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CMG Volunteer Resources





CMG Reference Materials


  • CMG Textbook, The Science of Gardening, by David Whiting, Kendall Hunt Publishing, focuses on research-based gardening information in 636 pages with over 600 color photographs and line drawings. Units include the following:
  • Benefits of Gardening
  • How Plants Grow (basic botany)
  • Soil, 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

The book can be purchased from:



  • CMG volunteers update their CMG GardenNotes Notebook


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VMS, Online Volunteer Management System


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CMG/CGC Training Schedule


  • 2014, Colorado Front Range Counties
  • Tuesdays: Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert Counties - starting January 14, in Castle Rock and Littleton
  • Wednesdays: El Paso County - starting January 15, in Colorado Springs
  • Thursdays: Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Jefferson, and Gilpin Counties - starting January 15, in Golden, Denver, and Broomfield
  • Fridays: Adams, Boulder, Larimer, and Weld, Counties - starting January 17, in Loveland
  • 2014 Thursday Distance Education Class - Archuleta, Chaffee, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, La Plata, Montezuma, Pueblo (with Fremont), San Miguel, and Summit Counties - Classes delivered locally via Distance Education technology and with onsite instructors in the local county, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting January 23.
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CMG Procedures and Policies

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Handouts: The Colorado Master Gardener Program class


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Page updated December 20, 2013
David Whiting, CSU Extension