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

Native Plant Society Monthly Talk and Walk

Tuesday, July 16Kirstin Olmon "Vascular Plant Flora of the Upper Basin, Kaibab National Forest and Long-term Understory Response to Chaining and Burning"   7:00pm, Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco Street.  
Kirstin Olmon recently graduated with her master's degree in biology from Northern Arizona University.  She will present on the vascular plant flora of the Upper Basin in the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.  She will also discuss the long-term effects of historical meadow enhancement treatments on the understory vegetation.
Saturday, July 20, 2013:  "Plant Walk in the Upper Basin with Kirstin Olmon"  8am to 5pm.
Kirstin Olmon will lead a day-long trip to the Upper Basin of the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.  We will be driving north via Hwy. 89 almost to Cameron and Hwy. 64 west to the ponderosa forest area near the Grandview Lookout Tower near Grand Canyon National Park. The drive each way will take about 1 1/2 hours.  We will be on dirt roads for only about 1 mile, and we won't be walking far, but the terrain will be rocky and uneven.  It is not expected that a park pass will be needed, but if you have one, please bring it just in case.  

We will meet at the Arizona State Credit Union Parking lot, southwest corner of Butler and Beaver at 8:00am.  Come prepared with the following: 
  • rain protection
  • sun protection
  • lots of water
  • snacks
  • lunch 
  • small notebook to make personal plant list
  • car or gas money for carpooling
 For more information email Barbara Phillips at or call her at 928-779-4208

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