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 underContacts. 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.
This summer there will be two Native Plants of Northern Arizona workshops in Flagstaff. PAPAZ graduates, you probably know much of the botanical information already, or you may want a review. Otherwise, please tell your friends about it, and share the attached flyer. Thanks.
On June 11-13 and/or August 6-8, the AZ Native Plant Society will offer two non-credit native plant workshops. Each will include information on identifying native plants and invasive weeds, controlling weeds, and landscaping with native plants. We will be making field trips to practice identifying plants and to visit local gardens. Classes will be at the Lone Tree Campus of the Coconino Community College. Register online, at either CCC campus, or by calling 928-526-7654. The fee is $95.00, and the class is limited to 10 students.
Questions may be directed to the instructor, Susan Holiday, prior to registration by calling 928-526-9212 or emailing email@example.com Students will need the following items for class: lunch, snacks, water, hat, sunscreen, appropriate footwear, rain jacket, and field identification guide. Plants of Arizona (First or new Second edition) by Anne Orth Epple or the Peterson Field Guide to Southwestern and Texas Wildflowers are recommended. A digital camera is optional.
June Class photo taken at Dorothy Lamms by Ken Lamm
I took the first class and it was a good experience. It was a nice combination of classroom and field work identifying local native plants and invasive weeds. We were able to put together a great resource book that included plant specimens for later use and other resources (PowerPoints, books, pamphlets) for teaching info to groups that might be interested. Opening are still available for the August class.