Master Gardener: We’ll dig it 2018 |

Master Gardener: We’ll dig it 2018

Last summer the generosity in time and plants resulted in a gorgeous new garden at the 443 Nonprofit Center on the corner of 5th and Oak streets. Have you seen it? It’s filled with lovely perennials that will grow through the years and be a joy for all who walk by. United Way Day of Caring volunteers planted, weeded, pruned and mowed. Thanks to the volunteers and the generosity of gardeners who donated the plants, for creating a new bright spot in our community.

Master Gardeners are excited to continue and expand this program to relocating unwanted and/or overgrown perennial plants. We need your help.

Potential donors

Are you remodeling or building a house?  Building a garage? Installing a sidewalk? Thinning perennials? Rebuilding your garden? If you would like to rehome your unwanted plants, volunteers are available to handle the process and transport them to a new location. Contact Routt County Master Gardeners. We’ll dig it.

Potential recipients

Do you have empty planting beds or areas on your property that would benefit from re-homed plants and can be used as a community demonstration garden? Are you a part of a nonprofit organization that needs a garden spruce-up and willing to provide irrigation and give newly planted perennials and shrubs a little TLC while they adjust to their new home? If so, contact Routt County Master Gardeners. We’ll dig it.

Routt County Master Gardeners are ready to work with donors and recipients, community members and organizations to relocate plants to new homes and keep healthy plants out of our landfill.  Donated perennials will be planted in locations where they will grow, mature and bloom for more years. Not only will the program brighten our community with transplanted flowers, it will also create new bonds between donors, recipients and volunteer gardeners.

If you have questions about your garden, use your local Master Gardeners as a resource. Feel free to stop by the local extension office, 136 Sixth St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, call 970-870-5241 or email us at

Contact us anytime. We’ll dig it.

Pat Tormey and her husband, Doug, retired and moved to Steamboat Springs in 2014 where she quickly learned that raising plants in this environment was different than the decades spent gardening in the Midwest.  She took the Master Gardener class in 2015 and has enjoyed learning more every year since.  Currently, Tormey  is helping with the project above, raising vegetables for LiftUp at the community garden and volunteering at a local farm-to-table project.

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