Coconino Master Gardener Association

Fall Harvest a photo from Debi Stalvey.

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
Contacts.
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!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Flagstaff Home & Garden Show

Flagstaff Home & Garden Show 2016 Booth

From April 8-10 the Master Gardener Assoc. had a booth and 15 garden/cooking talks at the NAU Fieldhouse. Attendance at the show has decreased over the years, but we were able to help many northern Arizona gardeners and cooks. At the booth there were many questions and much interest in the garden guide and the new Grow Flagstaff Seed Library.
Our new venue in "the Hub" for talks proved to be a nice addition. The room had good sound, comfortable seating, and was convenient to the entrance to the show. We had some good audiences to some truly inspiring talks (over 250 participants). Some were so good that we will repeat a few for our monthly meetings.
Julie Lancaster had the largest audience on Sunday. I am including a couple of handouts you might be interested in including one of hers on "Companion Planting".

Companion Planting
Bringing Beneficial Critters to Your Landscape
Texas Rain Water Garden Plant List - http://aggie-horticulturee.tamu.edu/earthkind/EKSelector.html

Thanks to all those who took the time to help set-up/take-down, sit at our booth, and prepare a talk for the show. Special thanks to Jackie Clark who organized the event and spent most of her weekend there, and to Hattie Braun who helped us learn something about PowerPoint and setting up the computer between tennis matches and helping her husband set up a chicken coop. I spent most of my time setting up speakers, learning about computers, and listening to some great talks.

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