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!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Weed Pull - Pioneer Museum

Greetings, All,  
Invasive weed eradication efforts by Coconino Cooperative Extension (Master Gardeners) and the Flagstaff Chapter of the AZ Native Plant Society began in 2010, when a member of the AZNPS posed an innocent question to the Pioneer Museum Director.  “Do you know you have a Diffuse knapweed problem?”, and his reply, “Yes. What are you going to do about it?” 
This was the beginning of a successful collaboration to rid the Pioneer Museum of invasive weeds. 
The next MG/AZNPS weed pull at the Pioneer Museum will be on Thursday, May 9, starting at 9:00 and ending at noon.  Please try to arrive at 9, but feel free to leave any time you have to.  There will be a short demonstration of wise weeding techniques before we start work. 
I checked the other day, and there is still a lot to do, particularly toward the back of the property.  The front looks wonderful, not weed-free, but close to it. Thank you, weeders!!!
Location:  Pioneer Museum, 2340 N. Fort Valley Road, just north of Sechrist School on Hwy. 180.  Please park in back near the Coconino Center for the Arts.  That's where we will start.  The County has provided the plastic bags. 
What to bring: 
  • Shovel or hand tool for digging, gloves, any other gardening implement you like to use to weed. 
  • Hat, sunscreen, WATER, long sleeve shirt 
  • Specimens of problem weeds you would like to identify    (Posters and books will be available.)  
  • Weed questions you may have.                                                
Let's get that Diffuse knapweed when it's young and easier to remove!!  
Dorothy Lamm

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