Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray. Swallowtail butterfly on phlox.

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!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Native Plant Society Meeting & Field Trip

Calling all Northern Arizona plant lovers:

Come to the last official meeting and field trip of the season. This has been another successful year of botanical excursions, volunteer efforts and learning experiences. Come and let's celebrate.

Monthly meeting and presentation - Tuesday, October 18: Greg Davis Goodwin will present his research on the distribution of the US Fish and Wildlife Endangered Arizona cliffrose, Purshia subintegra. Greg is a Forest Service Biological Technician in the STEP Program, while he completes his MS in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).


The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in Room 328 of the Biology Building on the NAU campus.

Field Trip on Saturday, October 22: Hike in the Verde Valley Botanical Area with Greg Goodwin and others from the Forest Service and Arboretum at Flagstaff who have been studying the endangered Arizona cliffrose and other rare plants for many years. Learn about their research and discover fall flowering and fruiting plants while enjoying cooler temperatures in our newest Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) location on the Coconino National Forest.

If you are in Flagstaff, meet at 8:30 am at the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, southwest corner of Beaver and Butler. Come prepared with sun protection, lots of water, food for lunch, and a car or gas money for carpooling.

Folks from the Verde or down south can meet us at the 89A - Rocking Chair Road parking area at 1000. We will be back at Rocking Chair Rd. by 1400.

Please contact Barb at 928-853-3355 if you have any questions.

Posted by D. Lamm

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