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!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference


The 2013 Sonoran Desert
 Master Gardener Conference

Monday, March 11, 2013 from 8:15am-3:30pm
in the Student Union Memorial Center South Ballroom
The University of Arizona, 1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721

Presented by:
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

We are pleased to announce the first annual conference designed specifically for the continuing education of Master Gardeners and focused on the Sonoran Desert. This conference is open exclusively to Arizona Master Gardeners.

Light breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, conference packet and welcome bag, as well as a full day of wonderful, educational lectures and roundtables. 


Only $35 if register by January 31 / $50 - Late registration February 1 thru February 22.
Pre-registration is required and must be received no later than February 22. 
Attendees will receive a confirmation email with logistics 2-weeks prior to event.
No refunds after 2/22.

Explore a wide range of topics that will help you sharpen your skills as a Master Gardener. Join us for a day that will broaden your knowledge of urban and suburban horticulture. Equip yourself for volunteer roles in school and community gardens, diagnostic clinics, municipal gardens, local botanical gardens, arboretums, garden and landscape shows as well as in your own landscape and garden.

Multiple Sessions in 4 Tracks:

Track 1: Integrated Pest Management
Track 2: Design        
Track 3: Edibles
Track 4: Sustainability in the Arid Landscape

Roundtable Discussions throughout the day on topics such as:

Diagnostics, Propagation, Gardening Techniques and Ornamentals in the Desert

8:15am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - Welcome and Keynote Address
10:15am - Breakout Session 1
11:15am - Breakout Session 2
12:15pm - Lunch Break/Visit Vendors/Door Prizes
1:45pm - Breakout Session 3
2:45pm - Closing Panel: Food Security
3:30pm - Conference Adjourns


Free close parking will be available for all attendees. In addition, the conference is being held on the first day of the University's Spring Break to minimize any potential traffic and congestion around the campus.


A special Master Gardener Conference Rate of $129 per night is available at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 East Second Street, (520) 792-4100. Please reserve early to secure this rate.
For other lodging options, visit: 
Attendees coming from out-of-town are encouraged to arrive early for the renowned Tucson Festival of Books ( on the University of Arizona campus
on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th, one of the top book festivals in the nation.



Complete the Registration Form and return with a check payable to PCCE to:

Amelia Klawon
Pima County Cooperative Extension
4210 N. Campbell Avenue
Tucson AZ 85719

Phone:       520-626-5161 (Ask for Amelia)
Email:        Amelia Klawon                  Laura Mellow
Grow your knowledge. Master your garden.

Cost: Only $35 if you register by January 31.
Pre-registration is required.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or access information, by calling Catherine Mazzola at 520-626-4471. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.   

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