Horticulture & Gardens

La Plata County Fruit Tree Gleaning - site has moved! Click Here!

Colorado Master Gardener Program

We have extended the deadline to January 12!!
CSU MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 12th The Colorado State University Extension Office in La Plata County is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program until January, 12th.

Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more. The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of multiple classes.

The 12-week series starts Thursday, January 25 and will take place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds every Thursday from 9AM-4PM. The cost is $170.00 if you intend to volunteer, or $530.00 for a certificate without volunteer time.

The CMG training is equivalent to a four credit hour course.  In comparison, tuition for an instate resident, undergraduate, four-credit class is $1729 at CSU, plus books and fees. 

CMG volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years. 

Season Extension Workshop

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Extension Session Flyer

Where: Pine River Library, 395 Bayfield Center Dr., Bayfield, CO

When: Thursday, January 18 from 12pm-5pm

Why: Learn how you can stretch the Southwest Colorado growing season and extend the bounty of our garden into the cooler months. Topics will range from using basic techniques like covering your crops with frost blankets to implementing larger structures like hoophouses, greenhouses, and Grow Domes for gardeners and farmers alike. We will look at how to control insects and diseases when growing under cover (if you build it, they will come) to an relatively easy and cheap way to convert a simple structure into refrigerated storage to store your perishable fruits and vegetables.

Cost: $10

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Durango Botanical Society

“The Durango Botanical Society is committed to the design and development of  public gardens throughout SW Colorado for the purposes of education and demonstration."

For more information, please feel free to contact the Durango Botanical Society Director of Horticulture, Lisa Bourey, by email.

CSU Extension is excited to be part of the Durango Botanical Society and we are thrilled with all the work being done at the Durango Public Library  Demonstration Garden (between the library and the river trail). Come check the garden and become a member of the Society today!

Autumn Reading for Gardeners:

Saving Seed
Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds
Fall Planted Bulbs & Corms
Watering in Fall & Winter

  • Pest and Plant Disease Identification - If you need something identified, we first recommend sending in photos with a brief description of the plant or issue. You can also bring in samples to the office. Make sure that insect and disease samples are in a sealed container. We do NOT identify poisonous plants, mushrooms, or animals (please leave the snakes at home).
  • Weed Management (for additional information visit the La Plata County Weed web page)
  • Landscape and Turf Management - links:

      Desirable, Durable Plants
      Turf and Lawn Management
      CSU Extension Yard and Garden

  • Small Acreage - Land Use and Production Practices - Please check the calendar for upcoming Small Acreage Workshops in La Plata, Archuleta, and Montezuma Counties. 
    CSU Extension Small Acreage Management

At a Glance

Darrin Parmenter
Darrin Parmenter– Horticulture/Small Farms

Contact Information

2500 Main Street
Durango, CO 81301 (map)

P: (970) 382-6464
F: (970) 247-2365

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