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, April 20, 2015

Keep Sedona Beautiful Sustainability Series

Putting Together the 
Pieces of Community Sustainably
A five Week Course 
April 9 thru May 7.  3:00 - 5:00 PM 
at Keep Sedona Beautiful
360 Brewer Rd., Sedona 
with Debra Emmanuelle

Sustainability has become a new buzz word that is getting more attention than ever before.  
Debra Emmanuelle Course Instructor
Debra Emmanuelle, 
Course Intsructor
Unfortunately, there are as many definitions as there are people using the term, resulting in a "green-washing" effect that is actually detracting from the deeper relevance of the meaning. 
If true sustainability is to become a reality, there must be a synthesis of agreement and a common plan at the community level that is based on a shared vision and shared values. 
In this course, we will dialogue about current challenges whose solutions lie in the implementation of foundational Sustainability Principles and Practices as well as number of tools that support effective implementation and follow through.  
This class is a group exploration of shared vision and value-sets that, when acted upon, turn the possibility of local sustainability into a local reality - starting with you! 
Pre-register online at or call Debra at (928) 282-8738 - $15.00 - $20 at the door.
Watch for further programs throughout the summer and fall - here is the link Upcoming series:

Future Classes in this Sustainability Series:
 Choosing and Eating Food With Sustainability In Mind - May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18
 Food Security: How Can We Ensure Local Food Sustainability? - August 13, 20, 27,
September 3, 10
 A New Perspective for Raising Our Children - September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15
Cost: $15.00 per individual class with pre-registration ($20.00 at the door)
 $60.00 - with pre-registration for full 5-week course
*Special discounts for members of Keep Sedona Beautiful, Gardens for Humanity
For more information and to pre-register contact Debra Emmanuelle at Green Papillon Alliance: or 928- 282-8738

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