Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Loni Shapiro
One of my favorite spring flowers from my old yard. One of many species tulips that the new owner can enjoy. Check out google for photos of many more you can add to your yard.
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 Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). 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 13, 2016

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, January 14, 2016 – 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm – 6:50pm             Welcome – Jim Mast
·         President Annual Report
·         Introduce 2014 Officers -  Jim Mast-President, Ed Skiba-VP, Sue Madden-Treasurer, Jackie Clark-Secretary

6:50pm – 6:55pm           Introduction of speakers Loni Shapiro
6:55pm-7:45pm              Continuing Education  Grant Recipients: 1) Arboretum at Flagstaff –Sheila Murray; 2) Sunshine Rescue Mission – Jeff Best; 3) Olivia White Hospice Home – Linda Guarino; 4) Grow Flagstaff Seed Library – Jackee Alston; 5) Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden – Judy Springer

15 minute break

7:45pm-8:00pm               Refreshments provided by Sherline Alexander and Jackie Clark
                                            Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00pm - 8:25pm              Business Meeting – Jim Mast
·         Spring Master Gardener Class
o   Starts February 2 – take flyers and tell your friends!
·         Need chairs for Fundraising and Volunteer Support Committees
·         Introduction – Trish Zilliox

Home show April 8 – 10, 2016 – Loni Shapiro
·         Sign-up sheets for set-up/take-down and table staffing on table

Financial report – Sue Madden

Committee Reports:
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
                                            Fund Raising –
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
MG Projects – Jackee Alston
Blog - Loni Shapiro
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette

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

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