The Colorado Master Gardener Program: Planting Gardens, Growing People
The Colorado Master Gardener Program
in the Golden Plains Area
In the Golden Plains Area, the Colorado Master Gardener Program, with twenty dedicated volunteers, covers five counties (Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson Counties).
- Demonstration Gardens - CMG Volunteers are involved in several demonstration gardens in the area including the Plant Select® Gardens (in Akron, Burlington, Holyoke, and Akron), High and Dry Garden (in Akron), Heginbotham Library Garden, and Burlington Native Plant Demonstration Garden.
- Community Gardens - CMG Volunteers mentor in a variety of community gardens in Akron, Burlington, Holyoke, Julesburg, and Yuma.
- School Gardens - educating elementary school children about growing gardens, birds and their natural habitats, lifecycle of butterflies and pollination.
- Informative Booths at county fairs, local community nights, garden clubs and farmers’ markets.
- Gardening Classes - Examples of gardening classes include:
- Ornamental Grasses
- Native Plants of Colorado
- Tree Selection and Planting Tips
- Pesticide Safety
- Aesthetics of Ponds
- Invasive Ornamentals and Invasive Weeds
- Tree Health: Understanding Insects and Diseases
- How to Design or Renovate a Perennial Flower Bed
- Introduction to Vegetable Diseases and Prevention
- Introduction to Aquaponics
- Composting and Vermiculture
- Raising Micro Greens
- Container Gardening
Education for Volunteers
- Basic Training for CMG volunteers is provided at the Golden Plains Area via distance education technology. The interactive classes classes meet evenings, February through April.
- CMG volunteers: 12
- Annual volunteer hours: 2,700
- Annual value of volunteer time: $59,400
CSU Extension, Golden Plains Area
Phillips County Office
22505 U.S. Hwy. 385
PO Box 328
Holyoke, CO 80734
- Linda Langelo, Area Extension Agent, Horticulture