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!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Native Plant Society Flagstaff Chapter Monthly Meeting and Walk

Evening Program

Tuesday, October 14*, 7:00 p.m.: Dr. Wendy C. Hodgson, “Pre-Columbian Agaves in
Southwestern United States: A New Way of Looking at Species and Their Cultural Landscapes”
at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, 1601 North San Francisco.  Easy to find! Easy to park! This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hodgson is Research Botanist and Herbarium Curator at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix,
Arizona. She is interested in the flora of the Southwest, particularly the Grand Canyon region, rare and endemic plants, and systematics of Agave and Yucca, including pre-Columbian agave cultivars.
Wendy coordinated the Cactus family treatment for Intermountain Flora and is head of the Cactaceae of Western U.S.project by Garden research staff and research associates. She is an avid plant collector who strives toward making high quality herbarium specimens.
The talk will focus on how the importance of agaves to Mesoamerica’s cultures has distorted the plants’ role for cultures north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Pre-Columbian farmers cultivated several species of agave in Arizona dating to at least A.D. 600 that have persisted in the landscape to the present. Most probably they  originated in northern Mexico and were traded as far north as the Grand Canyon. Verde Valley is a region of intense agave cultivation, having at least four of the five known domesticates. Landscapes and plants should be viewed from a cultural, rather than “natural” perspective that helps discern cryptic species and requires interdisciplinary collaboration.
*Note:  This is the second Tuesday of the month, not the third, which is our usual meeting date. 


Saturday, October 18, Verde Valley Agaves

Our field trip in the Verde Valley will provide an opportunity to see several of these “living” artifacts in situ, with further hypothetical discussions of their origins and importance to people, as well as questions about agave diversification and speciation in general.

Flagstaff people will meet at the AZ State Credit Union at 8 am to carpool to Camp Verde. We will meet Wendy and Sedona and Verde Valley folks at Starbucks at 9 am at the Junction of I-17 and 260 in Camp Verde. We will then go and check out Sacred Mountain agave and Agave phillipsiana, check out another Sacred agaves and maybe an A. delamateri, then lunch at Wet Beaver Day Use Area, then go and see Page Springs agaves. Wendy anticipates being done by 3 pm, and all will return home thereafter.
Come prepared with sun protection and/or rain protection, water, snacks, lunch, and car or gas money for carpooling. For more information, e-mail Barbara Phillips at or call her at 928-853-3355.





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