Mountain Village and CSU Extension Office presents Mountain Gardening 101: Tips for Success at High Elevation

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The Town of Mountain Village and San Miguel Basin Colorado State University (CSU) Extension office are partnering to present “Mountain Gardening 101: Tips for Success at High Elevation” on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Michael Ruterbories Memorial Community Garden located at Village Court Apartments at 415 Mountain Village Blvd.

Learn the basics of what you need to get started gardening in the mountains. Representatives from CSU’s Extension Office Yvette Henson, Paula Marlatt and Ellen Bradley will be on hand to answer questions about what grows best at our high elevation. Henson is the extension office’s director, Marlatt is an experienced farmer and gardener and Bradley is an area landscaper and extension office volunteer.

“We are pleased to offer the expertise of our CSU Extension Office to help our growers become educated and successful with their growing efforts,” said Mountain Village Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes.

Come with all of your gardening questions for these expert gardeners, who will also be available for mini-consultations on garden plots. Keep in mind, this class is open to anyone interested in high altitude mountain gardening.

Additionally, there are still 12 addition plots available in the community garden to Mountain Village residents or businesses. The garden includes 31 raised, wooden garden beds available in two sizes – eight feet by twelve feet ($25) and eight feet by eight feet ($20) – and located next to Village Court Apartments.

“Although we have a short growing season, it is important to the Town of Mountain Village to provide a place where residents can grow plants, if they cannot otherwise on their property, or if they otherwise have spatial constraints,” Haynes added. “The community garden is also a way our community members can come together.”

To learn more and sign up for a community garden plot, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/community-garden.

“The community garden supports our overall environmental incentives and community ethos.  If community members have an opportunity to grow vegetables and herbs, then it supports reducing our overall carbon emissions and creates a more resilient community,” stated Zoe Dohnal Community Engagement Coordinator.