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!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference

Master Gardeners – Due to the great success of last year’s Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference, it will be held again.  Please read the following e-mail to see if you can help.  In any case, please mark your calendars for Sept. 11-12, 2014.  Several Coconino Master Gardeners and I went last year and it was an excellent conference for Master Gardeners.  Hattie

Dear Master Gardeners,

Another Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference is being designed just for you, the Masters Gardeners of Arizona.  The topics and format are in response to your input from the surveys that you completed last year.  The conference will be held on Thursday, September 11th and Friday,September 12th, 2014 at the Casino del Sol Conference Center in Tucson.  On Thursday we have a number of tours planned at the University of Arizona Arboretum, and at the Pima Extension Demonstration Gardens.  We are planning to have several focused lecture tracks and discussions to fill your day on Friday.  Friday's day of lectures is planned to begin at 7:00 am for registration and finish by 4:00 pm. There will be many breaks throughout the day and a break for lunch, which will be provided on-site at the Casino del Sol. The format is being designed to allow for in-depth presentations on desired topics and networking time to meet and learn from other Master Gardeners throughout Southern Arizona.  

The topics that the conference will focus on are Entomology, Trees, EcoDesign and Gardening Techniques. With this said, these topics are completely dependent on the speakers we are able to recruit to speak at the conference. In addition to these topics, Master Gardeners will have time at lunch and breaks to mingle and to share their knowledge and experiences.  There will also be vendors and sponsors at the conference.  And we would again like to invite each county to bring an informational board, which depicts the activities of the Master Gardeners in that county.  A table will be provided for your display. 

The conference is still in the planning stages and we are asking for volunteers to help with all of the activities required to make this conference a success.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the following activities:
·       Speakers
·       Recruit speakers – reach out to speakers from the list we have (through the survey) to see if they are available.  To keep admission costs down we are not able to pay large speaker fees to anyone, but we may be able to cover reasonable travel expenses for speakers.
·       Coordinate with confirmed speakers - identify their A/V and material needs, collect their bios and presentation descriptions for the program, collect their handouts and coordinate copies, send them logistical details.
·       Conference planning and execution
    • Design conference evaluation form and process.
·       Recruit day-of help - ask anyone interested in gardening or becoming a Master Gardener to volunteer on the day-of to help with registration, and to be speaker monitors.
·       Outreach, and Marketing
    • Sponsors
      • Create informational handout of sponsorship opportunities and request letter.
      • Brainstorm organizations and businesses to ask.
      • Ask potential sponsors and/or send request letters.
      • Coordinate benefits with confirmed sponsors.
    • Recruit vendors
      • Create informational handout of vendor opportunities.
      • Brainstorm organizations and businesses to ask.
      • Ask potential vendors.
      • Send confirmed vendors logistical details.
    • Goody bags, door prizes and speaker thank you gifts
      • Brainstorm organizations and businesses to ask for donations for goody bags, door prizes and/or speaker thank you gifts.
      • Ask organizations and businesses for donations.
      • Keep track of confirmed donations.
    • Conference materials
      • Design invitation.
      • Design and put together program.
      • Edit/proof program before it goes to print.
·       Registration
    • Develop registration form and process.
    • Track registrations.
    • Send confirmation email to registrants.

If you are interested in helping us to get this conference off the ground, please email us (copied on this email) by March 30th to let us know how you would like to help.  We would love your help with any of the pieces above, so even if just one small piece or step of a task sounds appealing, please let us know.  The more help we have, the more likely it will be a successful and worthwhile event for all.  We will have a launch meeting of all volunteers in the Tucson area and will communicate via email with all volunteers outside of the Tucson area.  To respect everyone’s time and minimize meetings, almost all communication will be done by email and phone.

We really encourage the participation of Master Gardeners from all the counties and look forward to both seeing you at the conference and working with you as a volunteer to set up the conference.  It is a great and unique opportunity for all of us to forge bonds, share information and set the precedent for future interaction.

We look forward to working with you to put on an educational and enjoyable conference for all of us!

Peter Warren -
Laura Mellow - email:
Wanda Bentle - email:

Peter L. Warren
Urban Horticulture Agent & State Master Gardener Coordinator
Pima County Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
University of Arizona

4210 N Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
phone: 520-626-5161
fax: 520-626-5849

We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files, we'd like to help you learn to help yourself...    - P. Simon

Hattie Braun
University of Arizona
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino County Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Phone:  928-774-1868  x 170
FAX:  928-774-1860

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