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COVID-19 Financial Protections

Protect yourself financially from Coronavirus 19. Read what Araphoe County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Sheila Gains, recommends during this economic recession brought on by COVID-19. Scammers follow the headlines – beware of fraudulent messages, websites, and social media accounts! Click the image to enlarge.

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Behind the Scenes – A Vision Transformed

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Did you get to the 2020 Colorado Garden and Home Show in February to see the spectacular CSU Extension Education Garden? The theme was “Heroes and Villains in the Garden” and featured larger than life insects that emphasized the special connection between insects and plants. This garden wouldn’t have […]

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Make Room for Native Plants

By Pam Rosendal, Colorado Master Gardener Chances are, you’ve heard about the advantages of native plants in urban gardens and landscapes. It has been a topic of increasing interest in the media. Let’s take a quick look. Well, you might ask, “What is a native plant?” Native plants “occur naturally in a particular region, state, […]

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Welcoming Spring with Colorful Blooming Shrubs

By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener A Gallup Poll found that 36% of Americans named spring as their favorite season. Lawns are greening and trees are awakening. Spring birds fill the air with their songs while rainbows of bulbs burst forth in bloom. Adding dazzling color displays to the landscape is easy with a variety […]

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Emerald Ash Borer: What you need to know

By Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent Spring is in the air! Time to think about all the spring and summer yard and garden projects. Among your projects, here is one to add to the list: Make a plan for your ash tree. As of March 2020, emerald ash borer (EAB) has NOT been confirmed […]

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Speaker’s Bureau

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Have you ever wondered how and when to prune your maple tree, how to combat Japanese beetles, what vegetable varieties do best in Colorado, or how to attract pollinators to your garden? These represent a small sampling of the diverse number of gardening and landscape topics that Arapahoe County […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Farley-Wade

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 Donna Farley-Wade. When did you join the Colorado Master Gardener program? I started the program January 2014. Why did you join the program? I joined the program to […]

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A Walk Through Time

By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener You don’t need to leave the Denver metro area to take a step back in time to the post-Civil War era when settlers traveled by covered wagon across the Great Plains to make their homes at the foot of the Rockies. The lure for many was the promise of […]

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Holiday Cacti

By Paula Szilard, Colorado Master Gardener If they weren’t so common, we’d all be transfixed by these stunning plants. Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti are rainforest cacti from Brazil in the genus Schlumbergera. These plants are virtually identical, except Thanksgiving cacti bloom earlier. The Easter cactuses are distinct and fall into two different genera. There are […]

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Plant a Tree, Plant a Legacy

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Let’s face it. Trees are a magnificent part of the landscape. They provide shade and cooling, provide habitat for animals, sequester carbon, add value to property, and add important structure and presence to the garden. When you plant a tree, you are planting a legacy for future generations to […]

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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.