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, July 17, 2013

14th Annual Highlands Garden Conference dates announced!

The 14th Annual Highlands Garden Conference will be held at the Bullion Plaza in Miami, AZ on October 12th, 2013. Early registration has begun, so reserve your space!  For the conference agenda, Friday tour information, lodging info. and the registration form, go to
Update 7/23/13
Hello Master Gardeners from around the state of Arizona!

     My name is Tara Celentano, and I am thrilled to be working as an Americorps VISTA this year in Gila County, serving the Master Gardeners’ Assocation as well as the Farmers’ Market, and some new projects we’ve got up our sleeves. First off, I want to say thank you for your amazing contributions to the communities where you live and serve. There is something to be said for garden alchemists, who transform bare plots of land into beautiful sources of vital energy and lush landscapes.

    I figured your community would need to know about the 14th Annual Highlands Garden Conference we are hosting at the Bullion Plaza Museum in Miami, AZ this year. It’s a full day conference on Saturday, October 12th, and we’re pulling in speakers from around the state and the Southwest to inform, engage and enlighten attendees on how to improve and make sustainable their backyard gardening practices. Our keynote speakers include the head of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Jeffrey Silvertooth, who will be speaking on GMOs, and Kim Howell-Costion, founder of Ashokala Gardens, who will be speaking on how to nurture a living soil. For the $90 cost of registration, you will receive welcome bags, catered breakfast and lunch. Also available are organized, themed Friday Tours throughout the Globe-Miami area, including: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Freeport McMoRan, Besh-ba-Gowah, and Bullion Plaza. 

To access our registration brochure, visit our website (see above) 

On the extension website we have a link to our facebook page. Please "like"
our page to read news concerning our conference!

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to seeing you in the Globe-Miami area in the fall! 


          Tara Celentano

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