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!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

I have been a volunteer with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)for more than 15 years. During that time I have worked for many non-profits and had great fun meeting many other seniors in Flagstaff. My work for them over the years has mostly been with gardening (the Arboretum) and the Senior Companion program. I did a 5 year stint with AARP Driver's Ed for seniors, and  recently with vets. Others work with educational programs for children. In the last couple of years their efforts have become more focused and include more gardening sites. Michele Lytle, who you may remember from the Extension Office is now heading up RSVP. She is a master gardener and has added some more gardening opportunities to their volunteer program.  I have learned that this program is important not only for those who are helped, but especially for those volunteering. Check out this great opportunity to hear more about it.

There is an information event to learn more about RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) a program of Senior Corps hosted by Northern AZ University.  The program is for those 55 and up. There are many focused volunteer opportunities which include Gardening, Education, and Helping Veterans and Military Families.  Join us to learn more about Senior Corps and RSVP!  This is at the U of A Cooperative Extension office on at 2304 N. 3RD St. on March 24th from 1030-1130am. I am attaching the flyer for you to post and share with friends.
Loni Shapiro
CMGA, Education Chair

"Gardening does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized." - Allen Armitage

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