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, July 6, 2013

Garden Club Visits

The gardening season seems to have had a slow start, but the Monsoon arrived with a vengeance this week, and as I write I’m enjoying a pleasant breeze and light clouds.   I’m also looking forward  to our 12th year of visiting gardens.  It’s fun to share our successes and worry together about the challenges of gardening at 7,000 feet.

We would love to visit your garden. To invite us or to organize a visit to the garden of a friend or neighbor, please email  me, Jean Hockman, . 

In June, Jackie Hainsworth hosted a plant exchange in her garden and also organized a field trip to the Lavender Festival in Concho.

We currently have invitations to visit four gardens in July and August .  They are: July 20, August 3, August 17, and August 24.  PLEASE WATCH FOR UPDATES TO THIS SCHEDULE!!

Here are the details:
When: July 20, 10 a.m.
What: Visit garden of Cindy and Chuck Roth
Where: 3101 W. Cooper  in Cheshire
Description: The front yard is an assortment of hostas with an array of other plants intermingled. The backyard is an Abundance, with a capital A, of lush colored blooms, all thoughtfully placed over the entire backyard.
Driving Directions:  Go north on Hwy 180. Turn left on Fremont and then right on Cooper.  (Fremont is at the stop light and FALA is on the southwest corner of 180).
What: Visit garden of Julie and John Holmes  
When: July 27 10 a.m.
Where: 1440 N. Fox Hill Road in Country Club
Description: Julie says that the garden is “a work in progress and looks pretty good this summer.  We have a greenhouse that the tomatoes really like and we are experimenting with various veggies in the vegetable garden.”
Driving Directions: Go down East Butler almost to the end, turn left on Fox Hill Road to the third house on the right. If you reach the end of Butler, you've gone one street too far.

What:  Visit to Riordan Mansion Gardens led by Charlotte Dodgson
When:  August 3 10 a.m.
Where:  Riordan Mansion State Historical Park, 409 Riordan Road, Flagstaff AZ 86001 779-4395
Description:  A group of Master Gardeners has been in the process of restoring and enhancing the grounds and gardens at this Flagstaff historical location for the past three years. Come and see the ongoing work of restoration and hear about the future plans. The Riordan Mansion is open to the public for tours. If you would like to take a tour of the homes following the garden visit please call the Riordan Visitors Center to make a reservation and for details about the price.

What: Visit Hospice Garden, led by Loni Shapiro
When: August 17 10 a.m. – details to follow

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