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!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 5/14/15

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 5/14/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:35pm        Welcome – Jim Mast, President

Announcements          Meeting Raffle
o   $1 each or 6 for $5 (book and toilet paper rolls)
o   Drawing held after refreshments

6:35 – 6:40pm             Introduction of Speaker – Ed Skiba

6:40pm – 7:45pm        Continuing Education – Jim Mast - Vegetable Gardening in a
                                    Small Space - Community Garden
Jim talked about growing vegetables in a 4 x 20 ft. community garden space. He and his family gardened at the Juniper St. Community Garden which is behind the church. Fees per year are $35 and there is one plot left for this season. He covered starting in April through finishing at the end of Oct. The work included testing and amending the soil, planting seeds and plants (some crops seeded 3 times), amendments and fertilizing, use of season extenders, and tips for getting a good harvest. Jim also added some tips on growing tomatoes at home in pots. If you were unable to attend or want more detail info on products check out Jim's web site (
Bed before amending soil
In August after planted and grown
7:45 – 8:00pm             Refreshments and Raffle Drawing
                                    Thanks to Andrea Guerrette and

8:00pm – 8:25pm        Business Meeting – Jim Mast, President

                                    MG Coordinator Happenings – Hattie Braun
Conference – September 19 - keynotes booked, Clara Coleman (Eliot's daughter) on gardening for 4 seasons and Judith Phillips on native plants and climate change. Breakouts still coming together. Need help with publicity and fundraising. Extern may do fundraising and a sign-up was circulated for people to ask for donations. If you want to help contact Hattie for the cover letter and form.
Master Gardener class completed today at the Arboretum

                                    Financial Report – Ed Skiba
Sue Madden not present. Ed reported approx. $5400. Jim Mast noted that some of our funds may be donated to the conference. This is still pending.
                                    Committee Reports:
                       Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
43 reported      429.75 volunteer hours this month, 791.5 to date
                        84 continuing education this month, 175.75 to date
JoAnn Alarcon learning to do the reports.
                       Fund Raising – Debbie James
Calendars - Jim Kessenich - Deadline for photos June 1, 4 x 6 landscape sent to the PO box or extension. They will be different this year.
Summer Garden Tours - Colleen Tucker, July 25, 6 gardens, 10am-3pm. Colleen needs people to volunteer for helping host the gardens and for distributing flyers prior to the event. Cost will be $25. Maps will be available at Viola's on the day of the event.
Fall Garden Clean-up Raffle - Debi Stalvey  - meeting tomorrow at 12pm (Fri.) at the extension. 10 people needed for 2 sites to do the clean-up. Help needed by all to sell raffle tickets.

                      MG Projects/Grants – Jackee Alston
Jackee not present. Grants due 6/1  - grant funds are $2000 this year and have increased each year due to fundraising efforts. They will be reviewed at the  June Exec. Meeting. Sites can apply multiple years.
                     Continuing Education/Blog – Loni Shapiro
June meeting - Hattie Braun on her Favorite Perennial Flowers
July meeting - Jackee Alston and others on Saving Seeds and the Seed Library
August meeting - Susan Lamb Bean and Kirstin Olman-Phillips on Native Grasses
September - no meeting or picnic due to conference
October - Jan Busco/topic to be advised. We are working on combining the picnic and meeting for this month. Hattie to check with the Arboretum as a possible site.  Possible dates are: Oct.10 or 11 then Loni will contact Jan.
November - Linda Guarino, GMOs

                                    Flagstaff Community Market – Andrea Guerrette
We will begin downtown on May 24th for 4 weeks. She has volunteers for all but the last week (June 21). Wednesdays have not been scheduled as yet. They begin in June.

8:25 – 8:30                  Gardening Questions???

Do I need to do something about my Peonies with the weather.
Cover them until the snow/cold has passed. Cover early in the day while warmer.

Jeff Best uses straw to cover his seedling. Wind sometimes blows off, but burlap might do better to keep in place.

I had all male then all female flowers and didn't get any zucchini.
Last year was a strange year and many people had this problem (cold, dry early very wet late). You can hand pollinate or try to buy several varieties of squash so that you have male and female flowers at the same time. The best time to do hand pollination is just before the flower opens - once open you may lose the pollen. If you haven't done this before - Google "hand pollination of squash". Jim Mast mentioned in his talk that it is important to have flowers in your vegetable garden to attract bees and other pollinators (Borage works well but there are many others (yellow and red)).

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! That is great. It’s fabulous and I love getting information about local events from calendars so that I can attend those events with my family. Well I never took my family to my corporate meetings yet they are at very grand meeting room every time.