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Colorado State University Extension operates in partnership with the El Paso County Community Services Division to provide non-credit programming to local citizens.

What is the Colorado Gardener Certification Program?

Colorado Gardener Certificate (CGC) is an in-depth training in basic horticulture science and practices primarily aimed at amenity landscaping.  The certification is an honored credential for those who are seeking employment in the horticulture industry. Those who are currently working in the horticulture industry or for individuals who are interested in learning more about how to plan and maintain their own home landscapes.  The basic curriculum includes ten weeks (60 hours) of classroom instruction.  Classes are held January through March, on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Some variation occurs in the basic schedule from year to year.

Participants are expected to attend all training sessions. There is a fee. Registration for the series opens in October. Classes begin in January. Watch the home page of this website for additional details. To receive the Colorado Gardener Certificate, students must attend at least 80% of the class sessions.


Please contact 719-520-7688 for more information.

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.