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!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Flagstaff's Home and Garden Show

The Coconino Master Gardeners will have a booth again this year at the Home and Garden Show. The dates are April 10-12. The show is at NAU Fieldhouse and is free all 3 days this year. We will be doing our usual garden lectures each day. Here is the schedule:

Friday – April 10                                                              
Noon         Ed Skiba                   One Hole at a Time: Proven preparation tips for planting
1:00 PM    Jim Mast                  Just Tomatoes: Tips and techniques for growing tomatoes in Flagstaff
2:00 PM    Dorothy Lamm      Invasive Plants: Learn to identify and deal with invasive weeds
3:00 PM    Linda Guarino        Plant Propagation: How to multiply your plants through stem cuttings
4:00 PM    Matt Schmechtig  Pruning Trees, Shrubs and Perennials: Landscape pruning tips
                                                    and  techniques for the home gardener
Saturday – April 11                                                         
11:00 PM Cindy Murray         Landscaping with Native Plants: Here's what you can do to bring        
                                                   native plants into your landscape
Noon         Sue Madden          Veggies in a Bag: Anywhere and everywhere, you can grow veggies
1:00 PM    Peggy Pollak          Season Extenders: How to extend the growing season in your garden
2:00 PM    Hattie Braun          Berries for Northern Arizona: Learn how to grow tasty strawberries
                                                    and raspberries
3:00 PM    Matt Schmechtig  Pruning Trees, Shrubs and Perennials: Landscape pruning tips and
                                                    techniques for the home gardener
4:00 PM    Hattie Braun           Small Shrubs for Northern Arizona Landscapes: Great choices for small 
Sunday – April 12                                                            
Noon         Ron Hiebert            How to Start a Vegetable Garden: So you want to start growing
                                                    vegetables?  Here's how
1:00 PM    Willa McAuliffe     Composting: Home composting made easy
2:00 PM    Willa McAuliffe     Gardening with Raised Beds: Tips and techniques for growing using
                                                   raised beds
3:00 PM    Nichole Gregory   Seed Starting Indoors: Get a head start on gardening and learn how to
                                                   grow your own transplants

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