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, June 13, 2014

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 6/12/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet gave a brief review of agenda for the evening              
Raffle Drawing Prize was Eatable landscape book won by Sue Madden
MG Project Grant Presentations – Loni Shapiro presented checks to some of the organizations present. Mountain School $300, Pioneer Museum $250, Pinon Community Garden $250, Killip Elementary School $103.50 and Lowell Observatory $529.
Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
Continuing Education Sue Madden, Master Gardener was our guest speaker, presenting - Straw Bale Gardening.  She was born and raised in the “I’ve got black garden soil and I can grow anything” state of Montana, Susan now lives in the Flagstaff “suburb” of Munds Park, where she was a part-tine resident for 18 years and now has been a full-time resident for 9 years.  Prior to retirement, Susan lived in the Tempe area and worked at Arizona State University for 25 years. She is a master gardener and was a member of the 2012 winter class.  Susan volunteers at the Pinewood Fire Department where she maintains flower gardens designed and built as a trainee project along with Debbie Banta and Joy Salazar.  She also is a board member of the Pinewood Fire wise Team, and a certified member of the Coconino County CERTS group.
Refreshments by – Leslie Penick and Charlotte Dodgson
Raffle Drawing – Our last month’s winner was Lina Wallen

Business Meeting – Hunter Kemmet     
Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells – for May 2014 we received $40 in membership dues,
$38 on last month raffle, there were misc. expenses and we paid for name badge covers.  Our
 balance todate is $3819.00.
MG Coordinator - Hattie Braun.  Travel to the Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration on July
 24. It will be held at University of Arizona's Mahan Park/Summer Headquarters at V Bar V
Ranch. The ranch is located near Happy Jack, AZ, about 40 miles from Flagstaff. Master Gardener
Jim Mast is one of the Centennial Honorees.  There will be eight workshops and lunch.  A maximum
of 300 people may attend the event. Tom DeGomez will rent a van.  There will also be another
Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration on October 4th at the Phoenix Zoo.
Designated Campus Colleague – UofA will be requiring all Master Gardeners to register with this program.  I’ll need name, email, and birthday.  July-June email to collect information, put you in the system, will cover liability, other advantages.  Extension office expecting a new person July 7th.
Continuing Education – Ed Skiba speakers for July - History of the Extension in Arizona - Hattie Braun and Gail Morris Talk on butterflies, August – Mushrooms - Rachael Edelstein, September – Annual barbeque, October – Probuild/Juli Littou  Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse, November - Bees   Dr. Kristen Porter, NAU and December – Holiday Party.  I’m starting to look at next year’s schedule.  Sue Madden proposed that Ed give his talk and he agreed to do around March 2015.
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette - Volunteers are still needed – sign-up sheet on table.  Sunday’s have gone very well.  Lots of visitors to our booth.
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells  We have 33 people, ?? volunteer hours, and 54.5 education hours reported.
2015 CMGA Calendar – Debi Stalvey – Photo entry deadline is June 30th.  Need a 4x6 color picture.  The CMGA board will pick the pictures in July.  Flagstaff, AZ will be added to the calendar.  Drop off pictures with Hattie at the extension office or my office ate the All State Office.
Gardening Questions? Where can I find free mulch?  Maybe at the landfill or contact Mick Henry, ANA Tree Trimmers.
Next meeting: July 10, 2014 Hattie Braun – Extension History (10 minutes) and Gail Morris – Butterflies – SW Monarch Program

“Educational Opportunities and Events” found on the blog right column under Pages

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