Coconino Master Gardener Association

A photo from the Flagstaff Tour of Artistic Gardens. If you missed it the art and landscaping with difficult terrain was spectacular this year. This fundraiser allows all to exchange ideas for their garden. Funds raised are used to support grants for gardens in Flagstaff next year.
Photo by Loni Shapiro.



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
Contacts.
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!

Event Calendar

Sunday, August 4, 2019

CMGA August Meeting


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm       Welcome-Sue Madden, President         
6:35-6:40pm       Introduction of Speakers—Gillie Thomas
6:40-7:45pm       Education: Rosemary Logan/Permaculture                         
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00-8:25pm       Business Meeting
Art-full Summer Garden Tours/July 20—Thank you to Colleen Tucker and Jennifer Quarterman for the beautiful summer garden tour.
Summer Plant Sale/ Thank you to Judy Springer for the Summer Plant Sale in June.
CCC Garden/Lone Tree.  Welcomes volunteers to help with the garden.  They have an official garden that Master Gardeners may use for volunteer time.
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
§  Bus Stop Garden MG is looking good—irrigation in and plants doing well.  Beginning Gardening classes are using this garden as an example for the different techniques used in home gardening.
§  Master Gardener Hotline will begin when staff and volunteers are available.  Help Desk Coordinator and other volunteers needed.
Financial Report—Jeff Best, Treasurer will report
Committee Progress Reports:
Continuing Education - Gilli Thomas would welcome suggestions for presenters or subjects that would interest gardeners in Northern AZ.
·         September22, 2019—Picnic Potluck/Violas, 12-2pm
·         October 10, 2019—Bokhasi Composting/Steve Alston
·         November 14, 2019—Pine Needle Composting/Frank Branham
·         December 12, 2019—Christmas Party
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers will report volunteer hours.
Social Chair – Liz George—Sign-ups for the rest of the year are complete.
Seed Library – Jackie Alston—will report on Master Gardener grant projects, Seed Library and Saturday Garden etc column in the Daily Sun
Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro—Lexi Leopold is tending the calendar for Loni for the month of August.  Send information to Lexi at lexileop@gmail.com.
Historian—Tammy Valdovino
Fundraising Chair—Sherline Alexander. 
8:25-8:30              Gardening Questions? 
Next meeting:  Picnic and New Master Gardener Recognition at Viola’s September 22, 12-2pm/Potluck.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

2019 Tour of Artful Gardens

Last weekend I attended the Tour of Artful Gardens as I do every year. Each year Colleen Tucker and Jennifer Quarterman make it better. I enjoyed this one so much because of all the art. Each garden was different in how they incorporated it with their plants. Whatever they did it worked. Talk about recycling - I saw so many things that most people throw in the trash. However, how they did it showed artistic talent and accented so many of the beautiful flower choices. Below is at least one photo I chose from each. It was very difficult to choose. I also included some from Jeff Best.

1.  We started in Mountainaire at Pat and Joe Policastro. This hillside garden featured a huge planter with a stand of aspens, a lovely outdoor living area, and loads of garden art. Below is my favorite piece incorporated into their water feature.




2.  The 2nd garden in Mountainaire was at Alice Hill's home. This cottage style garden has hilly meandering paths that wind through many types of pollinating flowers, and inviting outdoor seating area, and loads of garden art. The garden was teeming in pollinators. She included several pollinator hotels. One of the pictures I am including is a hotel sitting on some logs which are also great for pollinator habitat.


Photo by Jeff Best
               
3.  Our 3rd stop was in Kachina Village at Lorrie & Frank Bain's. Completely designed and built by the homeowners, this garden features many Malpais rock borders that surround beds of native plant, herbs, vegetables, raspberries, with lots of annual and perennial color. They had many hens and chicks and had several on sale for those who were interested in growing them.



 4.  The 4th stop we made was our 1st in Flagstaff at the home of Kathy Crowfoot. This colorful Western themed garden is a combination of large containers interspersed with fountains and interesting found art. It received the Flagstaff Xeriscape Award in 2008.

Photo by Jeff Best

After a lovely lunch at Little America's restaurant with a beautiful view of their gardens we started again.

5.  The gardens of Martha and Judy O'dea were first on our afternoon list. This small but intimate backyard has multiple flower beds of varying heights, cozy seating areas, and a cascading waterfall they call the Salmon Run. Their dog and cat were both present to greet everyone.



6.  The last garden was a shady sanctuary garden that has pops of color provided by a mixture of shade loving perennials accent plants, highlighted by whimsical glass and metal. It is the home of Jeanne and Eddie Baker.

Photo by Jeff Best
Enjoy and think about entering your garden next year. This was a fundraiser and the proceeds will help fund our grants for next year. In the spring a call will go out for non-profits interested in receiving grants for gardens with educational purposes. Watch the blog. Sorry if you missed the tours this year. It is a great tour for ideas for incorporating art and plant combinations that work at high elevations.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

News from the Native Plant Society

At our meeting last night, Ariel Leonard gave a great presentation on how to use i-phones to take pictures for iNaturalist. She said the forest service would like to have volunteers to take pictures of certain plants and upload them so the data is available to help make land use decisions. If you would like to help with endeavor, contact Ariel at
ariel.leonard@usda.gov.

Botany Bill Suporters

Hello Botany Bill Supporters!!

Quick update! The Botany Bill number is moving forward and we need your help!

A hearing in the House of Representatives Natural Resources Public Lands Subcommittee is scheduled for 10am Thursday, July 18th!

Please sign the letter of support by TOMORROW, Wednesday July 17th at 5:00EST!
We hope to gather 1,000 signatures by the deadline!

Help spread the word!
Please take a minute to forward this email to like-minded friends, colleagues and professional acquaintances and visit the Botany Bill website for more information & helpful resources on increasing bipartisan cosponsorship of this bill!

Many thanks for your interest and support!!
 - Kay Havens, Andrea Kramer, and Krissa Skogen
 
Above from Sue Holiday

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, August 20: Ahsa Jensen, Grand Canyon’s Federally-Listed Endangered Plant, Sentry Milk- Vetch

Grand Canyon has one federally-listed endangered plant, the sentry milkvetch (Astragalus cremnophylax var. cremnophylax). The sentry milk-vetch is endemic to Grand Canyon and is only found in soil pockets located in the Kaibab Limestone, on the edge of the canyon. With limited populations, the park’s Science and Resource Management Division has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon Conservancy to implement a recovery plan that includes reintroduction sites to remove the plant from the federal list of Threatened and Endangered Species.
Ahsa Jensen is Grand Canyon’s Native Plant Nursery Manager and has worked with the propagation, outplanting, and monitoring of the sentry milk-vetch for the last six years. She will present on the park’s reintroduction efforts for sites on the south rim of Grand Canyon.


Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens

 Poster to print for the 2019 Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens
July 20, 2019, 10am-3pm
LINK


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Flagstaff Climate Leaders Course

Flagstaff Climate Leaders Course
Do you want to ignite climate action in your community? Register for the NEW Climate Leader course offered this fall through the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program. This 8-week course will teach you how to initiate positive climate conversations and actions, and make Flagstaff more sustainable.

Course Details:
What: Eight-week course and 30-hour volunteer program.
Participants will receive information on climate change in Flagstaff, the recently adopted Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, how to engage in positive climate change conversations, and how to initiate climate action from local community leaders. Each session will feature guest speakers from academic, government, and community organizations with expertise in climate science, climate communication, and climate action leadership. Upon completion, participants commit to completing 30 hours of climate-related volunteerism within a year (and are encouraged to continue volunteering!).

When: August 7th – September 25th
Eight Wednesday night sessions, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Plus: several optional Saturday field trips (dates and times TBD)

Where: Murdoch Community Center, 203 E Brannen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Cost: FREE! Volunteer hours are expected. Snacks will be provided each week.

Learn more about the course HERE, and register directly HERE.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lee Bryant (lee.bryant@flagstaffaz.gov, 928-213-2156).
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Lee Bryant | Climate Education VISTA
City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program
AmeriCorps VISTA
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
(928) 213-2156

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rocky Mountain Seed School

Did you know that our six-day Seed School costs between $12,000 and $15,000 to produce?  This includes fair pay for our awesome teachers, organic meals for usually up to 30 people for six days (guests, teachers, staff, etc.), transportation, lodging, facility rental, admin and updating and creation of the program itself. 
Tuition for Seed School is $700 for the general public, $560 for a RMSA member. Class size is generally around 20. We find scholarships are essential! Our experience has taught us to expect no more than 50% of the total possible tuition for any given class due to helping those in need.  If you do the math, you may be startled. RMSA may bring in upwards around $7,000 to cover a potential $15,000 expense! 
This is why grants, ongoing monthly contributions, larger donations (from those who can afford it) and periodic campaigns are essential to our ability to sustain ourselves. Currently, we are in the midst of our summer campaign and want to reach a goal of $15,000 in donations.
What will we do with $15,000?  Well, you already know it supports our ground-breaking Seed School program (more than 1,000 people trained since 2010). It also underwrites our Grain Trials program, Grain School, Seed Stewards, Seed Summit, Curriculum Development, Media Outreach, and simply just running our small non-profit of parttime people dedicated to changing the agricultural paradigm one backyard at a time. 
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is passionate about keeping seeds in the hands of the people by inspiring, educating, and networking like-minded individuals to come together, empower each other and create seed sovereignty everywhere.
Our work is not possible without your support. Please make a donation to our Summer Campaign today. You, your family, and future generations will reap the benefits!
With Appreciation,
RMSA Staff
P.S. – Are you a farmer or gardener using local seeds? Let your friends, neighbors, or customers know that your hardy, delicious heirloom crops are Grown with Local Seeds! Order these special stickers from RMSA to proudly label your produce and make a statement about the food system you want to create. Thank you!

Monday, July 8, 2019

CMGA Meeting Agenda


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm       Welcome-Kari Usher, Vice President     
6:35-6:40pm       Introduction of Speakers—Hattie Braun
6:40-7:45pm       Education: Emily Melhorn/Vertical Gardening                  
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00-8:25pm       Business Meeting
Art-full Summer Garden Tours/July 20—Everything is set up for the Summer Garden Tours.  Any questions, ask Colleen Tucker at (928) 853-0315 or Jennifer Quarterman at (720) 560-7575.  
Summer Plant Sale/June15—Judy Springer will attend and update the membership on the plant sale.
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
§  New editors for the Garden Etcetera column in the Daily Sun, Cindy Murray and Jackee Alston.
§  Bus Stop Garden MG is looking good—irrigation in and plants doing well.
§  Master Gardener Hotline will begin when staff and volunteers are available.  Help Desk Coordinator and other volunteers needed.
§  Master Gardener Class in Page will begin this Fall with 8 classes by Hattie or other Master Gardeners and 8 classes online.
Financial Report—Jeff Best, Treasurer will report

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

CMGA Meeting Agends June 13, 2019


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm       Welcome-Sue Madden, President         
6:35-6:40pm       Introduction of Speakers—Sue Madden
6:40-7:45pm       Education: Jeff Mielander/High Elevation Desert Gardening                       
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00-8:25pm       Business Meeting
Art-full Summer Garden Tours/July 20—Questions?  Ask Colleen Tucker at (928) 853-0315 or Jennifer Quarterman at (720) 560-7575.  Six gardens have been selected.  One volunteer is still needed for the afternoon.
Gilli Thomas—Water Conservation for the City of Flagstaff.  Gilli will continue to attend as the CMGA presence with other groups that have a stake in this issue.  Nothing new to report.
MG Coordinator Happenings—Sue Madden
§  Summer Plant Sale, June 15.  Vendors and plant sellers have been signing up.  Volunteers still needed to assist.  No food trucks, snacks will be available for sale.  Sale starts at 8am for CMGA members and 9am for the general public.
§  Bus Stop Garden MG/Volunteer needed.  Plants mostly in the ground now.
§  Master Gardener Hotline will begin when staff and volunteers are available.  Help Desk Coordinator and other volunteers needed.
Financial Report—Jeff Best, Treasurer will report
Committee Progress Reports:
Continuing Education - Gilli Thomas would welcome suggestions for presenters
·         June 13, 2019—High Elevation Desert Gardening/Jeff Mielander
·         July 11, 2019—Vertical Gardening/Emily Melhorn
·         August 8, 2019—Permaculture/Rosemary Logan
·         September—TBD/Picnic and Recognition of New Master Gardeners
·         October 10, 2019—Bokhasi Composting/Steve Alston
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers will report volunteer hours.
Social Chair – Liz George—Sign-ups for the rest of the year are complete.
Seed Library – Jackie Alston
Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro—New calendar for the Blog
Historian—Tammy Valdovino
Fundraising Chair—Sherline Alexander.  Sherline will be helping with logistics for the Artful Gardens Tour.
8:25-8:30              Gardening Questions?  Can I volunteer even if I am not a Master Gardener?
Next meeting:  July 11 with speaker Emily Melhorn/Vertical Gardening.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

3rd Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Festival

June 15, 2019 - 9 am - 1 pm, Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ


CMGA members only preview - 8 am - 9 am

The Coconino County Master Gardener Association (CMGA) and University of Arizona Coconino County Extension Office are pleased to present the third annual plant sale and garden festival. We'll have a master gardener table with experts to answer your gardening questions, gardening demonstrations and workshops, and children's activities. Runs with Scissors will be sharpening clippers, scissors, knives and other small items. Vendors will be selling vegetables, houseplants, ornamental and native plants as well as seeds and garden-related items including birding supplies, books and pottery. Our current list of vendors includes:

- Arboretum at Flagstaff
- Brightside Books
- Flagstaff Ecoranch
- Forestdale Farm Stewards 
- Jay's Bird Barn
- Julie MacDonald
- NAU Clay Club
- Olivia White Hospice
Peaks View 4-H Club
- Terroir Seeds
- Verde Valley School
- Willow Moon Nursery

Not all vendors will have the capability to run credit cards, so you are encouraged to bring cash.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Judy Springer
928-699-1027

Saturday, June 8, 2019