Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray a male robin bathing in a bird bath surrounded by Sunflowers. A perfect August photo.

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!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

2nd Annual CMGA Project Grants 2012

Our annual grants for master garden projects were given out at our June meeting. Three grants for $250 each were given to:

Emeritus Assisted Living
Master gardeners have been creating their garden space for 10 years. The funds will be used for plants and materials to be used for their resident program. Master gardeners on the project are Jacki Hainsworth, Mary Lou Parliman, Carol Daily, and Marie Pickle.. Tim Hainsworth has assisted with many of the hardscape projects.

Riordan Mansion
Master gardeners are active in restoring the gardens at the mansion. Charlotte Dodgon and Dave Brimhall are heading up this project and funds will be used for plants and materials for their Vegetable and Butterfly gardens.

Cromer School
This is a joint project with Cromer School and the Summit Fire Department for materials for a solar project for the school garden.

In addition $50 gift certificates were given to the Arboretum at Flagstaff's children's garden and the Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden at Olivia White Hospice Home.

The Riordan Mansion project, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and the MM Native Medicinal Garden were not fully funded. If you want to contribute time or money to any of the projects I am including contacts.

Two other proposals were not funded and their contacts are also included.

Riordan Mansion Charlotte Dodgson dod43cb@live.com
Arboretum at Flagstaff Mark Jarecki mark.jarecki@thearb..com
Olivia Whiite MMG Laura Davis laura_s_davis@q.com
Foodlink's Bonito Garden Valerie Dalton valeriedalton@gmail.com
Heather Bostian's Greenhouse Heather Bostian Healyourself@aol.com

Thanks,
Loni Shapiro
Co-secretary CMGA

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