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!

Friday, January 10, 2014

CMGA Meeting Minutes 1/9/14

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 1/9/14
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

Our outgoing officers President Debi Stalvey and Secretary Ann Eagan were recognized and presented with a house plant from Warner’s nursery for their many contributions to the Master Gardener Association.

President Debi Stalvey introduced the new and continuing officers and committee chairs for 2014.
President Hunter Kemmet, Vice President Charlotte Dodgson, Secretary Sherline Alexander, Co-Treasurer Crys Wells, Co-Treasurer Linda Guarino, Blog/MG Projects Loni Shapiro, Community Markets Ann Eagan, Education Ed Skiba, Historian Tammy Valdovino

Debi also reminded everyone that 2014 membership dues are $10. Linda Guarino began accepting dues immediately. CMGA membership forms are located on the table by the front door.  Fill out the form to join.  There are three levels certified – graduates of the master gardener class who have completed volunteer hours, associate – previous master gardeners who are not current in the required certification and trainee - currently taking class or working on volunteer hours. 
This information is in the CMGA bylaws located on the blog under Master Gardener Association Documents and Forms (under Pages).

Hattie Braun presented Tammy Valdovino with her master gardener certificate and name badge.

Continuing Education 
David Brimhall on “Floral Arranging”
David has been a resident of Flagstaff for 30 years. He is a master gardener, having gone through the class three years ago.  He is an artist and professional florist working at Sutcliff Floral and Floral Arts, Ltd before that. He, Charlotte, and Debi do the MG project at Riordan Mansion.  Attached is the hand out from the lecture - LINK. Dave outlined the basics of “Floral Arranging” while demonstrating several examples (see blog photo). 

Thanks to Loni Shapiro and Julie Holmes for the refreshments.

Business Meeting – Hunter Kemmet
Hunter asked the group to consider volunteering to help with the Home and Garden Show in March.

All CMGA Annual Reports are available on our blog at

President’s report

Debi Stalvey shared highlights of the Coconino Master Gardener Association from 2013. 
Financial report
Linda Guarino Total CMGA income for 2013 was $3,914.72.  We raised almost $1,605.00 from calendars, $945.87 from membership, and $451.35 from donations and $911.81 from the garden resale.

MG Program Happenings (class/home show) – Hattie Braun
Home and Garden Show will take place March 22-24 at the Sky dome at NAU.  Volunteers are needed to staff the Master Gardener booth and give gardening talks. The next Home Show meeting will be January 16, 2013 at 1:00pm at the extension office.  The second meeting will be Friday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m.  Contact Hattie at if you want to help.

Continuing Education – Jim Mast
Charlotte Dodgson will talk about house plants in February and Tom Kolb will talk about trees in March, in August Rachel Edelstein will talk about mushrooms.
Community Markets – Sherline Alexander
Community Markets were pretty successful this year.  CMGA was represented at a lot of these events.  We had total of about 175 people visit out booth.

MG Projects – Loni Shapiro
A new list of project will be done in March, when sites are back to planning for the garden season. Many are changing (Hospice, Emeritus, and MNA). She will meet with Hattie about projects that are not on my list. Hope is to have a final draft done for the end of March. If anyone wants to help with this committee contact her.

Blog – Loni Shapiro
She is back to doing the blog. New up on it: photo, seed catalogs, some spring educational garden events, and in the right column you will find officer and committee reports from 2013. Debi Salvey’s report is on the main entry area along with the info on the new MG Class for Feb. Please send Loni any additions you may have for the Educational/Volunteer reports. If you are interested in writing an article you can either send it to her as an attachment or she will add you as a writer and show you how to enter.
The Cowboy Caviar was added as an entry on the recipe list.
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
Year-to-date total hours reported as of 12/31/13; 4765.5 volunteer hours and 891.25 education hours. 
Please record your 2013 volunteer and education hours by the end of January. The link is on the blog (
Gardening Questions?

The Flagstaff area is very dry right now, make sure to water bushes and trees.

Ann Eagan moved to adjourn the meeting, Jim Mast second the motion; meeting adjourned.

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