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, February 12, 2013

VWRC needs volunteers to help inventory/map and treat invasive plants on Prescott NF lands

The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) is planning to Inventory/Map and treat invasive plants on Prescott NF lands on the Upper Verde River from Hells Canyon down to the confluence with Sycamore Creek.  We plan to accomplish these 16 miles with the help of volunteers, VWRC Stakeholders and agency personnel.

The work will entail hiking along the river in the riparian corridor where we will map the following plants:  Tamarisk, russian olive, arundo and paradise tree.  We will also be looking for other secondary weed infestations.  Plants that are found will be cut down using hand saws and loppers and herbicide will be applied to the cut stump of the plant.  The work requires the ability to walk on uneven rocky terrain through sometimes dense vegetation and possibly getting wet due to river crossings.  We will need folks to help with the following activities: mapping (collecting GPS points and infestation data), cutting plants with loppers and hand saws and hauling debris out of the high water zone.

We have split the project area up into two sections to be mapped and treated.

Section 1:  Verde River from Hells Canyon to private property boundary at Perkinsville.  Approximately 6 miles.
Dates:  February 25-March 2, 2013
Participants needed:  12-16 people per leg Time commitment:  To reduce travel cost and time we are requesting participants try to commit to 2 days of work if possible, POV travel for shorter time periods is okay.  Longer participation is also an option!
Meeting location for transport to project site:  Meet at Chino Valley Ranger District office, 735 N. Hwy 89, Chino Valley.
Leg 1:
2/25/13 Leave PNF-CVRD @ 7 :00 AM
2/26/13 Return to PNF-CVRD @ 5:00 PM
Leg 2:
2/27/13 Leave PNF-CVRD @ 7 :00 AM
2/28/13 Return to PNF-CVRD @ 5:00 PM
Leg 3:
3/1/13 Leave PNF-CVRD @ 7 :00 AM
3/2/13 Return to PNF-CVRD @ 5:00 PM
Scope of Work:  From Bear Sighting (approximate 1/2 point) participants will hike upstream and/or downstream to map, remove and treat infestations.  A group can also access the river from Perkinsville, working upstream.
Camp:  A spike camp will be set up at Bear Sighting for camping.

Section 2:  Verde River from Perkinsville to to confluence with Sycamore Creek.  Approximately 10 miles.
Dates:  March 4-9, 2013 and depending how much is accomplished March 11-15, 2013
Participants needed: 6 people per leg
Time commitment: Due to logistics of having the railroad transport people and equipment, we are requiring participants commit to a 2 or 3 day leg (or the whole week if you can)
Meeting location for transport to project site:  Verde Railroad Trail Depot, Clarkdale
Leg 1: (3 day)
3/4/13 Leave Clarkdale @ 5 :00 AM
3/7/13 Return to Clarkdale @ 5:00 AM
Leg 2: (2 day)
3/7/13 Leave Clarkdale @ 5:00 AM
3/9/13 Return to Clarkdale @ 5:00 AM
Leg 3: (3 day)
3/18/13 Leave Clarkdale @ 5 :00 AM
3/21/13 Return to Clarkdale @ 5:00 AM
Leg 4: (2 day)
3/21/13 Leave Clarkdale @ 5 :00 AM
3/23/13 Return to Clarkdale @ 5:00 AM
Scope of Work:  From private property boundary at Perkinsville participants will hike downstream to map, remove and treat infestations.
Camp:  Group will camp along river.  Train personnel will transport people, gear, equipment, water, etc at pre-determined cache spots.

If you are interested in participating in this important project please contact Anna Schrenk at: or 951-236-6652 or Albert Sillas at: or 928-567-1124

Anna Schrenk
V.W.R.C. Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 2535
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

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