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, March 27, 2016

Flagstaff Home & Garden Show Speaker Schedule

2016 Flagstaff Home & Garden Show Presentations
April 8-10, 2016, NAU Field House
Friday, April 8

11:00 AM
Matt Laessig
Kevin Ordean
Composting on the Home & Community Scale
Learn about how to compost in your backyard and community, the pro's and con's of different methods, what material works best, what tools you need, and strategies for getting started.
Jackie Clark
Self-Watering Containers
Self-watering containers are a great way to supply plants with needed water while saving water. In this presentation you will learn the principles of building two types of self-watering planters.
1:00 PM
Jim Mast
Just Tomatoes
Proven tips and techniques for growing tomatoes in Flagstaff
2:00 PM
Hattie Braun
Landscape Trees for Northern Arizona
This talk will introduce the trees best suited for high elevation landscapes.
3:00 PM
Hattie Braun
Fruit Trees for Northern Arizona
How to select, plant and grow apples, pear, plums and cherries in the high country.

Saturday, April 9

11:00 AM
Cindy Murray
Inviting Beneficial Critters to Our Gardens and Landscapes
Learn how to attract birds as well as various pollinators and ladybugs to your garden.
Dorothy Lamm
Invasive Weeds
How to identify and deal with invasive weeds.
1:00 PM
Mick Henry
Tree Care for Northern Arizona
General tree care for northern Arizona from a local certified arborist.
2:00 PM
Jackee & Steve
Growing Unusual Edibles at High Elevation/Seed Library Update
People will tell you it's impossible to grow food--and especially most fruits--in Flagstaff. Challenge accepted!
3:00 PM
Steve Alston
From Seed to Loaf: the Science of Natural Bread Baking
Whole civilizations have been founded on the combination of 3 perfect ingredients: flour, salt, and water. Learn how the art and science of bread baking has not been lost nor have the ancient grains that started it all.

Sunday, April 10

11:00 AM
Julie Lancaster
Companion Planting for Productive Vegetable Gardens
Learn practical strategies to successfully grow healthy and prosperous veggies this season. Talk includes information on plant communities, intercropping and integrated pest management.
Jan Busco
Selecting Natives for Shade
How to choose the best plants for shady spots in your yard.
1:00 PM
Amy Caldwell
Creating a Rain Garden
Rain gardens can be any size or shape and easily integrated into the home garden. Learn the five steps to creating a rain garden and the benefits to you and our environment.
2:00 PM
Matt Schmechtig
Tree and Shrub Pruning for the Home Gardener
Tree and shrub care 101: tools, techniques, and tips on keeping your investment thriving in northern Arizona.
3:00 PM
Trish Zilliox
High-Altitude Baking
Learn the steps needed for adjusting foods such as cakes, breads and cookies for successful baking.

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