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!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Congratulations Jan Busco

Jan Busco Named 2013
Norman B. Herkenham
Award Recipient by KSB
Jan Busco, a Grand Canyon National Park horticulturist, was presented with the Norman B.
Herkenham award at Keep Sedona Beautiful’s 34th annual Native Plant Workshop last Saturday
(April 6).
The Herkenham award recognizes individuals, businesses, or organizations that further the
education and implementation of native plant landscaping, said Nancy Spinelli, Native Plant
Workshop Chairperson. While the Native Plant Workshop was originally created by one of the
founders of Keep Sedona Beautiful, the late Maleese Black, Norm Herkenham ran the workshops for
some 20 years, she added. He worked for the National Park Service and the Friends of the Forest
and is known as the “Father of the Sedona Trail System.”
The seventh Herkenham award winner, Jan Busco, has worked with western native plants for
30 years and is active in the local foods movement. At Grand Canyon National Park, she leads the
Vegetation Program for the recovery of the endangered plant, sentry milk-vetch, and for several large
native plant restoration and landscape projects.
After graduation from Cal Poly, Pomona, she worked for a variety of organizations including
the Arboretum at Flagstaff, nursery manager of Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and
Native Plants in Southern California and the U.S. Geological Survey. She holds a master’s degree in
forestry from Northern Arizona University and has written three books on western native plants. She
divides her time between a home near Grand Canyon National Park and her home in Flagstaff where
she grows native plants and edibles in a home nursery.
Some 120 attendees participated in the day-long workshop which each year reflects Keep
Sedona Beautiful’s mission to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment
of the greater Sedona area. Workshops ranged from gardening with native plants, co-existing with
nocturnal neighbors, attracting birds to your backyard, maintaining healthy native trees and
watershed health.
The premier conservation organization in the greater Sedona area since 1972, KSB has
developed programs and initiatives that focus on protecting the area’s natural beauty and
environment through the preservation of open space, water conservation, forest protection, native
plant and low-water landscaping workshops, and creating and maintaining a litter-free
environment. For more information about Keep Sedona Beautiful, please visit or call 282-4938.

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