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!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Volunteering at the Arboretum

The Arboretum at Flagstaff 2016 OPEN volunteer dates. It is not required to be a member of MG's or ACE. Anyone is welcomed to join us:

January 23, February 6, February 20, March 5, March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 23

Interested volunteers must RSVP with the date they plan to attend to: ,, & 

The plan for each scheduled date is as follows:
1.       Arrive at the Arboretum at 10am and meet Horticulture staff at the main greenhouse-building with the blue roof. Plan to work until 2pm.
2.       Volunteers should always dress in layers for outdoor work (even though some or all members may be working indoors in the greenhouses with us on certain dates).
3.       Everyone is encouraged to bring a personal refillable water bottle and snacks with them.
4.       We will provide all tools, gloves, instructions, etc. necessary for work projects.
5.       Everyone will sign in on our volunteer forms so we can be sure to document your service hours & generous contributions towards the Arboretum at Flagstaff!

I plan to be here to work with you all on January 23. I will then be on maternity leave for a few months & from February into April you will be working with Gayle Nance, Horticulturalist, & Hailey Sherwood, Horticulture staff member. They are both cc'ed in this message in addition to our new Volunteer Coordinator for the Arboretum, Shannon Benjamin. Feel free to contact any one of us with questions or for organizing logistics in preparation for your service dates.

Docent Training 2016 kicks off on Friday, April 1st with a potluck and official welcome. No fooling- save the date! The first full day of training begins on April 16th and runs 10am-2:30pm every Wednesday through May 25th. More info to come, but please let me know if you have any questions or would like to get signed up. This is going to be great fun and I can't wait!

Thanks for your interest in helping us here!

Christi Sorrell
Director of Horticulture
The Arboretum at Flagstaff
4001 S Woody Mountain Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ   86005

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