The Colorado Master Gardener Program: Planting Gardens, Growing People

The Colorado Master Gardener Program
in Arapahoe County


Colorado Master Gardener volunteers in Arapahoe County educate and inspire homeowners and other members of the community.  A dedicated group of 70 volunteers reach almost 9,000residents annually fostering community development through gardening.


Major Outreach Projects


  • Gardening Therapy at Craig Hospital and Colorado Center for the Blind - CMG volunteers help patients and students with indoor and outdoor gardening projects.

  • Speakers’ Bureau - CMG Volunteers present gardening topics to garden clubs, schools, civic organizations and other groups.

  • Demonstration Gardens - CMG Volunteers design and cultivate educational gardens including the Vegetable Demonstration Garden at Hudson Gardens Events Center, Silo Park in Greenwood Village, and the Pea Patch in downtown Littleton.  All produce is donated to local food banks.

  • School Gardens - CMG Volunteers mentor elementary, middle and high school students in vegetable gardens and interior horticulture projects. 

CMG continuing education classAdditional Outreach Projects


  • Arapahoe County Fair – Open Class Horticulture and Floriculture
  • Staff office phones and walk-ins from April-September
  • Assist clients via voice mail from October-March
  • Staff educational events, Colorado Garden and Home Show
  • Staff educational booths offsite

Education for CMG Volunteers


  • During January through March, Basic Training for CMG volunteers is provided through a multi-county partnership with Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert Counties.
  • Arapahoe County Extension offers continuing CMG volunteers a variety of educational opportunities:
  • Seminars and classes on current topics
  • Field trips and garden tours
  • Diagnostic clinics
  • Multi-county and regional education opportunities including CMG Plus Classes, CSU Short Course and CSU Field Day

Summary


  • CMG volunteers: 70
  • Annual volunteer hours: 2,332
  • Annual value of volunteer time: $57,577

Contact Us

CSU Extension, Arapahoe County Office
     6934 S. Lima St.
     Centennial, CO 80112
     Phone: 303-730-1920
     Fax: 303-730-2764
Arapahoe CMG Email: MasterGardener@Arapahoegov.com

Horticultural Staff