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, August 29, 2014

Riordan Mansion Workdays

Forward from Dave Brimhall (
Good morning everyone!
Just wanted to Thank Charlotte one more time for her amazing leadership and vision on the Riordan Project.  Charlotte, you have become such a good friend and part of our community.
We will truly miss you.  Good luck in Sacramento and come back to visit us often!
I will be out of town the first two weeks of August so let me put out the schedule for the rest of the 2014 season.
Friday Aug 29th
Friday Sept 12th
Friday Sept 26th
Friday Oct 10th
Friday Oct 24th
We will meet at 9:30 and generally work until 1:30.  You are welcome to come for all or some of the time.  Any time you can give really helps.
I am unable to work at Riordan on Saturdays but anyone can go and help out at any time.  Just call me and I'll give you some ideas of things that need to be done.  699-3331
Thanks for all you do!
 Update from Dave 8/27

Just wanted to let you know that I will be at Riordan Mansion this Friday morning from 9:30 to 12:30 to do weeding and deadheading in the gardens.

If anyone would like to join me please feel welcome.

My plan for the rest of the season is to be at the mansion each Friday morning whether we have a work day scheduled or not.

The season will end on October 24th with our final clean up day.

Our two scheduled workdays for September are the 12th and the 26th.  I will send project details when we get closer to those dates.

Enjoy this wonderful monsoon weather!


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