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!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Agenda

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 1/8/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm – 6:50pm               Welcome –Hunter Kemmet
·         President Annual Report
·         Introduce 2014 Officers -  Jim Mast-President, Ed Skiba-VP, Sue Madden-Treasurer, Sherline Alexander-Secretary
Agenda –– Jim Mast
Announcements                  Meeting Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
·         Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting             
6:50pm – 6:55pm               Introduction of speaker Loni Shapiro

6:55pm-7:45pm                  Continuing Education  Grant Recipients: 1) Freddi Steele, Pioneer Museum 2)Angie Fritz,
                                                Mountain School  3)  Dave Brimhall, Riordan Mansion  4) Rosemary Logan & April
                                                Smith, Pinon Community Garden  5)  Jeff Best, Sunshine Rescue Mission
15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm                  Refreshments provided by Hattie Braun and Loni Shapiro
and Raffle Prize Drawing 

8:00pm - 8:25pm                Business Meeting – Jim Mast
Raffle donations

Build volunteer hours doing committee work;  there are sign-up sheets on the table.
·         Continuing education (Loni Shapiro, Chair)
·         Volunteer Support (Crys Wells, Chair)
·         Community Support (Andrea Guerrette, Chair)
·         Master Gardener Projects (Loni Shapiro, Chair: looking for new chair)
·         Special Projects (HomeShow, Conference, Fund Raising, Earth Day etc.)

MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
·         Conference
o    next meeting 1-14-15, 1pm, extension office.
·         Spring Class
o    TH, 1-4:30pm. 2/5 - 5/14/2015, N. AZ Health Care 1000 N Humphreys
·         Home Show
Financial report – Sue Madden
Committee Reports:
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
                                                Fund Raising – Loni Shapiro
·         Aprons $15 each – Loni
·         Calendars $12 each or 3 for $30– Debi
Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
MG Projects – Loni Shapiro
Blog - Loni Shapiro
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm               Gardening Questions?       

Next meeting:                     February Kim Howell-Costion Greenhouse soils and Soil Secrets (not confirmed)
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

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