Douglas County Master Gardeners provide useful information to help your gardening efforts all year long. Through the Douglas County Extension Office, trained volunteers are available to answer horticulture questions about vegetable gardening, flowers, trees, shrubs, lawns, pruning, watering, plant disease and diagnosis, insect problems, composting, and environmental concerns.
Volunteers are no longer staffing the office. Volunteers are available via email year-round to answer all of your gardening and home horticulture questions! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Douglas County Master Gardeners are also available to give talks to community groups on a variety of gardening topics. We are available to speak on flower or vegetable gardening, landscaping, xeriscaping, houseplant care, turf management, insect and weed control, and other home horticulture subjects. The materials contained in presentations are the most up-to-date, research-based information from Colorado State University. Local Douglas County climate and garden conditions are also targeted.
Become a Master Gardener
Colorado County Master Gardener Enrollment
If you are a Douglas County resident interested in gardening, educational outreach, and volunteering this program may be a great fit for you! See details below and contact Katie Dunker or Andie Wommack at the CSU Extension Office if you have further questions. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Applications to become a Colorado Master Gardener are now available!
Enrollment Options and Class Information
Colorado Master Gardener Volunteer
The Colorado Master Gardening (CMG) training program requires a fall application and interview followed by winter and spring training classes. Tuition for CMG Volunteer training in 2018 was $170 plus a commitment to complete at least 50 hours of volunteer work the first year.
Applications are due by October 30, 2018 with an interview and background check to follow, before being accepted into the program. Once you have been accepted, payment will be due by December 31, 2018 or you will incur a late fee.
As a volunteer, you’ll assist Douglas County Extension staff and fellow Colorado Master Gardeners in delivering research-based information about home gardening to Douglas County residents. To maintain your CMG status on a yearly basis, you’ll be required to pay nominal yearly dues and complete additional volunteer hours (typically 24 hours) and continuing education classes offered through CSU and the community.
Colorado Gardener Certificate Student
Individuals interested in completing Master Gardener training without a volunteer commitment may enroll for the coursework under the Colorado Gardener Certificate, CGC, enrollment option. The Colorado Gardener Certificate program requires a fall application followed by winter and spring training classes. Tuition without a volunteer commitment in 2018 was $530. Individuals who were not selected as CMG volunteers may enroll as Colorado Gardener Certificate students. Applications are due by November 30, 2018, and payment is due by December 31, 2018 or you will incur a late fee.
Students who are accepted into the Colorado Master Gardener program and complete the required volunteer commitment, become Colorado Master Gardeners. The title Colorado Master Gardener is a registered service mark of Colorado State University Extension. It is used to identify volunteers serving in official CSU Extension activities. It may not be used to infer credentials, imply endorsement of a private business, or used on marketing materials of a business. Students who choose the Colorado Gardener Certificate option will not become Colorado Master Gardeners upon completion of the training.
Colorado Master Gardener Volunteers and Colorado Gardener Certificate students both receive the Colorado Gardener Certificate, which may be displayed in a place of business and used in business marketing.
As an accepted CMG/CGC student, you’ll complete a curriculum that includes ten weeks (60 hours) of classroom instruction. Classes are held January through April through a combination of in-person (weekday 9AM-4PM with a lunch break) and online classes. We anticipate five in-person classes and five online classes for the 2019 program. Some variations may occur in the basic schedule to accommodate local needs. Contact the Douglas County Extension office for specific details.
Master Gardener Resources
It is time to submit your renewal paperwork if you want to continue in the program! You now have the option to submit your paperwork and pay online. Renewal paperwork is due by November 30, 2018 and payment is due by December 31, 2018 or you will incur a late fee.
Are you interested in serving on the Douglas County CMG Advisory Council? Please consider applying! Applications are due by November 30, 2018.
|Course Date/Time||Topic||Additional Information|
|Online Training||Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Social Media Training Site – Learn how to communicate through Social Media||Learn More|
|Online Training||"Pesticides, People, and Pollinators: Answers to tricky pesticide questions for Master Gardeners"||Watch Here|
|2/16/2019 8:00AM - 4:00PM||Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference||Learn More|
View the 2019 CMG Apprentice training schedule