I couldn't resist this photo from Cindy Murray even though it is the back of the bird. For all you bird watchers it is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet on an Alberta spruce tree. And no she did not Photoshop it!
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 underContacts. 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.
Jim Mast Arizona Centennial Cooperative Extension Honoree
On Thursday, July 24th, Hattie Braun took a bunch of master gardeners to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Cooperative Extension. We headed to Happy Jack and the V-V Ranch. We spent the day there listening to many of speakers from the U. of A. and Arizona State talking about the founding of the extension and its goals for the future. Dr. Jeff Silvertooth the Director of the Arizona Cooperative Extension was the 1st to speak. Each county awarded recognition to people who had been instrumental in their extensions. From Coconino County Tom DeGomez recognized several people you might know - William Brechan, Ernest Chilson, H. Stuart Houston, Jim Mast, Herb Metzger, Bob and Judy Prosser, and Beth Tucker. In addition there were three wonderful talks in the morning about Forest Health (Tom DeGomez), Tree Ring Lab (Dr. Paul Sheppard), and the Arizona Climate Lab (Dr. Mike Cremmins). They all covered the history and outlook for the future. We had a great lunch provided by the V-V and in the afternoon attended some breakout session. I attended one on Home Canning, went for a horse and wagon ride, and finished up with Native American Food Production. All in all it was a wonderful day. The next event in this anniversary celebration is in Oct. at the Phoenix Zoo. Look for upcoming details and think about attending. We should all be very proud of being part of a long time successful program that helps many people have better lives in a variety of ways. Attending help me understand all the other parts of the Extension beside the Master Gardener Program.
Thanks to Hattie for encouraging us to be part of this celebration and for getting us there.
We are looking for
volunteers to help the Research Department at The Arboretum go to people's
houses in the Schultz fire flood area and help pull weeds! We would love your
help with this great cause! If you are available, please email Sheila Murray at
This event will take
place on Thursday, August 7th and
Friday, August 8th from 8am-11am
We will be
meeting at the Walmart parking lot, and have a shuttle to Doney Park and
Come join us for a FREE Invasive Weeds Workshop for a
Post-Fire Flood Zone-2 with presenters, Kris Haskins and Sheila Murray at The
Arboretum at Flagstaff on August
9th from 9am-12. Please see attached flyer. If you would like to
register, please contact Kris Haskins at email@example.com
I hope that everyone is having a great week. I am
back from New Jersey and working in the garden.
Before I left last
week, Haggar and Gili were very helpful in getting the edge outside along the
fence weeded and mulched. We also started digging the rows in the center.
We had our first grade-level tour in the garden with all of the first
graders coming out to learn the garden rules and check out what is growing.
They are working on an experiment in which they plant seedlings indoors and then
compare them with the mature plants out in the garden.
Here are the
hours for this week: Allison Baker and I are hosting a garden work party this Friday, August 6 from 4:00 - 5:30
Great news! AZNPS Phoenix Chapter President Cass Blodgett was
nominated by the Conservation Alliance for the 2014 Cox Conserves Conservation
Hero Award. Recently he was chosen as one of three finalists for this big
award. His nomination was based in large part on his outstanding work for the
Alliance as a lead citizen botanist, and also for his volunteer work for AZNPS,
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and other organizations.
one of the three finalists, Cass has already been awarded $2,500 which will be
donated to AZNPS! Now an online vote will be taken to determine the final
winner. If Cass wins the final vote, and additional $7,500 will be donated to
Join us Saturday,
July 19th, for Warner’s Annual
has been providing support and care for Northern Arizona families since 1983.
Their mission is to prepare patients and families for end of life experience,
by offering physical, emotional, and spiritual support and comfort. When you
support the mission of Northland Hospice, you help give terminally ill people
the opportunity to spend the end of their lives peacefully, meaningfully, and
is a proud, long-time supporter of Northland Hospice, including the Olivia White
Hospice Home Gardens, an ongoing project that includes a Memorial garden for all
Hospice Day, you can help support the Olivia White Hospice gardens and
contribute to your own garden at the same time, with a little help from
Warner’s. 10% of our profits of the day’s sales will be contributed directly to
the Olivia White Hospice garden project.
So come join us
this Saturday to help support a
very worthwhile cause, and feel good about doing a little something to spruce up
your own yard!
Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
Drawing will be held after refreshments
and before the business meeting
MG – NEED VOLUNTEERS
Clean-up raffle – Molly/Hattie
1.Need yard clean-up volunteers
Tours – Loni
1.The Flagstaff Tour of Artists gardens Saturday July 26th.
Tucker looking for volunteers.
(Plant Sale & Penstemon Festival)
July 12th – Hunter/Hattie
1.Need one more volunteer
6:40pm – 6:45pmIntroduction of speaker – Ed
1.Hattie Braun, History of the Extension in Arizona - then
2.Gail Morris, Creating Monarch
Waystations and Butterfly Gardens Gail
Morris is a Maricopa Master Gardener,project coordinator for Southwest Monarch Study www.swmonarchs.org/ and
Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org/.The title of her talk is ‘Creating Monarch
Waystations and Butterfly Gardens’.Monarch waystations are refuges that provide resources necessary for
monarch butterflies and their offspring when they make their annual migration.
She will also talk about attracting and providing habitat for other
Guerrette and Linda Guarino
Tuesday, July 15, 2014: Vera Markgraf, “Botanical Assessment
of Springs in Coconino County
Dr. Vera Markgraf earned advanced degrees at universities in
Switzerland and Germany. She has done extensive field work on riparian ecosystems in Latin America and
contributed to many articles and books on paleo-environments and climate change. Now adjunct faculty at
NAU, she has held research and teaching positions in Switzerland, France, Australia, Colorado, and the
University of Arizona. Vera generously volunteered her expertise in plant identification,
geomorphology, and the vegetation dynamics of wetlands during a recent, multiyear inventory of 200 springs on the
Coconino and Kaibab national forests. Vera will present on the botanical assessments of springs in
Coconino County. Saturday, July
19, 2014: Field Trip to Hoxworth SpringThis beautiful restored complex of springs
and wetlands promises to be lush, green, and flowery in July.
The springs are a quarter-mile walk from the
parking area on Forest Road 296, 10 miles southeast of
Flagstaff. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Meet at
the Credit Union at 8:30 a.m., as described above. The hike should not last beyond noon.