Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Loni Shapiro
One of my favorite spring flowers from my old yard. One of many species tulips that the new owner can enjoy. Check out google for photos of many more you can add to your yard.
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!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Plant Conservation Alliance

From the local chapter of the Native Plant Society:
Hello PCA Cooperators,
  
We are trying something new - a monthly newsletter to keep you informed about what's going on at the PCA. Let us know what you think!

 The National Native Seed Conference was a great success! It was held in Washington DC from February 13-16th, and had nearly 350 participants from 41 states and 11 countries. Attendees included seed producers, land managers,researchers, and agency employees. Highlights included the introduction of the "Botany Bill" (see more below) on Valentine's Day, excellent presentations (including on plant blindness – now posted on our website), formation of tasks forces to implement the Native Seed Strategy, and an evening reception at the US Botanic Garden. We look forward to future conferences!
   
On March 8th we heard an excellent presentation from Dr. Jennifer M. Cruse-Sanders, Director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia as part of the bi-monthly PCA meeting. She included success stories of collaborations to conserve plants, including reintroducing Rhus michauxii in Virginia. The next meeting will be May 10, 2017 from 2-4pm EST.
  
 Support for the "Botany Bill" (H.R. 1054) is building! We are looking for co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. You can now use at the AIBS Legislative Action Center to contact your representative about the billhere. We are also gathering endorsers! The over 60 endorsing organizations currently include Georgia Native Plant Society, the New England Wild Flower Society, and BFI Native Seeds. If your organization would like to endorse the bill, please email us. And thanks to the many of you who have already endorsed the bill! Get more information on the bill, and regular updates, on the NFCC website.

  Finally, we are making a list of conferences and local events where the PCA could increase the visibility of the National Seed Strategy. If your organization sponsors conferences, or usually attends local conferences, please email us to let us know what they are!

 Thanks for all the work you do for native plant conservation,


   - Evelyn Williams, Andrea Kramer, and Kay Havens at the Chicago Botanic Garden, which chairs the PCA Non-Federal Cooperators Committee
Chicago Botanic Garden | 1000 Lake Cook RoadGlencoe, IL 60022

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