The Colorado State University Extension Office in San Miguel and West Montrose Counties is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2011 Colorado Master Gardener SM (CMG) program.
The Colorado Master Gardener SM Program is a long-running, well-respected educational program that provides research-based gardening knowledge for home gardeners as well as those who work in the Green Industry.
Students will receive training in basic botany, soil and fertilizers, entomology, plant pathology, tree and lawn care, vegetables, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more. Our localized program, geared specifically for mountain communities, will be taught by experts in the field and be delivered both by live in-person presentations and live interactive video, audio and graphic technology via the internet. This technology allows Colorado State University Extension to deliver classes locally without the need for extensive student or instructor travel.
Upon completion of the classes and 50 hours of volunteer time, trainees will receive certification as Colorado Master Gardeners. The cost for this track is $200.00. Trainees complete their volunteer hours by working with our local office on various community projects that will allow them to share their horticultural expertise and to promote research-based gardening practices in our area. Scholarships may be available. For those who may not have time to do the volunteer work, the Colorado Garden Certificate track is available. The cost of the CGS track is $550.00.
The course begins on January 27 and runs through April 14, 2011. It will take place at the Fruen Building in Telluride (location is still pending based on enrollment) every Thursday from 9AM-4PM. Applications are due December 13, at 4pm.