Coconino Master Gardener Association

Tulipa tarda one of my favorite species tulips. Cultivation of tulips began in Persia and spread to Turkey and Afghanistan and these beauties thrive on climates with long, cool springs and dry summers. Species tulips are one of the early blooming tulips in Flagstaff. There are a few in the Arboretum gardens and many at Olivia White Hospice Gardens. They are short, close to the ground, and come in many colors and shapes, bur usually more open than the standard Holland tulips. Look for these to plant in the fall for next year.
Loni Shapiro

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!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CMGA January 2016, Meeting Minutes

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Minutes
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - 1601 N. San Francisco

Attendance – 27 people were in attendance

Welcome – Jim Mast

·         President’s Annual Report – Jim highlighted several of the CMGA activities including the calendar, the 2015 home show, the summer garden tour, the seed library, the garden conference and the fall clean-up project.  There were 96 paid members in 2015. 
·         See the blog for the complete report:
·         Introduction of 2016 officers -  Jim Mast-President, Ed Skiba-VP, Sue Madden-Treasurer, Jackie Clark-Secretary

Speakers – introduced by Loni Shapiro.  The speakers were 2015 grant recipients

·         Monarch project at the Arboretum at Flagstaff – Sheila Murray
·         Sunshine Rescue Mission – Jeff Best
·         Olivia White Hospice Home – Linda Guarino
·         Grow Flagstaff Seed Library – Jackee Alston
·         Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden – Judy Springer

·         Refreshments provided by Sherline Alexander and Jackie Clark
·         Raffle prizes provided by Loni Shapiro, Leslie Penick and Jackie Clark; $23.00 raised

Business Meeting – Jim Mast

·         Spring Master Gardener Class
o   Starts February 2 – take flyers and tell your friends!

·         Need chairs/volunteers for Fundraising and Volunteer Support Committees

·         Introduction – Trish Zilliox, newest Extension employee

·         Home show April 8 – 10, 2016 – Loni Shapiro and Jackie Clark
o   Several speakers have been lined up, but details about times and how many we need have to be arranged.
o   Volunteer sign-up sheets were available.  We also need more committee members. Watch the blog calendar for the first meeting details  (Feb. 19)

·         Financial report – Sue Madden (not present – given by Jackie Clark)
o   $9,395 income for 2015; $8,323 on hand

·         Committee Reports:

o   Volunteer Support – Crys Wells (Jim Mast reporting)

§  December:         30 reporting       851.75 volunteer hours                 171 education hours
§  YTD:                       96 reporting       4,736.00 volunteer hours              943 education hours

o   Fund Raising – this committee needs a new chair

o   Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro

§  March:  Tips for Starting Seeds – Stephen & Cindy Scott/Terroir Seeds
§  April:  Greenhouse Gardening – Jim Mast (with visit to his greenhouse on Saturday 4/16)
§  May:  Self-watering Containers – Jackie Clark
§  June:  Growing Roses at 7,000 Feet – Carol Chicci
§  July:  The Gardens of Paris/France – Molly Larsen; Coconino County Fair preparation
.  August:  Edible Native Plants in Flagstaff - Sheila Murray

o   Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette

§  The committee will decide of the community markets are a good use of volunteer time
§  Tables at the local garden centers were much more successful

·         Next meeting:  February 11:  History of Fruit Trees at Slide Rock – Kathy Shaw







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