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!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Speakers for the January CMGA Meeting

Olivia White Hospice Home - new shed

For our first meeting of 2016 we had 5 presenters from projects that we had funded last year. Last year we funded over $2700 to 10 different projects. 5 that were not able to join us are:   Riordan Mansion, Colton Community Garden/MNA, Pinyon Community Garden, Lowell Observatory, and St. Francis de Assisi.

 For the evening the 1st presenter was Sheila Murray, a researcher from the Arboretum at Flagstaff. They were funded for their Milkweed for Monarch Project. It is a large project that we provided funding for signage that began in 2015. 

Milkweed for monarchs
To collect local varieties of milkweed and then propagate in seed production beds here at the Arboretum, from which the seeds generated will be available to the public and landowners for their restoration and gardening needs.
The goal is to increase the amounts of native milkweed around Flagstaff to make a more hospitable place for the Monarch.   (from the Arboretum)
They will also have a new Butterfly House - local species that will be available at opening day.

The second presenter was Jeff Best. He has been working at Sunshine Rescue Mission's Dorsey Manor building a garden to provide fresh food during the summer and fall harvests. Jeff has been working there since 2010 and plans to continue. The garden at Dorsey Manor was very productive this past year.  They harvested 139 pounds of vegetables.  This was a record harvest! They grew lettuce, beans, tomatoes, kale, onions, and squash. His project was the impetuous for our association beginning grants for projects.
Linda Guarino, one of the coordinators, presented information on the long running Olivia White Hospice Home Garden project that has been in existence since 2002. They were able to purchase  and build a sturdy shed for their garden with our help.  In 2014 their sheds were picked up by a wind storm. One was completely destroyed and the other moved to the middle of the rose garden. They were light plastic sheds (Rubbermaid) and the new one is wood and a much larger space than the 2 combined. The old shed was moved to it's original location.
Jackee Alston, one of our members, began a seed library in 2015. It is the Grow Flagstaff Seed Library and is located at the county extension. The library officially opened in November and will continue to grow in 2016.  They provide local seeds that have shown to do well in Flagstaff. Members can get free seeds and return some from the crops they grow. Each packet provides growing suggestions and a story about  its history. The library will be looking for volunteers to help each month - the fourth Thursday from 10am-2pm.  The first date is the 28th of January.
The Michael Moore Native Medicinal garden began at Olivia White Hospice in 2010 from a grant from his widow. He was a writer about herbal medicines of the southwest. The garden needs to be moved because of a planned street project at the corner of Turquoise and Switzer Canyon (a new circle intersection). Some was moved this year to Willow Bend but the majority will be located at NAU outside the Forestry Building. Money donated was spent on signage, plants, and seeds this year.

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