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, May 11, 2013

Native Plant Society Monthly Walk & Talk

SaturdayMay 18, 2013: Field Trip with Patty West to Tavasci Marsh - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
This is the Saturday BEFORE the regular Tuesday meeting.  
Patty West, who has an MA in Sustainable Communities from NAU, will lead us on a plant walk to Tavasci March next to Tuzigoot National Monument in the Verde Valley. The marsh has been manipulated in many ways but nevertheless has a high diversity of species in floating islands of vegetation. Patty spent two years completing a flora of the area that is incorporated into the Tuzigoot plant list on Seinet. 

It will be hot so bring lots of water, a sunhat, and sunscreen, and be prepared to get your feet wet. Bring a lunch and snacks, too. Don't forget money for carpooling. 

Meet at 8:00 am, at the Arizona State Credit Union at the corner of Butler and South Beaver.  The drive to the Tavasci Marsh trailhead in Deadhorse State Park will take about 1 1/2 hours.  Each car will will be charged $7.00.  
Folks could also just meet at the trailhead at 9:30 am, if they prefer to drive alone or are coming from the Verde Valley area. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 7:00 pm at the Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco Street:
Sue Smith “A Celebration of Grapevine Botanical Area”
Sue Smith, a Budding Botanist and naturalist from Prescott, will talk about the Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) project in the Grapevine Canyon near Poland Junction.
This area is a Prescott National Forest Botanical Protected Area. It lies on the eastern flank of lava capped Big Bug Mesa. The plant communities range from chaparral, oak woodlands to montane conifer forest. A perennial stream cascades down the canyon providing home to riparian species.
The Prescott Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society started collecting for PAPAZ in this Botanical Area in September 2010. There will be a discussion of the project to date, different plant communities, and an overview of the species collected in the area. 
Posted by D. Lamm 

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