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!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Monthly CMGA Meeting 6/14/12

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 5/10/12
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm-6:35pm                Welcome – Agenda Debi Stalvey
Brief review of agenda for the evening

6:35pm-6:45pm                CMGA Grant Awards for 2012 – Bea Cooley
Introduction of speaker

6:45pm-7:30pm                Continuing Education
SEINET – Dr. Tina Ayres, NAU Botany Dept.
Review of Seinet (Southwest Environmental Information Network)
Web based program that is an interesting resource for native plants of the southwest (includes AZ and the plateau).
Time permitting Dr. Ayres will also talk about the Herbarium at NAU.

7:30pm-7:45pm                Refreshments – Faith Brittain
7:45pm - 8:30pm              Business Meeting – Debi Stalvey
7:45pm – 8:05pm             Overview of recent Executive Meeting –
                                          Debi Stalvey
Financial report – Ed Skiba
    Update on financials, taxes, memberships
2013 Calendar – Bea Cooley
2012 Grants – Loni Shapiro
    Making personal contributions to MG Projects
MG Program Happenings (Classes, Conference) – Hattie Braun
8:05pm – 8:20pm          Committee Reports

Continuing Education (see below for details) – Loni Shapiro
Community Programs
     Community Market – Molly Larsen
Coordination of MG Projects  - Updated project list on blog
Volunteer Support/Social – Hattie Braun
     Volunteer/Education Hours – Crys Wells
8:20pm – 8:30pm          Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:  July 12 – What to do With the Harvest – Michele Lytle (MG and caterer)
                                Update on County Fair Entries

Future meetings:
*Aug. 9 – Season Extenders/Plant Propagation – Ann Eagan/Linda Guarino
*Oct. 11 – Growing and Forcing Bulbs – Loni Shapiro
Nov. 8 – Pending – Tam Nguyen – topic TBA
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