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, November 27, 2013

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 11/14/2013

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.

Bartram’s Garden

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

Thanks to Susan Thompson and Sherline Alexander for the wonderful refreshments.

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.
Gardening Questions?

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.

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