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!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Terra Birds

New post from Terra Birds

The Garden Start shares are officially SOLD OUT for 2015, but if you know of others that would like to sign up for a future year, have them send me an email at and I will put them on the mailing list and never miss out again. Also let them know that select varieties will be available for purchase at Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed and the Flagstaff Community Farmer's Market at the Flagstaff Foodlink Backyard Gardener Booth.
There are still plots available at the community gardens, please contact to learn more or to reserve a plot.
Also, many thanks for a great Seed Swap several weeks ago, I think that it was the biggest one yet and I saw many Garden Starts member there. Read more about the even at the Daily Sun article that came out on Thursday,
See below for other happenings around town, and have a great weekend! - Regan

Flagstaff Foodlink will again be hosting a Backyard Gardener Booth at the Flagstaff Community Farmer's Market. Have extra veggies that you would like to sell? Find us as at the market, sell your produce, and hang out with fellow growers. The idea is to spread the word that you can grow food in Flagstaff, despite our climate, and make a little extra cash on the side, and not have to bring your own tent and table. We hope to be there every weekend of the season. Please get in touch with Foodlink if you are interested in participating,
-There will be a film screening of Food Chains as part of Speak Up at Firecreek on Monday May 4th at 5:00 p.m.

-Local First will be hosting the next Balle Conference in Phoenix in June, it will includes sessions about food systems, there is still plenty of time to register, to learn more, go to:

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