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!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AZ Native Plant Society Monthly Talk/Walk

Tuesday evening talk on April 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Rom 328 of the NAU Biology Building
Mike Kearsley, Vegetation Mapping Coordinator for Grand Canyon National Park, has sampled and mapped over 200 plant communities across 1.4 million acres of diverse habitats from Lake Mead to the Kaibab Plateau since 2007. Mike will talk about the many significant range extensions and relocated species that his team has found for Grand Canyon and Arizona during their surveys over the past fifteen years.

Saturday morning field trip April 21, 2012.
Plant Walk at Homoloni State Park, Winslow, Susan Holiday, the volunteer botanist who is completing a floristic inventory of the park for Arizona State Parks, will be leading the walk. We will be looking at plants of the Navajoan Desert and nearby Little Colorado River. We will also be able to view the ruins and a graveyard dating from the early 1900's on site. A checklist will be available. Meet at the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, southwest corner of Butler and Beaver at 8:30 am. Be prepared for all kinds of weather. It could be cold, windy, hot, etc. The weather at Homolovi is as fickle as the weather in Flagstaff. Come prepared with sun protection, water, food, and car or gas money for carpooling. The walk will be over at about 1:00 pm. There is a $7.00 charge per car.

Tentative June or July Moss Workshop: Theresa may do a 1 day workshop (9AM - 5pm) in June or July and the final date will be announced in the beginning of April. She will provide fresh specimens, but would encourage folks that went to the moss walk to bring along their specimens. The goal of the workshop would be to familiarize folks with the microscopic (and necessary) identification of the 10 most common bryophytes in the area, 5 associated with dry habitats and 5 preferring mesic/semi-aquatic habitat. She'll review morphological terminology as necessary for each species and highlight their ecology, which can help differentiate closely related or similar appearing taxa. Handouts will be provided including keys, some of which are available online through the Flora of North America Volumes 27 & 28. If you own fine tweezers, please bring them along! Many moss leaves are only 1 mm long! (Theresa Clark recently graduated with her Master's in biology at NAU. Her thesis focused on the flora and ecology of bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) in Grand Canyon National Park.)

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