Master garden program returns |

Master garden program returns

CSU Colorado Master Gardeners are holding their annual plant sale, offering veggie starts and informative workshops on May 21, May 28 and June 4.
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There are many reasons folks decide to call Colorado home, but it’s the unique regional horticulture that tops the list for many gardeners. For gardeners who want to learn about native plants and how to differentiate them from noxious weeds, then the Native Plant Masters program is the answer. In cooperation with the Colorado Native Plant Society, Gore Range Chapter and Betty Ford Gardens, Colorado State University Extension Eagle County will hold three NPM programs this summer.

Each NPM program consists of three class days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The June class will focus on montane plants at the Vail Nature Center; the July class will look at alpine plants at Pass Lake; and the August class will learn about trees and shrubs at No Name. The NPM class teaches plant identification, ecology, and how to use a dichotomous key and botanical field guide to identify wild plants, all this while spending time with others who share the love of Colorado’s native flora. Participants will also learn how to incorporate Colorado’s plants into their own landscape, adding beauty and sustainability to their gardens.

For those who wish to be a certified Native Plant Master, all three classes are required for certification, but students can also just take one or two of the classes recreationally. For more details or to register online, visit

Questions? Contact Jeff Pieper, CSU Extension Eagle County Horticulture and Small Acreage Agent, 970-328-8630. There is a required application process and registration is limited – sign up is separate for each section.

Annual Plant Sale

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CSU Colorado Master Gardeners are also busy planning their second annual plant sale on May 21, May 28 and June 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the CSU Extension office, located at 441 Broadway in Eagle. The popular plant sale will offer veggie starts and informative workshop, including “Jam and Jelly Making” (May 21), “Building Your Own Stone Walkway” (May 28) and “How to Set Up Irrigation in your Veggie Garden” (June 4).

Have a gardening question? The Eagle County Colorado Master Garden volunteers are here to help and a great resource for gardening tips, advice or diagnostics. This is a free service available to anyone who has a gardening issue they can’t solve. Gardeners can call, email or visit the extension office to ask for help from a volunteer. Physical samples of the sick plants or trees are helpful in the diagnostic process, but emailed photos will also work. The CSU Extension website is also a great resource for gardeners looking for advice and recommendations for their garden.

For more information, please call 970-328-8630 or visit http://www.eagle

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