The Colorado State University Extension Tri River Area Horticulture Program extends research-based information about plant-related concerns to home gardeners, the Green Industry (nurseries, sod farms, lawn care companies, arborists, etc.), commercial vegetable producers, government entities, and other community members and agencies in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel and Gunnison Counties. Information is also provided on a state, interstate, and international level because of our efforts.
Major program areas and educational activities include but are not limited to:
- Insect and plant disease diagnosis
- Master Gardener program
- Workshops for ‘Green Industry Professionals’ and backyard gardeners
- Expertise regarding sod farms, pesticide application, commercial nursery production, greenhouse crop production and vegetable crops.
- Soil and water testing for soluble salts and related soils information.
In addition to our program areas we also invite you to visit the Ute Ethno-botanical Learning Garden.The two and a half acre Ute Learning Garden features native plants that were used by the Utes on their annual migrations. Berms in the garden group the plants into life zones representing the altitudes and ecosystems of Western Colorado. The garden features wickiups, a tipi and a shade structure and interpretive signs that describe Ute culture and history. Tours available. For a Visit Request Form click here.
Watch this cool video discussing the Ute Learning Garden! Building Relationships with Indian Tribes
Susan Carter, Horticulture Agent
Christine Prins, TRA Master Gardener Coordinator