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Suzanne, I am moving to Co. too and am in interested in the Master Gardener Program up there , but as yet haven't heard back from them up there in Denver. Wanted to know what plants I could take up there to live outside and which I am going to have to keep in containers! Yes I am digging up plants to take with me! Some of the furniture is going to have to stay behind!! I still prolly have about 6 months or so to go before I have to really worry about taking my "babies" up north. Any suggestions anyone!?!
It's a big jump, that's for sure! You'd be surprised how quickly you fall in love with the plants that are hardy here... I thought for sure I'd never like my garden again as much I did in Texas, but that's not true anymore.
I have inquired about the Master Gardening program here, and found that they offer classes during the day on Thursdays in the Spring. So it seems you have to be retired, not work, or make your own hours to become a Master Gardener here. Too bad, because I've been looking forward to doing it for a long time.
I don't blame you about digging up your plants. If/when I move to another house here I will be digging every last one!! :) Give me a list of what you've got and I can tell you what will work and what won't. I have a pretty big container plant collection of things I couldn't bare to part with.
There's a Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum here that is pretty active and VERY well informed. You could start a thread over there to ask for help, as well. The weather and the mountains are worth it, you'll love it here!