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 12, 2015

March 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 3/12/15

Nicole Gregory – Starting Seeds - Both indoor and outdoor seed starting techniques and discuss some common issues with starting seeds, such as dampening off.  Discussed seed selection, storage, and the different germination needs of particular seeds. Demonstrated how to make two types of seedling pots out of recycled containers, and offered suggestions for how to ensure the strongest seedlings possible. The presentation was generic in nature, but broadly applicable to many different types of seeds.
Business Meeting – Jim Mast
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
·         Conference
o   Clara Coleman conference keynote speaker.  Sept 19th.
·         Home Show
o   April 10, 11, and 12.  Set-up April 9th, tear-down April 12 and 13.  Still need a chair for this project.  This year will be free admission.  We will occupy 8 booths to accommodate talks.  Will not be at the Dome; it will be held at NAU Fieldhouse, located at 1050 S. Knoles Dr.
Financial report – Sue Madden
·         PayPal balance is $207.02.  We should transfer $188 to bank account, $60 aprons, $140 dues, $73 raffle,$20 donations, $46 calendars.  Current balance $5569.99 plus the PayPal balance.
Committee Reports:
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
  • JoAnn Alarcon has volunteered to be on this committee.  She will be working with Crys.
  • In the month of February, 24 people reported 262 volunteer hours and 35.25 education hours.  YTD hours are 310.5 volunteer and 66.75 education.  The discrepancy between what is reported and the YTD are because some of those hours were for 2014
Fund Raising – Debbie James
·         Fall clean-up –Gili Thomas will chair the fall clean-up
MG Projects – Jackee Alston and Gili Thomas
·         33 projects approved – on the blog
·         Starting a seed library; contact information is on the blog
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
·         Starting May 17th ending October 18th 
8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:                  April 9th - Ed Skiba – One hole at a time

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