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!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Flagstaff Home & Garden Show

Flagstaff Home and Garden Show
March 23-25, 2012
NAU Sky Dome

Watch your local paper and other advertising for the upcoming yearly home and garden show. The Master Gardener Program and the Coconino Master Gardener Association will be manning a large booth with information and providing speakers for all 3 days.

This is the tentative agenda so far:

Friday, March 23
11am - 12pm Season Extenders - An Eagan
1pm - 2pm Benefit & Tips on Growing House Plants - Loni Shapiro
3pm - 4pm Tomatoes - Jim Mast
4pm - 5pm Passive Solar - Paul Lambert

Saturday, March 24
11am- 12pm Herbs - Sue Collins
1pm - 2pm 4H - Rabbits & Chickens - Connie Lipinski
2pm - 3pm Sprouts - Nick Lipinski
3pm - 4pm Noxious Weeds - Dorothy Lamm

Sunday, March 25
11am - 12pm Composting - Tess Wymore
1pm - 2pm Raised Beds - Faith Brittain & Juanita
2pm - 3pm Plant Propagation - Linda Guarino

Come support and learn from other Master Gardeners. If you need continuing education hours for 2012 this is a great opportunity to get them. Each year there are changes in this agenda so watch for updates and more details.

Loni Shapiro
Co-secretary CMGA

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