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Gardening and Food SafetyThe average elevation in the state is above 6,800 feet; high intensity sunlight and generally low humidity, rapid and extreme weather fluctuations and diverse soil conditions all combine to challenge Colorado gardeners. We have the resources to help you be successful. Topics in this section include: Gardening Basics, Diseases, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables, GardenNotes (Master Gardener Publications), Trees and Shrubs and Yard.

  • Online Resources for Gardening and Landscape
    Combines the following garden and landscape resources in one page: CSU Hort Blog, PlantTalkTM Colorado, Yard and Garden Fact Sheets, and Master Gardener GardenNotes.
  • Northern Colorado Bloom
    Free guide for all things gardening in northern Colorado.
  • Hort Agents and Specialists Blog
    Colorado gardening for everyone! Advice and Observations from your CSU Extension Horticulture Agents and Specialists
  • CSU Annual Flower Trial Garden
    The purpose of the trial program conducted at the Annual Flower Trial Garden is to evaluate the performance of different annual plant cultivars under our unique Rocky Mountain environmental conditions. Click here to see live webcams in the gardens.
  • Gardening After Five
    We garden in the real world – the one that takes place after five. This is full-contact landscaping, and we need support or therapy to make it work. Here, you’ll find a bit of both.