Gardening in the mountains is challenging at best, but it is still possible to grow wonderful flowers, trees, shrubs, and vegetables.
Gilpin County has an active group of Colorado Master Gardeners who live and garden at elevations of 7500′ or higher. This group has put together the following informative set of pages:
- High and Dry Gardens
- Yard & gardening publications
- Mountain Gardening basic principles, water rights
- Pests and diseases of aspens, conifers
- What grows well in the mountains? Plant Recommendations
- Links to Additional Mountain Gardening Resources
- Mountain gardening blog
Test your soil to know what you might need to change to optimize growing conditions.
To learn more about becoming a Colorado Mountain Master Gardener, visit the Colorado Master Gardener website.
Plant Talk website provides reliable, timely information on more than 500 horticultural topics.
Sign up now– 2017 Gilpin County Community Garden application
Our demonstration gardens, located in front of the Gilpin Extension Office/Exhibit Barn, feature several gardens including:
- The High and Dry Garden– a research and demonstration garden made possible by a grant from the Colorado Home and Garden Show featuring plants that are native and do not need to be watered (other than being watered-in when planted).
- Critter Resistant Garden- shows plants that are aromatic or bitter and, therefore, less attractive to ground squirrels, rabbits, deer and pocket gophers.
- The Bird and Butterfly Garden- has plants specially for birds and butterflies and is not watered (except for being watered-in when planted).
- The Perennial Edible Garden- has edible plants that will grow in the mountains with almost no water.
Come visit the Gardens at your convince to gain inspiration and knowledge for your own mountain garden.
Fruits & Vegetables
Growing fruits and vegetables in the mountains be very successful… however, there are some guidelines and tips you will need to consider. Click here to learn more about growing fruits and vegetables in the mountains.
Even in the midst of paradise, we have to contend with noxious weeds. Whether beautiful or ugly, these bullies are rapidly taking over and destroying our mountain ecosystems. Click to learn more about the weeds we need to worry about in the mountains.
Native Plant Master Program
Click for more information on this fun but intense field class.