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, December 9, 2011

3rd Annual Coconino Master Gardener Assoc. Christmas Party

Thank you to all who participated in our 3rd annual Christmas Party. Special thanks to Julie Holmes for hosting this year. A great meal was enjoyed by all and a fun time with the "white elephant gift exchange". Irene Matthews is still looking for another gift.

Looking for a gift for the gardener on your list? Calendars for 2012 are still available at the Cooperative Extension, Warner's, Native Plant & Seed, and the downtown CSA.

Our first meeting for 2012 will be in January 12, at 630pm, at the Shepherd of the Hills Church. The monthly lecture will be on the History of Farming in Flagstaff and the speaker is Meredith Hartwell. Come join us. We will again be collecting dues for the 2012 CMGA membership.

Last of all, don't forget to add all your (volunteer & education) hours to the blog so Crys Wells can come up with totals for 2011. Her reports help justify the support we get from the County Board of Supervisors. The higher the numbers the better.

The seed catalogs have already begun to arrive and before you know it we will be knee deep in gardening again. Looking for something to do in the down time? The CMGA and MG Program has already begun work on the Highlands Garden Conference next fall - watch the blog for their meetings. Faith Brittain has agreed to head up the Home Show for 2012 and she will need help with planning and manning the booth in March.

Loni Shapiro
Coconino Master Gardener Association

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