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!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Terroir Seeds - Butterfly Milkweed and other info

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Butterfly Milkweed, Brussels Sprouts & Gardening for Birds

Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed
We have another species of milkweed to help the Monarch butterflies! The Butterfly milkweed is very attractive and a hit in both the garden and as a landscape showcase, where it shows off the vibrant deep yellow to orange flowers dripping with butterflies in the late spring to early summer.
Add this to your pollinator garden to draw in many different butterflies, bees and beneficial insects. It’s best to plant a variety of milkweed and pollinator attracting flowers that provide food for a diverse ecology of pollinators. You will not only be helping them, but they will visit your garden and the key to great production is excellent pollination, thus growing flowers in or around your garden will reap abundant harvests.
Plant now for early spring germination!

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are abundant this time of year because they are a cool season crop and have just been harvested. We have two new recipes showcasing these tiny cabbages in completely unexpected but thoroughly delicious ways. The first recipe – Classic Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts - is rustic, simple and hugely satisfying. I’ve used this recipe to re-introduce others to an entirely different Brussels sprout than they remember. The second recipe - Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Dijon Dressing - is a more sophisticated approach that combines the roasting with a delicious twist – a Maple-Dijon dressing that really sets these humble brassicas apart!
Try these recipes with fresh from your garden or Farmer’s Market Brussels sprouts, then add them to your wish list and grow some in your garden next year.

Gardening for Birds

Gardening to Attract Birds
Whether you are a gardener, a birder or know someone who is, we have a fantastic new ‘tweetable’ seed collection that will bring in the birds flocking to your garden! The heart of this new Gardening for Birds collection is the book "Gardening to Attract Birds" which walks you through the ideal garden plan, choosing the flowers and plants to attract birds and other pollinators to your yard. From there we have hand-picked a mix of annuals and perennials that will give a great start to your birding adventure.
This makes a highly attractive, extremely thoughtful gift for anyone who knows the joys of gardening or watching birds.

P.S. - Don't forget send in your reviews for a chance to win one of 2 - $25 Gift Certificates this month. Each review gives you an entry in the drawing, with a limit of 10 reviews. The first drawing will be on November 15 and the second will be on November 30, with the winner announced in the following Newsletter. The Gift Certificate can be used for anything we offer and is good for a year from the date of the drawing. To submit a review, just go to our website and click on the variety or item you want to review. Click on the "Review This Item" and give us the details. Your name and state will be published on the review, but your email will not. If you would rather send us an email with the number of reviews, that is just fine.
Good luck and let us hear from you!

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