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!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monthly CMGA Meeting Minutes 8/9/12

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 8/9/2012
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                Introduction of speakers - Debi Stalvey

6:45pm-7:45pm                Continuing Education
Thank you to both speakers for presenting material they prepared for the Flagstaff Home and Garden Show.
Propagation from Stem Cuttings – Linda Guarino                                            You can find the PowerPoint for this talk on the Coconino County Extension Web Site.
                                    Season Extenders – Ann Eagan
                      PowerPoint for Ann’s talk can also be found on the site.
7:45pm-8:00pm                Refreshments – Thanks to Linda Guarino

8:00pm - 8:25pm              Business Meeting – Debi Stalvey
Overview of recent Executive Meeting – Debi Stalvey
Debi outlined the upcoming elections (Nov.) for new officers. She and Ann would like to stay on as Pres. and Secy. The VP and Treasurer are leaving. All officers are up for re-election. Crys Wells and Linda Guarino expressed interest in co-running for Treasurer and Charlotte Dodgson for V. Pres. Think about running and we will bring this up at the next meeting in October. We also need committee chairs for 2013 – Calendar Project, MG Projects, Community Markets, and the Speakers Bureau. These are appointed by the President. Let Debi know if you are interested.
The Christmas Party will be held on December 13th at Molly Larsen’s home. Details will be e-mailed to the listserv.
Loni Shapiro is researching having a Plant and Garden Sale next year in conjunction with the Arboretum. It would include seedlings and gently used garden equipment/art. She will be talking with the Arboretum director (Lynne Nemeth) this week and report back at the next meeting of the Executive Board. The goal for earning more money would be to increase grants and purchase AV equipment/camera for the CMGA. Loni would like to start small and see what works. She will need at least 4 additional committee members to help do this project. Contact her if you are interested.

                                                Financial report – Ed Skiba
Ed reports we are now at 60 members. Our current balance in our account is 731.74. Those funds will be
used for the final calendar payment and the church. Ed has the accounts set up on Quicken and working
for the next treasurer.
                                                MG Program Happenings (Classes, Conference) – 
Hattie Braun/Ann Eagan
The MG class is going to happen in the fall. It will be held this year at Flagstaff Middle School. Details will
be on the extension site and/or come from Hattie by e-mail.
The conference is set for Oct. 6. So far, there are about 20 registrations.
There was a discussion on scholarships. Ann Eagan mentioned students, and Christine Orr suggested
 they be offered to the Flagstaff Community Garden coordinators. Loni Shapiro suggested that the
 availability be announced to all MGs – listserv or other list Hattie may have so all have a chance. There
 has been over $700 collected and participants will be asked to contribute some funds.
                Committee Reports:
                                                Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
Loni will be leaving the education position next year. She will survey the listserv for ideas for next year’s
speakers in September and has one to add (speaker on Bees from the Mountain Living Mag.). She emphasized that this is not a difficult job for a volunteer. The survey and the Executive Board can help with ideas, and all just need to be contacted. We now have a speaker guideline form that can be sent.
Speakers are added to the AZ Daily Sun calendar one week prior to the meeting. Dana Prom Smith is open to articles to be published one week prior to the meeting. These must be sent in at least a month in advance to him for editing.
2012 has 2 remaining speakers. See bottom for schedule.                                            

                                                Community Programs
                                                                Community Market – Julie Holmes
Julie needs people for September for 2 markets on Sunday. Contact her if you are interested. Andrea and Galen Guerrette will work one, not sure yet which. Julie and Molly will be leaving this committee next year and need a replacement to schedule markets. Loni Shapiro suggested that this become a requirement for master gardener certification. When she did her requirements she had to do some hours with the hot line which is no longer used. This could be a requirement instead and help us to fill the slots. Any newbie would work with a certified Master Gardener. The market on Silver Saddle and highway 89A has asked us to man a booth there. The info was passed on to Debi Stalvey to check out.

                                                                Speakers Bureau – Bea Cooley
Bea talked about the calendar which will be arriving in another week. It will be sold at the fall conference and any place else we are involved in, including the market, and the Recognition Picnic. She also talked about the Speaker’s Bureau and read a list of ideas to encourage people to participate. We all have something to share about gardening.

                                                Volunteer Support/Social – Hattie Braun and Crys Wells
Crys reported recorded hours for the month –
442.25 Volunteer
  57.5   Education
There were several questions about what can be used for Education hours. Reading is not an option unless it is prep time for a talk. Please refer to the guidelines for Volunteer and Education Hours on the blog – Documents & Forms area.
New Business:                  Need a digital photographer for photos for the blog and publicity. The association is thinking of buying a camera when funds allow, but we need someone to do this for adding to the blog and other publicity. This is separate from the historian who also takes archival photos.

8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions?
Andrea Guerrette asked for ID for a flower. It was identified as a campanula (Bell Flower) and several suggested to remove it from her yard. It travels by rhizome and can be very invasive and difficult to get rid of.
Julie Holmes asked about blackspot on her Amur Maple. People were uncertain about the cause but suggested she take a branch to Warners.
Susan Thompson ( asked about an evergreen shrub to replace a juniper she is removing. Any suggestions should be sent to her as there were not many other than something in the same family as holly.
Debi Stalvey brought up something that Jean Hockman had told her. If your plants are not surviving you might check to see if your water is connected to the water softener. If you have a water softener it is most likely connected unless it is a newer home. The softener provides too much salt to your plants.
Next meeting:                  September 9, 2012
                                                Annual Recognition Picnic
                                                Fort Tuthill (details to follow)

Future meetings:

*Oct. 11 – Landscaping with Native Grasses – Jan Busco
Nov. 8 – Pending – Tam Nguyen – topic TBA
Those starred are confirmed

** Even though great care has been taken to maintain the accuracy of any material and information presented at our meetings, the CMGA does not give any warranty or other assurance as to the content, accuracy, completeness, timelessness, or fitness for any particular purpose. General guidelines for speakers can be found on our blog under documents and forms.

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