Coconino Master Gardener Association

Fall Harvest a photo from Debi Stalvey.

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!

Monday, February 25, 2013

AZNPS Botany Conference



You are invited to attend the Tenth Arizona Botany Meeting, hosted by the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) and the Arizona Native Plant Society. This year’s theme is “Habitat and Rare Plant Conservation”. 

The main meeting will be held at DBG in Dorrance Hall on Saturday, March 30 th, 2013, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 


Our continuing goal is to foster a spirit of cooperation for the sharing of ideas among and facilitating collaboration between individuals from academic institutions, local, state, and federal government agencies, and non-governmental organizations from across the state of Arizona, and to provide a forum to meet others who share an interest in the flora of Arizona and surrounding areas within the Southwest.



Invited Speakers and Presentation Titles
Sandy Bahr(Sierra Club, Phoenix, AZ)
Title TBA
Arnold Clifford (private consultant, foothills of the Carrizo Mountains, NM)
Title TBA
Walt Fertig (Moenave Botanical Consulting, Kanab, UT)
“Applied conservation botany: examples from Wyoming and the Colorado Plateau”
Daniela Roth(EMNRD-Forestry Division, Santa Fe, NM)
Title TBA
Andrew Salywon, Wendy Hodgson, Matthew King & Kimberlie McCue(Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ)
“Arizona’s endemic plants – more than just a list”

Short-Presentation Speakers and Presentation Titles
Dan Austin (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum)
“Graptopetalum (Crassulaceae) in Arizona”
Judy Springer(Northern Arizona University)
"Prolonged vegetative dormancy in rare species and its relationship to drought, disturbance and climate change”
Elizabeth Johnson & Tina Ayers (Northern Arizona University)
“Hybridization between a rare, endemic alpine species and a widespread congener“

There will be time for approximately three additional short presentations of 15 minutes each. Those interested in presenting a short talk of their work are encouraged to contact Andrew Salywon (asalywon[at]dbg.org). Space will also be available for relevant poster presentations and tables will be available for display of relevant literature and books.

The registration fee for the meeting is $35 and will include an entrance pass to DBG, lunch, refreshments (coffee & tea), and a 10% discount at the DBG’s Gift Shop. A reduced fee of $20 is offered to undergraduate and graduate students. Early registration for the meeting will be due by 21 March 2013. Late registration fee (after 21 Mar) is $45 ($30 students). Registration will not be accepted after March 27th. A social hour will follow the afternoon sessions and will include a cash bar; dinner is available at a separate cost of $18.

Information, preliminary programs and registration materials is now posted on the DBG website (http://www.dbg.org/research-conservation/annual-arizona-botany-meeting).

Please spread the word and mark your calendars for AZ Botany 2013. We look forward to seeing you for what we hope to be another successful and productive meeting.

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