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 24, 2017

Spring Into Gardening Conference - Prescott

😞 Sorry this conference is full
Coconino Master Gardeners –

Here is the long-awaited information for the March 25th  Spring into Gardening - Master Gardener Education Day.

This is for active Master Gardeners only. This means that you need to have entered some volunteer hours within the last year.

Unlike a Garden Conference with vendors, welcome bags, door prizes, etc. this is a no-frills day of continuing education.  In order to keep the fee reasonable ($12 fee covers lunch), we ask that you do the following.
  • Wear your MG nametag
  • Print the agenda and any info you want to have with you
  • Bring your own morning coffee/hot drink – water, snacks, and lunch will be provided

The attached Registration file includes instructions, the agenda, and the registration form.  There is a limitation on the number of participants for the different talks/activities.  The positions will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.  Notice that your registration includes your lunch selection and the talks/activities you wish to participate in.  In response to feedback from previous Garden Conferences, you will notice that some sessions are repeated.

Registrations are due by March 1st.

The attached files include:
  • Registration (Instructions, the day’s agenda, and registration form)
  • Mar25thAbstracts (Descriptions of each talk/activity)
  • Bios (Information on the presenters)
You will receive an e-mail confirmation after your registration is received (including check or credit card payment).  If you do not receive the confirmation with about 5 days of mailing, contact Mary Barnes,

Registrants will receive a map, parking instructions, etc. closer to the event date.

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