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!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Picture Canyon Volunteering

Good afternoon!
My name is Erin O’Keefe, I am the Open Space Aide working with Betsy Emery in the City of Flagstaff Open Space Program. This year, I will be assisting with coordinating volunteer events throughout the summer at Picture Canyon. Since you all are very knowledgeable about invasive plants and very dedicated to conservation at Picture Canyon, I wanted to touch bases and get some input about best days and times for scheduling volunteer efforts throughout the summer. Would you prefer mornings to afternoons for weed-pulling events? Also, do weekdays work better (perhaps Fridays) or are weekends preferred? We will be advertising these volunteer events with the public and are hoping to organizer the monthly pulls between April and September, depending on the conditions on the ground.

So far, we have set one volunteer event for Picture Canyon in celebration of Arbor Day. We recently met with another Picture Canyon steward with the Northern Arizona Audubon Society and decided on hosting an event on Saturday, April 29th from 9am-12pm at Picture Canyon. We are envisioning a two in one effort where we are able to have some volunteers pull fencing from the riparian area near the pond while other volunteers remove invasive weeds in the same area (and hopefully are able to remove the Scotch thistles that survived last year). Please let us know if you are available on this day and are interested, or know of others who may be interested in participating. Feel free to share this information with anyone else that might be interested in volunteering.

We are excited to begin our volunteer planning for the summer! Thank you for all the continued support. I look forward to meeting each of you in person in the near future. Have a great rest of your week.

Erin O’Keefe | Open Space Aide VISTA
City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program

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