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

Weed OUT!

A message from Dorothy Lamm
If you want lunch, please RSVP by May 3.  Hattie

Greetings, All,
Volunteers are needed at the Pioneer Museum and Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 9.

In 2010 volunteers from the Master Gardeners and AZ Native Plant Society began a sustained effort to eradicate a huge, dense population of Diffuse knapweed on the properties.  In the early years we gathered many times a year, and hauled out dozens of huge, heavy bags of weeds.  Thank you.

This year the job continues, but the invasive plants are under control and manageable, and two work days are likely all we will need.  We will "Get 'em when they're young."  We especially need Master Gardeners and AZ Native Plant Society members to lead the charge in small work groups and keep novices on track.  Can you help? 

A short orientation to Diffuse knapweed and a few other on-site invasive plants will begin the day, and proper eradication techniques will be demonstrated.  Information cards on non-native, invasive weeds will be made available to volunteers via email. 

WHENSaturday, May 9.  From 9 until noon. 
WHAT:  Invasive Plant Education and Weed-out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
WHERE:  Pioneer Museum and Coconino Center for the Arts on Fort Valley Road (Highway 180) next to Sechrist School. 
WHY:  So native plants can be restored to the area, and seeds will no longer be spread all over the city and county on the tires of visitors. 
WHAT TO BRING:  Shovel or hand trowel; gloves; water; mid-morning snacks; clothing appropriate to the weather,  sunscreen.  Wear closed-toe shoes.  If you like to rake, you can help to rake up and bag pine needles.
WHAT NOT TO BRING:  Lunch.  Lunch will be provided by the Flagstaff Family Food Center for those who want one. 

RSVP:  If you would like the lunch, please respond to this email by Sunday, May 3, so we can order the correct number of lunches.  If you don't want the lunch, just show up. 

We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 9.  

Posted by D. Lamm  

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