Colorado State University Extension is accepting applications for the 2012 Master Gardener program. The Tri River Area Master Gardeners, serving Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties, are the horticulture volunteers for extension.
Master Gardeners assist the public by answering gardening questions, providing accurate research-based information in a friendly atmosphere. Master Gardeners are active in community horticultural projects on the Western Slope, working out of the Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose offices. Extensive training is provided to the volunteers before they begin working with the public.
The Apprentice Master Gardener training course begins Thursday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Grand Junction and continues every Thursday through March 28. Class sessions cover plant science, soils, irrigation, fertilization, trees and shrubs, insects, plant diseases, lawn care, pest management and more. All classes address actual Western Slope conditions.
Apprentice Master Gardeners commit to a minimum of 50 hours during the spring and summer months, assisting the public at the Tri River Area Extension offices and participating in other horticultural projects, including maintaining extension's extensive demonstration gardens. Work schedules are flexible and a variety of projects are available.