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!

Monday, January 26, 2015

MG Project Grants

Dave Brimhall, Dr. William Peterson (Northern Director, AZ Historical Society), Freddi Steele
Photo by Tammy Valdovino
Over the last 4 years our association has been giving yearly grants to master gardener projects. They have helped a variety of garden projects - schools, non-profits, and even some for-profits such as Emeritus Assisted Living that would not happen without financial assistance. Last month we invited some of the people leading those project to attend our monthly meeting and share results of those projects. Angie Fritz a master gardener and volunteer for many years used her funding to start a school garden program at Mountain Elementary School. The Pinon Community Garden was represented by Rosemary Logan and April Smith. They were able to install a drip irrigation system for their unique community garden. Unlike other community gardens each participant does not have a garden area. They all garden the plot together. Riordan Mansion was represented by master gardener Dave Brimhall. They have received several grants that have allow them to improve gardens and hardscape at a local treasure for visitors and residents. Last of all Freddi Steele showed the work done at the Pioneer Museum to allow people to safely access the property. She headed the "Pioneer Garden" work there. Dave and Freddi both work at AZ Historical Society sites in Flagstaff.

It was rewarding for all who attend the presentations to see the good work that Master Gardeners are doing throughout Flagstaff. Thanks to all who support us with memberships, participate in CMGA events, purchase fundraising items, and just volunteer their time and share gardening knowledge.

Loni Shapiro
CMGA, Education Chair

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