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CMG Statewide Conference >> October 16 & 17, 2020

Virtual Conference | Complete this form to both register & pay online.
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This conference has passed. Recordings are available. Please register to receive link and password to access all of the recorded sessions below. Email after paying to receive the link.

Price reduced to $10 for access to recordings. Discount codes do not apply.


Colorado Master Gardener Statewide Conference

Please join Colorado Master Gardeners and Extension Master Gardeners from across the region for two days of virtual presentations on topics that will inspire, inform, and invigorate.  From how to be a more effective user of Google, to using gardening education to spur economic development, to the cutting edge of landscape design and maintenance—this is not one to miss!


  • 12:00-1:00pm The Joy of Search:  Augmenting Intelligence by Teaching People How to Search  Speaker: Dr. Daniel Russel, Google Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness

  • 2:00-4:30pm  Train the Trainer: Colorado Landscape Basics Curriculum Speakers: Amy Lentz and Alison O'Connor, CSU Horticulture Agents

  • 5:00-6:00pm Why Can't I Find Plant Select Plants? And What To Do About it! Speaker: Ross Shrigley, Executive Director of Plant Select


  • 9:00-10:00am What Should Demonstration Gardens Demonstrate? Speaker: Dr. James Hitchmough, University of Sheffield

  • 10:15am-11:30am Ecological Gardening: A Look at Plants & Places in Sardinia Speaker: Marco Scano, Landscape Designer in Italy
  • 1:00-2:30pm  COVID Creativity: Updates from County CMG Groups Speakers: Alison O’Connor (Larimer); Todd Hagenbuch (Routt); Gwen Garcelon (Eagle County); Sunshine Gearheart (Weld)

  • 3:00-4:30pm Understanding Diversity and Inclusion from a Dandelion’s Perspective Speaker: Erika Sandoval, CSU Diversity & Inclusive Engagement Specialist, Front Range Region

  • 5:30-7:00pm Urban Farming - Empowering Diverse Communities to Grow Food and Grow Businesses Speaker: Brien Darby, Manager of Urban Food Programs, Denver Botanic Gardens



Virtual Conference hosted on Zoom. Link provided the week of the conference in October. Registration includes access to recordings of each session for at least 3 months. Recordings will be available by November 15, 2020.



$15 | Please pay online

$5 Discount for Colorado Master Gardeners - contact your local county coordinator for the code.

Registration ends on 10/14/20 at 11:59PM or when we are full (capacity is 500).


Why is there a cost for a virtual conference? There is a cost for technology to host a virtual conference securely and smoothly. Furthermore, we have some great speakers who we are providing a speakers fee. Paying a small fee allows us to make this event possible and cost-neutral. Thanks for understanding!

Continuing Education Credit Hours: This conference provides over 10 hours of CE. You are not expected to attend ALL sessions, simply record what you do attend. Moreover, we hope this conference provides useful and interesting educational opportunities to expand your work as a garden educator, advocate and volunteer. We are not providing CE certificates, please use your receipt and the schedule to demonstrate attendance as your state/county requires.


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