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!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Riordan Workdays: August 16th, 30th, and 31st

Hi all,

There are two major projects that we need to finish this summer. The Fairy Ring and the inner court yard. 

We will start at 9:30 and continue until 1:00 or so. If Dave and I are not there right at 9:30 it is because we were held up getting supplies even though we try to get started on getting supplies by 8:30 so don't think we won't be there. We have most of the supplies need for both jobs already on the property. 
So, this Friday, the 16th is another work day and we need an much help as we can get to finish the project. Our goal is to try and complete leveling the stones in the Fairy Ring and to move the nice mulched topsoil to the vege garden that covered much of the lower ring under the trees for many years. Please bring knee pads and hand trowel for this job. If too many come we will also start the courtyard.
On Friday and Saturday August 30 and 31 we want to get to the court yard and focus on getting the 4X4X10's in place for the tiers and get the roots removed and the top soil in where it will need leveling. If we get enough people we can get most of the work done which will help remove the rain water and snow melt away from the porch and basement windows. Please try to come on one or both of those work days. An hour or all 4 hours would be appreciated. We will take what ever you can give.
Again, On the courtyard days we will need as many helping hands as we can get to get the job done. Again, bring knee pads, a shovel, hand trowel and large clippers to cut roots. I will bring the water so just bring your containers.
ThanksCharlotte 890-9216 and Dave 699-3331 

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