Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Loni Shapiro a photo of one of the beautiful gardens seen on the Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens 2017. The Gimenez property features a koi stocked pond, a flowing creek, and 5 waterfalls.

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 Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). 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
Contacts.
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!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lecture for 3/8/21 Monthly Meeting



On Thursday, March 8, the Coconino Master Gardener Association will hold it's monthly meeting and lecture at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco beginning at 630pm. The featured speaker will be Tom Bean.

Tom has been making his living as a freelance nature, and travel photographer, for 30 years, and has been based here in Flagstaff since 1982. His photos have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide. Recently, his photos appeared in the December 2011 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden magazine, with a story about Flagstaff gardeners of Dorothy and Ken Lamm.

Tom studied wildlife biology at Iowa State University and first got interested in photography after graduation, while he was working as a seasonal ranger for the National Park Service in South Dakota. His first job as a professional photographer came in 1976 when he got a seasonal job taking photos for the Grand Canyon Natural History Association.

Tom has held the position of Assistant Gardener for the last 21 years, working under the guidance of Chief Gardener, Susan Lamb Bean, his wife. He specializes in moving rocks and digging holes, watering, and occasional consultations on garden design. In the past 3 years he was the photographer of the annual garden contest sponsored by the local chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society.

Many of his photos grace the pages of our 2012 CMGA calendar. We still have a few left for sale at 1/2 price ($5). Come join us for the lecture and/or the meeting. The agenda for the meeting will appear on this site on Monday 3/5.

Loni Shapiro
Co-secretary
Coconino MGA

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