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Volunteer Spotlight – Musetta Dean

Colorado Master Gardener℠ (CMG) volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about sharing gardening, landscape and horticulture education. This month we are highlighting Musetta Dean.

When did you join the CMG program and why did you join?

I became a CMG in 2020. Having gardened for years and having been a volunteer in many different capacities and venues, I knew the time was right to combine my two loves.

What is your favorite Master Gardener activity and why?

It’s hard to choose one because I have two. First are the demonstration gardens. When I volunteer in the demonstration gardens with the other Master Gardeners, it is so much fun to learn, sweat and laugh, watching the fruits of our collective labor grow. Educating the public and getting them excited about gardening is a great feeling. Second, the phone shifts. You will know just how much you don’t know.      

What is your favorite part of the Master Gardener program and why?

My favorite part is the science-based classes the program offers. I’m always challenged to continue to read and learn on my own. The instructors are very knowledgeable and encouraging.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned that you did not know before becoming a Master Gardener?

When researching information, “site:.edu” and “latin language” are my new best friends. Also, I never really understood how vast and complex horticulture, entomology and agriculture are.

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