Coconino Master Gardener Association

Tulipa tarda one of my favorite species tulips. Cultivation of tulips began in Persia and spread to Turkey and Afghanistan and these beauties thrive on climates with long, cool springs and dry summers. Species tulips are one of the early blooming tulips in Flagstaff. There are a few in the Arboretum gardens and many at Olivia White Hospice Gardens. They are short, close to the ground, and come in many colors and shapes, bur usually more open than the standard Holland tulips. Look for these to plant in the fall for next year.
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
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!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hydroponics Classes in Tucson

The Controlled Environment Ag Center in Tucson is hosting a crop production intensive January 2-8, 2012.

New in 2012 – Three Intensive Options!
January 2 – 6, 2012 Intensive Focused on Tomato Production
January 6 – 8, 2012 Intensive Focused on Lettuce Production
January 2 – 8, 2012 Combined Intensive: Both Tomatoes & Lettuce

Hands-on intensive training in hydroponic crop production focusing on tomatoes and/or lettuce
Trainings, balancing classroom and greenhouse time, are provided by professionals in the growing fields of Hydroponics and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Round Table Discussion with Top Greenhouse Engineers
Attendance is limited, resulting in unique and expanded contact time
with successful agriculturists and educators

Tomatoes: Patricia Rorabaugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor/Hydroponic Specialist, The University of Arizona
Lettuce: Myles D. Lewis, M.S., Entrepreneur/Grower, Arizona Vegetable Company
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Merle Jensen, Consultant: Greenhouse Hydroponic Crop Production

Topics will include:
Greenhouse Basics
Crop Layout
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Crop Maintenance
Plant Nutrition
Food Safety

Registration Fees
Tomato Intensive: $999.00 early /$1049.00 regular
Instructor: Patricia Rorabaugh, Ph.D.
Lettuce Intensive: $499.00 early /$549.00 regular
Instructor: Myles D. Lewis
Entire/Both Intensives: $1299.00 early /$1499.00 regular
Discount: $50 off Second Registration in group

Location and Information

The University of Arizona
Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC)
1951 East Roger Road – Tucson, Arizona USA
Ph: 520-626-9566

Registration Form available at our website:

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