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, January 15, 2014

Donating & Volunteering at the Grand Canyon

Here are some interesting facts about the Grand Canyon National Park:
  • It has more plant species than any other park!
  • It has undertaken many successful native plant restoration projects on the North Rim, along the Colorado River Corridor, and on the South Rim, and more and more restoration projects are being identified all the time. 
  • It is collaborating with The Arboretum at Flagstaff to protect the rare and endangered Astragalus cremnophylax var. cremnophylax (Sentry milkvetch) by propagating and growing new plants in its greenhouse, and is undertaking a genetic study to determine how the distant populations in the park are related. 
  • Thousands and thousands and thousands of native plants are grown for restoration projects at a plant nursery and in an out-dated, inadequate greenhouse on the South Rim. 
  • The increasing needs for plant restoration projects make it imperative to expand the park’s plant nursery, establish a seed bank, and build a passive solar greenhouse
  • Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, needs to raise an additional $50,000 (Yikes!) to make the new passive solar greenhouse a reality.
  • A few friends have asked how they can help with this greenhouse project, and they suggested that other AZNPS members might be interested in helping, too. 

If you would like to “Be a Part of Something GRAND”, here’s how: 
  • Make a donation online at
  • Call the Grand Canyon Association at 1.800.858.2808 to make a credit card donation.
  • Send a check (specifying the greenhouse project) made out to the GCA to:
                            Grand Canyon Association
                            PO Box 399
                            Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 
If you would like to volunteer with the Vegetation Program, check out opportunities for 2014 at
They will be posted soon. 

If you would like to join a group of Flagstaff volunteers on our Vegetation Crew trips in 2014, contact Dorothy Lamm at   Your name/email address will be placed on a separate email list.  You’ll have a great time and you’ll be contributing to our magnificent Grand Canyon National Park. 

Dorothy Lamm  

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