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Volunteer Spotlight – Martha Kirk

When did you join the Colorado Master Gardener program and why did you join?

I joined the CMG program in 2004. When I moved here in 1995 from another state, I was shocked at how different and challenging the soils and climate were. I had to know more. I wanted to learn why things worked and why they failed and help others so they would have an easier time of gardening. When I had time to commit to the program, I applied and was accepted.

What is your favorite activity and why?

I have a couple of favorites. One is staffing information booths at garden centers. It gives me the chance to engage with the public, answer questions and share information that can help solve problems. This is very satisfying. The other favorite is answering phones at the help desk. I love helping people find research-based information so they can make informed decisions about their landscapes. Even when I know the answer, I still research the question because there is always new information to consider.

What is your favorite part of the program and why?

Hands down, the people and the friendships we form. Arapahoe County CMGs are a talented and passionate group of gardeners – collaborative, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, and generous. We learn from each other all the time.

Any other thoughts to share with the public…

Being a CMG is endlessly fascinating and quite humbling. There is always something new to learn and share. This program has opened my eyes to all the beauty and intricacies of the horticultural world, how everything in a landscape is interconnected and purposeful.

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