Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray a molting yellow rumped warbler eating aphids on her peach tree in Timberline. She likes to call him "Scruffles".

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!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Flagstaff Native Plant Society Meetings & Walks


Monthly walks are usually on the 4th Sunday of each month and are announced via e-mail and in the newspaper. Unless otherwise announced, meet at the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, southwest corner of Beaver and Butler at 8:30 a.m.

Come prepared with sun protection and/or rain protection, water, snacks, lunch, and a car or gas money for carpooling. For more information, email Barbara Phillips atbagphillips@yahoo.com or call her at 928.853. 3355.

Tuesday, September 20The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico
Ron Coleman, Author and Orchid Researcher, will present his talk “The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico,” which is based on his 2002 book of the same name. Ron will discuss the orchid species that grow wild in Arizona and New Mexico,
covering blooming season, habitat, and distribution. Within the United States, several of these orchids are found only in Arizona and New Mexico.
Walk: To be determined.

Ron is a student of the native orchids of the United States, specializing in the wild orchids of the Southwest. He is the author of over 40 orchid articles that have appeared in the Orchids, The Orchid Digest, Fremontia, Selbyana, and Madrano. Two wild orchid species are named after him, and he has described two new taxa. Ron is the author of The Wild Orchids of California, published in 1995 and The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico, published in 2002. He co-authored the orchid treatment in Arizona Rare Plant Field Guide prepared by the Arizona Rare Plant Committee, and was co-author of two orchid genus treatments in the Flora of North America, Vol 2, published in 2002. Ron wrote major portions of the orchid treatment for the new Jepson Manual Flora of California published in 2012.

Tuesday, October 18 
Coconino Imagineering
Scott Anderson, Natural Resource Manager.
Coconino County is a leader in the region for preservation of
open space. This was evident by the passage of a special tax in 2002 (CPOS) to buy and protect open space, greenways and parks. The special tax has now expired, large tracts of land have been protected, and now the County will need to decide if there is a will to continue this effort. Our first task will be to define our unique open space system. Next, we will need to explore methods to preserve our system. Scott’s presentation will explore future efforts and opportunities.

Walk: To be determined.

Scott has been working for Coconino County as the Natural Resource Manager for approximately 9 months. Prior to working in Flagstaff, Scott worked with the Riparian Institute and the Parks and Recreation Department in the Town of Gilbert, Arizona, for 13 years and managed the Gilbert Water Ranch riparian preserves. The preserves have been studied and copied by communities around the world seeking to be more sustainable.
These events are free and open to the public. 

Regular chapter meetings and evening presentations are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, March through October, at 7:00 p.m.

There has been a CHANGE IN LOCATION! Talks are now at the Pearson Building on the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Research Campus, across from the main campus off HWY 180. Easy to find! Easy to park!



Monthly walks are usually on the 4th Sunday of each month and are announced via e-mail and in the newspaper. Unless otherwise announced, meet at the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, southwest corner of Beaver and Butler at 8:30 a.m.

Come prepared with sun protection and/or rain protection, water, snacks, lunch, and a car or gas money for carpooling. For more information, email Barbara Phillips atbagphillips@yahoo.com or call her at 928.853. 3355.

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