Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 11/14/2013
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
Calendars are now available for sale at the Coconino County Extension office, Warner’s, Native Plant & Seed, Riordan Mansion, and the Allstate office on Cedar. Suggestions on other locations for selling the calendars were the Flagstaff Visitor’s Center and Chamber of Commerce. Sherline Alexander said she would check with some people who are exhibiting at local arts and crafts fairs to see if the calendars could be sold there.
Deb Noel – Historic Gardens and Gardeners
Deb Noel gave an overview of botany and botanists in the United States. She talked about the importance John and William Bartram, their garden and seed and plant business. In addition, she spoke about how many of the founding fathers of the country were gardeners. For more information on Bartram’s Garden and early gardeners in the United States, check out the following website and books. The public library has copies of both of the books.
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, Andrea Wulf, 2011.
The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession, Andrea Wulf, 2010
Vote on officers
The following were elected:
President: Hunter Kemmet
Vice-President: Charlotte Dodgson
Secretary: Sherline Alexander
Co-Treasurers: Linda Guarino and Crys Wells
We still need a continuing education committee chair.
Holiday Party Dec. 12
Debi Stalvey will send out the invitations for the Holiday Party on December 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m at the Shepherd of the Hill Church.
Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
It was announced that he executive committee had voted to keep $1,000 in the association account as a reserve. The current balance of the account is $1745. A donated statue was sold on eBay, calendars were selling well and two new members joined at the meeting. The association now has 91 members.
MG Program Happenings (class) – Hattie Braun
There is one more Master Gardener class in this session. There will be a spring class held in the extension office conference room so there will be a limit of 20 students. The class will be on Tuesday afternoons.
Home and Garden Show, Mar. 28-30, 2014 – Hattie Braun
Volunteers are needed to plan and to work the show. Master Gardeners will have 8 booths (up from 6 last year). A planning meeting will be held in January. Five people have signed up to volunteer so far. Contact Hattie if you wish to volunteer.
Continuing Education – Jim Mast
Programs for 2014:
January – Dave Brimhall –flower arranging
February – Charlotte Dodgson – house plants
March – tentatively Tom Kolb – something on trees
Community Markets – Sherline Alexander
There were twelve days scheduled for Master Gardeners to staff a booth at the community markets on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Seven days were staffed and 140 people were served. Sherline also created a document detailing what volunteers need to bring and do while staffing the booth.
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
For October there were 435.5 volunteer hours and 89.25 education hours. Year-to-date: 4246.5 volunteer hours and 802.25 education hours.
Q. My trees are budding out now. Should I prune them now?
A. Any buds forming now will freeze. Wait to prune until the plants are dormant.
Q. Should you water now since it has been dry?
A. Yes. Water established plants monthly and recently planted more often. Do a deep watering. For grama grass – it is dormant, but if it stays dry, watering is good.
Hunter Kemmet will continue to haul horse manure to your home for a $10 donation until the snow flies. You will need to unload it. Call him at 602-290-7751 to schedule a delivery.