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!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

CMGA Garden Tours

The second garden tour for the summer was at Susan Lamb and Tom Bean. It was a perfect day to visit their natural/native gardens. We had more than 35 people even though it is outside of town on Lake Mary Road. Susan provided a handout summary of her garden (I will add an attachment later), gave us a tour, had some demonstration grasses in vases for us to learn, and fed us.

These garden visits provide an educational opportunity that often gives you  ideas for your own garden. You can also get educational credit to maintain your status as a master gardener. If you are showing your own garden you also get volunteer credits.

There are two more opportunities this August to visit gardens:

Saturday August, 20, at 10am
Visit the gardens of Riordan Mansion. This has been a master gardener project for several years. Debi Stalvey and Gilli Thomas head up the project this year.
Directions: 409 W. Riordan Road. Take Milton Road  south from downtown and left at Riordan Road. It is on the right.
If you want to take the house tour after, reservations are suggested for a Saturday. There is a fee for the tour.

 
Saturday, August 27th, at 10am 
We will tour the Doney Park garden of Loren and Joyce Cunningham.
The Cunningham's are pleased to invite you for a tour of their garden at 8775 Leah Lane.  To get to our house, take 89A north past the mall to Silver Saddle.  Turn right on Silver Saddle, go down about ¾ a mile, turn right again onto Leah Lane, and 8775 is the fourth house on your left.  It’s a white house with green trim.
Their mature garden features many native as well as non-native species.  There is a water feature, greenhouses, a vegetable garden in raised beds, and more recently-planted, a mini apple orchard with an evergreen buffer.

Come join us!
Loni Shapiro (cnslds@q.com)

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