Coconino Master Gardener Association

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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!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monthly Meeting for the CMGA Agenda

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A
6:30-6:50pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander
President Annual Report
Introduce 2018 Officers – Sherline Alexander-President, Sue Madden-VP,
Molly Larsen-Treasurer, Pam Garcia-Secretary       

6:50-6:55pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:55-7:45pm    Education:  Review of 2017 CMGA Grants for 2017
        Anna Bekerman—Pioneer Museum
        Kathleen Malkhassian—Knowles Elementary School
        Jan Busco—Colton House at MNA
        Chelsea Silva—Friends of the Rio de Flag
        Linda Guarino—Olivia White Hospice

(15 minute break with refreshments)

8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
        Meeting Venue – Need volunteer(s) to research where CMGA holds their monthly
          meeting’s and storage for meeting supplies.–SIGN UP SHEET ON TABLE
        MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
  • 2018 Flagstaff Home and Garden Show—April 13-15, 2018.  Will be in the Field House at NAU instead of the Walkup Sky Dome–SIGN UP SHEET ON TABLE
  • Fall into Gardening 2018
  • MG Class in Page (8wk class), 2/7-4/4, 5:30p-8:30p, Coconino Community College
  • MG Class in Flagstaff 2/6-5/8 9a-12:30p, Coconino Public Health Bldg.
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen
        Committee Reports:
        Volunteer Support—Crys Wells
        Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
  • February:  Steve Alston, Starting with Seeds
  • March 8 Jackee Alston - Season Extenders
  • April 12 Carol Chicci - Selecting and Growing Roses in Flagstaff 
         MG Projects—Jackee Alston
Social - Jackie Clark

         Historian—Tammy Valdovino
Summer Garden Sale - Judy Springer
Gardening Workshop - Merion Sharp
 8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    February 8 –Starting with Seeds/Steve Alston

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