DECEMBER 15, 2014 BY 

Course starts January 29th – Applications due January 5th

Every two years, Colorado State University (CSU) offers a 3 month intensive course in gardening and our local Routt County Extension Office hosts a limited group to attend this at a very steep discount. More about this program here.

Taught by CSU professionals, the program teaches all aspects of growing plants, trees, and lawns in our mountain environment. The reduced cost is recognized by volunteering 50 annual hours with the Routt County Master Gardener program.

The all-day course trainings occur every Thursday from Jan 29-April 9. Participation is limited to 20 people, with priority given to those who have completed an application by January 5, 2015View the schedule PDF here.

For additional information and for application information, call 970-879-0825 or visit

Textbook units include:

Textbook: The Science of Gardening

  • Benefits of Gardening
  • How Plants Grow
  • Soils, Fertilizers and Soil Amendments
  • Diagnostics and Pest Management
  • Trees and Shrubs: Identification, Selection, and Planting
  • Pruning
  • Herbaceous Plants (Flowers)
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Lawns
  • Water Wise Landscape Design
  • Irrigation Management