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 6, 2015

Upcoming Events for Gardens for Humanity for April

Grow Your Garden in Containers!

Saturday, April 18, 1:00 pm
Sedona Plant Walk and Medicine Making

Sedona Plant Walk, Medicine Making, and Creative Nature Integration Workshop to Support, Heal, and Awaken the Inner Journey.
Saturday, April 18, 1-4 pm at the Sugarloaf Trailhead
Attendance is limited - Please register in advance >> 
On a meditative plant walk learn about some of the local Sedona medicinal plants and flowers and their healing properties on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.  
Forge a deeper connection with the land, the spirits of the plants, and create a medicinal essence or salve that correlates to their personal journey in life at this time.
A space for creative communion with the plants through drawing, movement and/or writing will be offered for deeper exploration into communication with nature and Self.
  • Bring a small empty tincture bottle or small salve jar; paper and pen.
  • Participants will be supplied with oil, wax, and vinegar/alcohol to make their own essence or salve.
  • (Optional) Crayons, colored pencils, or Cray-Pas
  • Water bottle and sun protection (hat...)


Saturday, April 25 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Workday at the Peace Garden

Sedona Creative Life Center

333 Schnebly Hill Road (map > )

Saturday, April 25 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
Join Gardens for Humanity at the Peace Garden at the Sedona Creative Life Center for a morning of  garden work. Help us prepare the garden for the next season of growth while you enjoy its beauty. 
The Peace Garden is a healing sanctuary and botanical garden located in the heart of Sedona at the Creative Life Center. It is a garden that unites native plants, healing herbs, fruit trees and specimens from many parts of the world. There are pathways through the garden and shady sheltered areas for sitting and contemplation.  
Help us build protective cages for our trees, and mulch their surrounding basins. 
  • Bring Gloves
  • Water
  • Sun protection
For more details contact us at

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