Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 2/14/2013
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
Continuing Education, Freddi Steele, The Bees Around Us
Freddi Steele, a retired National Park Service naturalist, gave a lively and informative talk about bees. She described the differences between bees and related species, led the audience through a bee identification exercise and outlined issues facing bees. Some recommended resources on bees include: http://bugguide.net ( a great source of photographs, information and identification help), the Xerces Society, http://www.xerces.org/, the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (the easiest guide to use), and the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders. Also on the blog is a link to her Arizona Daily Sun article, “The Bees Around Us”.
Regan Emmons – Arboretum Docent Training
Regan Emmons, the education coordinator for the Arboretum at Flagstaff explained the docent training program and the Garden Starts Community Supported Agriculture program. She encouraged master gardeners to become docents and join the Garden Starts CSA. For more information and to apply for docent training, go to http://thearb.org/about_volunteer_docent.php. To join the Garden Starts CSA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the contract and seedling list.
Thanks for the Refreshments: Andrea and Galen Guerrette, Loni Shapiro, Debi Stalvey
Business Meeting – Debi Stalvey
We still need volunteers for Community Programs and MG Projects. Ali Coates, the blog editor, is willing to also do one of these.
The Master Gardener Association executive committee has decided the Association will do at least two fundraising activities this year. One fundraiser will continue the calendar. A coordinator for the calendar is needed. A second fundraising activity planned is a plant and used garden tool sale. It will take place in May or June at the Allstate office on Cedar Avenue. An additional fundraising activity will be discussed next month.
The Association executive committee has decided to staff a booth at the Earth Day celebration at City Hall on April 20. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth. One idea for the booth is to demonstrate the difference between normal Flagstaff soil and good garden soil.
Debi mentioned the benefits of membership, including 10 % discounts at Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed, Viola’s Flower Garden and Warner’s Nursery & Garden Center. Details on the discounts are on the back of the membership card. Show your card at the nurseries for your discount. You may also pay for your membership using Pay Pal. The link to it is on the right side near the top of the first blog entry.
Debi introduced Tammy Valdovino as the new historian for the Association.
Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
No formal report was available at the meeting. A formal report will be available at the next meeting.
MG Program Happenings (class/home show) – Hattie Braun
Master Gardener volunteers will work with Dorothy Lamm to teach members of the congregation of the new Catholic Church how to identify and control knapweed on their property on McMillan Mesa. The Knapweed Pull and education days planned for the end of April and early May.
Home and Garden Show planning is in progress. Sherline Alexander shared a draft schedule and a volunteer sign-up sheet. The next planning meeting will be Friday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at the extension office.
There are 20 people in the spring master gardener class. The classes are at the extension office. If you need to make up a class, please contact Hattie Braun because there is limited space for additional people in the room.
Continuing Education – Jim Mast
Speakers are confirmed through May. March 14 – Connie Cown from the Museum of Northern Arizona, Herbarium Project, April 11 - Susan Nyoka from the NAU SSLUG Garden, Insects, May 9 - Julie McDonald, Farming your Front Yard.
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
Please get any remaining 2012 hours to Crys by February 28. The link to the hours reporting form is on the blog.
Carol Kendall s volunteering at Flagstaff High School. They have a greenhouse that they want to get it back into production for use with their culinary arts program. She asked for help since she does not have experience with greenhouses.
Debi asked how to hollow out a stump. Someone else had an arborist use a chainsaw to hollow out a stump. Another said that some chemicals could be used to do so.