Get to know your native plants at program

Get to know your native plants at program



The Native Plant Master Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Though the Colorado National Monument class dates have already passed, you can still sign up for other classes on Grand Mesa and at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in June and July, if you do so as soon as possible.

The courses cost $50 per location with a volunteer commitment or $75 without volunteer hours. Contact Susan Carter for information or an application via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 244-1834.

A Native Plant open house also will be held from 9–11 a.m. June 10 at the Ute Learning Garden at the Colorado State University Extension office at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. It is free and open to the public.

Mother Nature is an incredible gardener. And if you’ve ever wondered about the hardy fauna of the high desert and wanted to be that person who knows the name of that pretty yellow flower blooming over there, there’s a way to become a master.

A Native Plant Master, that is.

Think of it as a training to help you become that cool person who knows all the names of the flowers on the hikes, so your companions can be awed when you point out a cluster of orange globemallow or educate them on the uses of four-winged saltbush or piñon pine.

In Colorado, you can become a Master Gardener with training and completing required volunteer hours helping the public with gardening issues and questions. But you can also become a Native Plant Master with informative on-site classes with the outdoors as your learning lab, and you commit to spreading the knowledge you learn to a certain number of people each year.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the program, which has…

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