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!

Monday, June 6, 2016

CMGA 2016 Garden Grant Award Winners

2016 CMGA Grant Awardee Announcement

Congratulations to the following grant recipients for our 2016 grant cycle! Again this year we’ve beat all records and have awarded more money than we ever have as well as sponsored more projects than we have in the history of our organization. We’re pleased to see so much good being grown in our community!

1. Flagstaff Junior Academy Little Green Sprouts Program
Description: Water catchment and compost bin for existing beds.
Submitted by: Gina Lanzetta. Amount awarded: $235.15
2. Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library
Description: Printing/Packaging costs and a Word Press website.
Submitted by: Jackee Alston. Amount awarded: $260.00

3. Riordan Mansion
Description: Installation of a bird bath and new xeriscape plants with soil amendments.
Submitted by: Gilli Thomas and Debbie Stalvey. Amount awarded: $350.00

4. Camp Civitan
Description: Installation of an elk fence.
Submitted by: John Christ. Amount awarded: $359.70

5. Maine Consolidated School
Description: Solar panel set up for a water pump system.

Submitted by: Rebecca Cauthen and Rick Zink. Amount awarded: $415.00
6. Epiphany Episcopal Church Labyrinth Garden
Description: Installation of a trellis, tree, signage, and brochure for Biblical Garden.
Submitted by: Kathy Deasy. Amount awarded $275.00

7. Colton Community Garden
Description: Season extender project using Solexx.
Submitted by: Lissa Buyske. Amount awarded: $305.82

8. Olivia White Hospice Home
Description: Shelving in the new shed and replacement or repair of a raised garden bed.
Submitted by: Linda Guarino, Crys Well, and Becky Levine. Amount awarded: $500
9. Coconino Community College
Description: Rebuild existing beds and construct an A-frame trellis.
Submitted by: Nichole Gregory and Janan Scott. Amount awarded: $350.00
10. Hozhoni Foundation
Description: For hardscape supplies and low-water plants.
Submitted by: Justin Cartwright. Amount awarded: $500.00

11. Michael Moore Medicinal Garden
Description: Supplies and space to propagate medicinal plants at the NAU Greenhouses.
Submitted by: Judy Springer and Laura Davis. Amount awarded: $438.00

12. The Peaks/ Northern Arizona Assisted Living
Description: Supplies and tools needed for wildlife-attracting garden beds soil amendments.
Submitted by: Josephine Peterson. Amount awarded: $250.00

13. St. Francis de Assis
Description: Creation of rock garden beds and native pollinators purchased and planted.
Submitted by: Dot Himes. Amount awarded: $200.00

14. Pioneer History Museum
Description: Installation of a native pollinator bed with watering system
Submitted by: Anna Bekerman. Amount awarded: $250.00

TOTAL: $4,688.67

Checks will be awarded at our meeting on June 9 or mailed if participants are not present. Jackee Alston and Dot Himes have already agreed to present their projects at our January meeting.  We would like to have 3 more participants. If your interested in helping contact Loni Shapiro (
Jackee Alston - Chair Projects Committee

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