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!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Alta Vista Garden Club Tours

AVGC 2014 Garden Tour Press Release
Alta Vista Garden Club, Prescott,Arizona,  presents its biennial garden tour on Saturday, June 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.   Guests will experience creative blends of perennials, annuals, native plants and vegetables located in private gardens in Prescott’s varied landscapes.  The self-guided tour features:
 Hilltop garden filled with brilliant season-long colors attracting bees, butterflies and birds. Also features colorful containers full of vegetables and herbs.
 More than an acre of native plants, trees and grasses in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills.  Set among the plantings are unique metal sculptures and yard art.
 Cityscape garden overlooking a panoramic vista of some of Prescott's peaks.  Discover the imaginative uses of metal work for plantings and birds.
 Meditative garden in the ponderosa pines provides creative repurposing of numerous items, such as antique chandeliers and bird cages.

 Garden in one of Prescott’s historic areas which has maximized the geographic terrain of the lot to create varied garden types, including a unique rooftop garden.
In addition to enjoying these wonderfully landscaped gardens, guests will meet related professionals and educators to add to your knowledge and understanding of the unique features in each garden. Local artists and musicians will add to the ambience of each garden setting.
Tickets are limited and available beginning April 1st.  They can be purchased in advance for a $10 donation at:  Bella Home Furnishings (Prescott), Jay's Bird Barn (Prescott and Sedona), Mortimer Nursery & Landscaping (Prescott and Dewey-Humboldt), Prescott Valley Nursery (Prescott Valley), The Native Garden (Prescott) and Watter's Design & Garden Center (Prescott).  Tickets are also available by contacting Debbie @ 928-443-8909 or email to:  On the day of the tour the program with maps and wristband entry IDs will be available between 8:00 and 11:00 AM in front of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at Yavapai College off of Sheldon Street in Prescott.  Wearing of wristbands is required for entry into all gardens.
Proceeds from this event go toward the Alta Vista Garden Club’s work in local education, conservation and beautification projects. For more information about the Alta Vista Garden Club, visit
If you have thoughts of going on Prescott's Garden Tour on June 14, now is the time to get your tickets.  They are selling out fast. 
More information can be found at
Click on "View current issue" and scroll down to page 52.  They will have some fabulous gardens again this year.  

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