Horticulture Training Without Volunteering
Adults interested in taking the Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) training without a volunteer commitment may enroll to audit the same courses in their local county. This option is sometimes referred to as the Colorado Gardener Certificate program. The course work is available for a higher fee in-lieu-of the return service.
Training Courses & Expectations
You’ll receive in-depth horticulture training provided by University faculty, staff, and specialists.
Our program’s training includes both in-person and online classes offered through CSU Online. Courses are specific to Colorado’s climate, soil, environment, insects, wildlife, and plants. Training is a big commitment and includes reading (online, no text required), homework, in-class activities and lectures. The program is interesting, fun and social.
Topics include: Soils & Amendments, Botany, Vegetables, Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pathology & Diagnostics, Turfgrass Management, Weed Management, Science of Planting Trees, and Tree Care. Depending on your location you may have Mountain Gardening, Fruit Trees, Small Fruits, Pruning, Irrigation and other relevant subjects.
You’ll be expected to attend 80% of classes and pass the final exam (open book, open note, researching encouraged) with a 75% or better.
Earning your Certificate
Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a Colorado Gardener Certificate. However, because there is no subsequent volunteer commitment, participants do not become Colorado Master Gardeners.
The Colorado Gardener Certificate may be displayed in a place of business and used in business marketing.
To enroll in this option and audit the CMG Training (non-volunteer), send in the completed Colorado Gardener Certificate Enrollment Form with tuition to your local county. Contact your County Extension Office for additional information and the enrollment form. Space is limited.
2020 fees will be $530. This course is comparable to a 4-credit class. In comparison, tuition for a four-credit class is $1,932.