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Monthly Archives: November 2019

A Gardener’s Wishlist

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener The holidays are upon us and you know what that means…there’s no better time to start thinking about the gardeners in your life. After all, they work hard to bring a generous bounty of fresh produce to the supper table and overflowing zucchini to unsuspecting neighbors! They work hard […]

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Bee Thankful This Season

By Lisa Mason, Horticulture Agent Since you know by now that this is my favorite topic, I couldn’t let the holiday season pass by without praising pollinators! We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season including the meals we eat. Have you ever wondered how much of the food is on our […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Pam Rosendal

Pam Rosendal has been a Colorado Master Gardener in Arapahoe County since 2016. Growing up in a family of gardeners, she loved playing in the dirt since she was old enough to hold a trowel. It was an easy decision for her to join the program because she wanted to refine her practical gardening experience […]

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Houseplants Have a Job to Do

By Paula Szilard, Colorado Master Gardener Gardeners have mixed feelings when fall arrives. There is relief that our hard work is finally over, but there is also a sadness that comes with seeing all that green splendor vanish. Humans seem to be programmed to live surrounded by green. Research has shown that plants provide many […]

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Give Your Evergreens a Break!

By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener Picture in your mind a vast plain. No trees. Only miles of native grasses punctuated by scrub oak, other drought tolerant shrubs and a few native cottonwoods growing along the Platte River. That is what the Denver area looked like prior to the arrival of European settlers in the […]

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Save the Date!

By Lucinda Greene, Horticulture Assistant/Master Gardener Coordinator Join Master Gardener volunteers from Arapahoe County and other Denver metro counties as they host the CSU Extension Exhibit at the 2020 Colorado Garden and Home Show. The theme of the exhibit is The Good, The Bad, and The Bugly and will feature larger-than-life specimens of our “good” […]

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CMGs Guilty of Murdering 123,059

By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener Houseguest blues? You know, the ones who eat all your food, make a mess, sit around waiting to be entertained and overstay their welcome? Like those houseguests, Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are the unwanted guests of gardeners. Japanese beetles (JB) have previously been found in Colorado in miniscule numbers […]

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We’ve Got the Numbers!

By Lucinda Greene, Horticulture Assistant/Master Gardener Coordinator It was a fabulous year at the Master Gardener help desk! From April 1 through October 15, we fielded over 900 requests for information in 108 volunteer office shifts for a total of 432 hours. 42% of the calls concerned trees and shrubs. Turf calls were next at […]

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Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.