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!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 2014 Monthly Meeting Minutes

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 4/10/2014, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco
Continuing Education
                Mick Henry - Trimming fruit trees and pruning
                Refreshments provided by Galen and Andrea Guernette
Calendars: all 2014 calendars have been sold.  Debi Stalvey will organize this project for 2015 calendars.
Meeting raffle: raffle item will be either a plant from the Home Show displays donated by Loni Shapiro or a load of compost delivered by Hunter Kemmet.
                                                Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
Checking: 3536.07, PayPal: 12.98, Total: 3648.99   
Home and Garden Show
The effort was successful.  All the volunteers did a great job setting up the booth.  Special thanks to Jackie Clark for all her efforts.  Attendance was good for some lectures and poor for others.  We need to try to get a booth next year on the opposite end of the dome, away from the wind for the large doors.  One speaker complained about the advertising as only five people showed up.                       
                Committee Reports:
MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
A discussion on Grant Applications for 2014 occurred but final decisions on numbers were not decided because so few of the board were present. Loni will draft a general form and forward to the board for approval.  Deadline for applying will be May 31. Crys asked that the draft that the wording be changed to 'MG Projects will be given priority' rather than that they 'must be MG Projects'. She also stated that last year the decision was done by a committee rather than the board.  It needs to be done by June 12th for the meeting. The board needs to decide how they want to proceed.
                Continuing Education – Ed Skiba                    
May – Future of the Ponderosa Pine Forests in Northern Arizona - Dr. Tom Kolb
June – Firewise - Hattie to advise the speaker
July - History of the Extension in Arizona - Hattie Braun
August – Mushrooms - Rachael Edelstein
September – Annual barbeque
October – Probuild/Juli Littou  Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse
November - Bees   Dr. Kristen Porter, NAU
December – Holiday Party
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
Through March:  Volunteer 221.25 hrs,  Education 63 hrs
For the year:  Volunteer 452 hrs,  Education 96.5 hrs.
Next meeting:                May 8, 2013
Tom Kolb, NAU School of Forestry - future of ponderosa pine forests in N AZ

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