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, March 5, 2016

Tamarisk Coalition Educational River Float - New Mexico

Raft the Rio with us on April 30th! 
Sign up Today for Tamarisk Coalition's Fun and Informative Float Trip in New Mexico
Join us and hand-picked local river experts for an informative, fun float down the Rio Grande! 
We'll float a beautiful section of the river, starting from a private ranch at the south end of Algodones and ending at the north end of Corrales (View map).  During this 9.5 mile day trip, we'll stop to tour restoration sites, have lunch, and talk with our river experts.  
Raft the Rio speakers and topics include:  
  • Adrian Oglesby, Director of the Utton Center, will be talking about water law and how it interacts with restoration work;
  • Ondrea Hummel, Ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will overview restoration techniques and the endangered species in the area;
  • Audrey Kruse, Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program's Education Coordinator, will talk about the tamarisk beetle and the Bosque School's monitoring efforts;
  • Steve Harris, Executive Director of Rio Grande Restoration and Far Flung Adventures, will discuss management issues on the Rio Grande; and
  • Todd Caplan, Restoration Program Director and Senior Vegetation Ecologist with GeoSystems Analysis, Inc., will discuss river-floodplain habitat restoration
CLICK HERE to register and reserve your spot on a kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board, or raft... and don't forget to share this with a friend!  
Your support will help ongoing river restoration projects once damaged by invasive, non-native plants. This trip will be guided (and is sponsored) by Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures and Far Flung Adventures. Tickets are $95 for non-members, $80 for members - cost includes float, lunch, and drinks.  Registration ENDS April 15, 2016.  
For more information, contact Cara at

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