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The Elbert County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.
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Kali Benson, Elbert County Extension Agent

Programming Areas of Responsibility:
4-H Livestock, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Horticulture (Master Gardeners)
Office Phone: (303) 621-3162
Direct Line: (303) 621-3147

Master Gardeners

Colorado Master Gardener Volunteers assist CSU Extension staff in delivering knowledge-based information about home gardening to foster successful gardening.

Elbert County Master Gardeners are in the Extension office on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 1pm to 4:30 pm the months of April through September.

You can ask any of your gardening related questions of our Master Gardeners by calling the Extension office 303-621-3162 on Tuesdays or Thursdays. You are welcome to come into the office and bring in samples. Or you may e-mail our Master Gardeners directly any time:



The Elbert County Master Gardeners publish the newsletter “Lett-uce Inform You” four times a year. You may request a hard copy of the newsletter be mailed to you by contacting the Extension office. You also may receive via e-mail.

On-line emailed newsletter archives:


Elbert County Favorite Plants in 2017!

2017’s theme is favorite plants recommended by local professionals, researchers, and Master Gardeners.  The emphasis will be on plant material that grows well in our county, given the challenges of extreme weather, wind, soils and sun.

Join us for informative short classes or contact the Master Gardner office for help answering your questions, identifying problem plants, insects, plant diseases or for information on where to get your questions answered.

Call our Elbert County Extension office (303)621-3162 for our Master Gardeners and to reserve space at any of our seminars.
If you need any special accommodation(s) to participate in the events listed, please contact Colorado State University Extension at 303-621-3162. Your request must be submitted at least five business days in advance of event. Colorado State University, U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Elbert County cooperating. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

  • February 8 – Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave. Kiowa @ 6pm – $10
    Favorite Plants for an Edible Landscape
    Andy Hough from Hidden Mesa Open Space
    Dinner will be available @ 6pm followed by seminar @ 7pm cost for dinner and seminar $10.00
  • February 18 – Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave.  Kiowa @ 9am – $5.00
    Bee Timely
    Denise Drummond & Diane Stack, Master Gardeners
  • March 18 –Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave Kiowa @ 9am  – $5.00
    My 3 favorite Heirloom Tomatoes & How to Propagate them to be productive in Elbert County –
    Bonnie Gonzales & Debi Bredeson, Master Gardeners
  • April 12 – Frontier High School, 589 S. Banner St Elizabeth @ 6:30pm – $10.00
    Tree Planting
    Presented by the Elbert County Master Gardeners
    Take home your own seedling tree!
  • May 20th – Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave Kiowa @9am – $5.00
    Favorite Plants Roundhouse
    Katie Sanders favorite plants for medicinal preparations. We will have favorite plantings for containers of local landscapers and favorite Herb Container Gardens.

Call our Elbert County Extension office (303)621-3162 for our Master Gardeners and to reserve space at any of our seminars.