include:

  • Staffing a Q&A booth at a garden center, farmers’ market, or community events
  • Assisting with demonstration gardens
  • Writing gardening articles for local publications or social media
  • Providing one-on-one education to residents
  • Responding to phone calls or emails about gardening questions
  • Presenting programs to community groups

Continuing Master Gardeners complete 24 hours of volunteer time and 12 hours of continuing education.

What if you don’t have the time to invest as a volunteer?

Temporary Office Closure

Our office is closing at 2pm on January 19th due to weather and road conditions. We are opening at 9am on January 20th and are closely monitoring the weather.