Take care of that green thumb, be a certified Master Gardner

Instagram photo of the CSU Colorado Master Gardner Program

Colorado State University (CSU) Extended Colorado Gardener Program has been providing practical training to amateur and experienced gardeners for over 45 years. For the second year in a row, the program has been transformed into an online, virtual format known as ‘Green School’.

“These courses were built by CSU faculty and extension staff to help Colorado understand and overcome the challenges of landscaping and gardening,” said Eric Hammond, a CSU horticultural agent at Adams County. The program can take your landscape to the next level or give you skills to start a career in the green industry.

Subscribers can choose from a full course or from several short course options. The entire course includes 12 online, self-guided classes, two live webinars, weekly class reviews, and one-year course content. Green school topics include:

  • Soil, fertilizers and improvements
  • Plants – How plants grow
  • Science and care of tree plants
  • Grass Care and Grass Management
  • Weed management
  • Colorado Garden Challenges
  • Intomology
  • Integrated Pest Management and Plant Inspections
  • Plant pathology

Participants who complete the course will be CSU certified Colorado gardeners. Fifty percent of the entire course income is returned to the Colorado State Fruit and Vegetation Development Program.

Katie Dunker is Colorado’s chief gardener. She said, “This program is sometimes a great way for us to teach Colorado about gardening diversity in our harsh climate, and give it back. As a Green School student, you are making a direct contribution to gardening education and accessibility in our state.

Last year, Green School funded programs such as: Genealogical Library in Lib Wello State, Access to nature for young people in the province of Arapaho, Garden training programs for underprivileged families in El Paso County, Middle and High School Garden Projects in Denver Kids House, And Grow and deliver projects Statewide.

Interest-based scholarships and bulk enrollment offers are available throughout the Green School program. No previous gardening experience is required to register. Register before Sunday, August 15, 2021 Deadline by CertifiedColoradoGardener.org.

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