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!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunday Wild Edible Plant Walk

From left to right, Melissa Amberson, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Grayson, Pat Forester,
Katarina Karjala, Christine Orr, Sheila Murray, and Amy Caldwell
On Sunday, Sheila Murray, who is a research botanist from the Arboretum let a walk from Willow Bend to the Rio de Flag to review wild edible natives in the Flagstaff area. This was a follow-up to last weeks CMGA talk on the topic. We found many plants on our short walk. A variety of sumac, pines, cheeseweed, lamb's quarters, amaranth, dandelion, purslane, wax current, juniper, Oregon grape, curley dock, roses, oaks, monarda, to name a few that have edible properties.  It was amazing to see how many wild and native plants are in a place so close to downtown Flagstaff. We didn't have time but a walk around Willow Bend's building is also fun. If you do a walk be sure you watch for poison ivy - we saw many large plants.

Here are a couple of resources mentioned on the walk. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore (I bought my copy at the Arboretum but I think MNA also has it.) Laura Davis has also established a Michael Moore Native Medicinal garden at the gardens at Olivia White Hospice. It runs along Switzer just past the corner at Turquoise. Many plants are marked. It is done in sections depending on regions. You should see this before it is moved. The city is putting in a circle next year and most of the garden will have to be moved to NAU near the forestry building,  Sheila also mentioned a new book from John Slattery

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