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!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Native Plant Society Monthly Lecture and Field Trip

Here are two excellent upcoming April events presented by the AZNPS (Flagstaff Chapter).     Hope to see you at the Tuesday presentation and/or at the Sundayfield trip. 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Presentation: Susan Lamb Bean and Dan Stewart
Habitat Profiles - A Project Under Development for The Arboretum at Flagstaff”

Every site in Flagstaff offers its gardener unique opportunities and challenges. Each has its own combination of high and low temperatures, degree of slope, aspect toward the sun, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and soil. The Arboretum at Flagstaff and the National Weather Service at Bellemont are creating tools for a gardener to use in evaluating the potential of a site. Based on new climate maps illustrating microclimates in the greater Flagstaff area, Habitat Profiles will provide basic how-tos and worksheets for mapping and planning local gardens. The evening’s program will present preliminary versions of the maps and worksheets and invite suggestions to improve them.
Presenters: Susan Lamb has been gardening in the Flagstaff area for twenty years and would love to have had a resource like “Habitat Profiles” from the beginning. A local naturalist, she writes books on the natural and human history of the American West and keeps an almanac of close to 200 species of Flagstaff area wildflowers. Susan is a member of the Arizona Native Plant Society and serves on the Board of The Arboretum at Flagstaff.
Dan Stewart has held an interest in weather and climate since childhood in the wind-beaten plains of Oklahoma, making the chance to work on “Habitat Profiles” a fun (if sometimes challenging) project. He is currently interning at the National Weather Center in Bellemont and will be starting his graduate career at Northern Arizona University this fall.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 Field Trip: Susan Lamb Bean and Dan Stewart

Field trip to a recently-completed LEED gold certified home where we will test Habitat Profiles on-site. Meet in the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, 321 South Beaver Street (corner of South Beaver and Butler) at9:00 am to carpool to the site.  Plan on spending about two hours.  Directions to the home will be provided at that time. 
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