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 in! They are available from mid-March through September, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to answer all of your gardening and home horticulture questions! You can stop by the office, call 720-733-6935, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 will be out in the fall. Keep an eye out around October to apply! Want a reminder? Contact Katie or Andie to get on our mailing list!
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. If you’re interested in our 2019 program, check back in October of 2018 for an application form. Our 2018 program is complete.
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. If you’re interested in our 2019 program, check back in October of 2018 for an application form. Our 2018 program is complete.
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
|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|
|6/23/2018 2:00PM - 3:00PM||Useful & Beautiful: Plant Select for Your Colorado Garden - Tagawa||Learn More|
|6/24/2018 12:00PM - 1:15PM||How to Kill a Tree - Tagawa||Learn More|
|6/24/2018 2:00PM - 3:00PM||Combating Japanese Beetle - Tagawa||Learn More|
|7/14/2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM||The Denver Rose Society's Beetle Bash!||Location: Littleton War Memorial Rose Garden
|7/14/2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM||Container Gardening||Location: CALF
Instructor: Ruth Berenbein
|7/14/2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM||Native Plants for Birds||Location: Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield
Instructor: Irene Shonle
|7/25-27/2018||2018 State Colorado Master Gardener Conference||Register Here|
|8/18/2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM||Perennials for the Front Range||Location: CALF
Instructor: Beth Scott