Visit our Colorado State Extension office for more news, tools and resources.

Close Icon
The Chaffee County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

Gardening & Horticulture   arrow

The average elevation in Chaffee County is about 7,500 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, FlowersFruits & VegetablesGardenNotes (Master Gardener Publications),Trees and Shrubs and Yard.


Colorado Master Gardener Program

CSU Extension volunteers trained in horticulture and work out of the local county extension office. Learn more

Native Plant Master

Want to learn more about the plants that grow in nature? Take a Native Plant Master class and get to know the native plants of Colorado. Learn more


Reliable, timely information on more than 500 horticultural topics, in English and Spanish. Learn more

Plant Select®

Plants chosen for their beauty, resilience, low maintenance and suitability to the Rocky Mountain region. Learn more


Recursos en Español

CSU Extension has several publications for the Colorado gardener. Topics in this section include:

Gardening Basics

Go to top of this page.

Garden Diseases

Go to top of this page.


Go to top of this page.

Fruits and vegetables

Go to top of this page.

Native Plants

Trees & Shrubs

Go to top of this page.


Go to top of this page.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grow and Give Colorado Grow & Give was created to address food insecurity in Colorado by connecting backyard and community gardens to food donation sites across the state. Click here to access resources to help you both ‘Grow’ and ‘Give’ part of your garden’s bounty to those in need.