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Eagle: Colorado Master Gardener training applications due Dec. 18

EAGLE – The Eagle County Colorado State University Extension office is now enrolling for the 2010 Colorado Master Gardener training program. The application deadline is Dec. 18.

Two program options are available: The Colorado Master Gardener Volunteer and Colorado Gardener Certificate.

The Colorado Master Gardener Volunteer option has a return service commitment of 50 volunteer hours by Dec. 31, 2010. Fees are $175. Acceptance into the volunteer program is at the discretion of the extension agent. Volunteers help area residents with questions on mountain gardening, landscapes, water/resource conservation, plant and pest identification as well as other community garden and food-growing projects.

The non-volunteer Colorado Gardener Certificate option is used widely by professionals, those new to the area, or those new to gardening in Colorado who do not wish to volunteer. Fees and tuition are $475. The certificate may be used for marketing a company.

All class participants receive 60 hours of training by experts on plant health care and diagnostics, how plants grow, tree planting water-wise landscape design and more.

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Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday from Jan. 21 through April 1 in the Eagle County Building in Eagle. For more information, call 970-328-8630 or go to http://www.eaglecounty.us/csu/garden.

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