Coconino Master Gardener Association

I couldn't resist this photo from Cindy Murray even though it is the back of the bird. For all you bird watchers it is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet on an Alberta spruce tree. And no she did not Photoshop it!

Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners' Association Blog. The mission of the Coconino Master Gardener Program is to support the University of Arizona by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public. The program creates a corps of well-informed volunteers, and delivers quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The mission of the association is to provide support for those volunteers and Master Gardener graduates, continuing education, and opportunities to participate in community programs that increase the visibility and participation in the Master Gardener Program.
On this site you will find gardening news, links, a calendar for local events, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, agenda/minutes for our association monthly meetings, and association documents and contacts.
The Coconino County Master Gardener Association was founded in 2009 by a small group of master gardeners with the help of Hattie Braun the Director of the MG Program. After several small meetings it was opened to all master gardeners on May 21st, 2009. Meetings are held monthly on the 2rd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We meet at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco). The agenda usually includes continuing education and a short business meeting. Watch this blog for the agenda and minutes for all meetings. Contacts for the association (officers and committee chairs) are listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reporting Master Gardener Hours

All master gardener trainees and certified master gardeners need to report their hours.
Beginning in 2010 certified master gardeners need to have 6 Education hours and 12 Volunteer hours in order to maintain certification.The on line reporting system allows you to report Education or Volunteer hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Crys Wells or Hattie Braun. Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under
Link to reporting

Ideas for hours------
--Attend monthly meetings
--Work on an association committee
--Work at an informational booth for the Master Gardeners
--Be a speaker about gardening topics at a variety of venues

--Host a garden tour
--Work at the home show
--Work at a MG site (Olivia White Hospice, the Arboretum, Riordan Mansion, or school gardens (many others)). Check out the Assoc. Doc. & Forms under Volunteer Sites.
--Work in the Extension office
--Write an article for the newspaper column -Gardening Excetera
-Volunteer with the Seed Library
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops

2019 Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops

It’s fruit tree pruning season and The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County is offering two free deciduous fruit tree pruning demonstrations conducted by Extension Agent, Jeff Schalau. Come and learn why, when, and how to prune your backyard fruit trees. Demonstrations will cover apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and more. Fertilization, irrigation and fruit thinning will also be discussed. Signs will be posted prior to the workshops to help participants find the locations. Follow Extension Agent, Jeff Schalau on Twitter (@jeffschalau) for timely information such as cancellations due to inclement weather.

10:00 AM Saturday February 16, 2019, at the Marmaduke Orchard, 3435 S Silver Rd, Camp Verde.
Directions: take Hwy 260 (General Crook Trail) to Salt Mine Rd, travel west on Salt Mine Rd for about 5.1 miles past Windy Point (where the road climbs over a hill) and to the straight section of road running north/south. South Silver Rd is on the left about 1/2 mile down the straight section of road. The Marmaduke Orchard is about 500 ft from Salt Mine Rd at the end of S Silver Rd. A small sign will be posted at the intersection of Salt Mine Rd and S Silver Rd.

10:00 AM Saturday February 23, 2019, at the McLandress Orchard, 850 S. Maricopa St, Chino Valley.
Directions: take Hwy 89 to Chino Valley, turn west on Road 2 South, continue about 1.3 miles and turn right (north) on Maricopa St. The McLandress home is the fourth developed property on the left.

Can't attend a workshop? Click here to view deciduous fruit tree pruning videos presented by Jeff Schalau

Go to site for further info:

If you can't make any of the workshops follow this link for an article by Jeff Schalau:

Monday, January 14, 2019