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Volunteer Spotlight Q&A – Donnetta Wilhelm

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

I joined in 2006. My motives were self-serving at the time, as every single thing in our landscape was failing to thrive or on the cusp of death. In searching for answers, I found horticulture solutions offered through CSU Extension, which led me to the CMG Program. Once I learned how to do things correctly and our landscape flourished, I wanted to teach others how to do the same.

What is your favorite activity and why?
Phone shifts, Ask Extension and diagnostics are my favorites because I enjoy research. There is always something new to learn, and CSU is great in diagnostics instruction, solutions, and improved methodologies that we can teach the gardening public.

What is your favorite part of the program and why?
Helping the frustrated gardening public. Having experienced numerous problems myself, it is gratifying to educate others so they can have success in their landscape and gardening endeavors.

What is the biggest thing you have learned that you didn’t know before becoming a Master Gardener?

There are specific ways to garden along the Front Range, which is full of unique challenges. Most soil difficulties, environmental issues, drought trouble, disease or insect problems and plant woes have solutions. Learning to adapt your practices will lead to a more fulfilling gardening experience under these challenges.

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