Ladybird beetles on a rocky mountain bee from Cindy Murray. Watch this space for other great summer photos from Cindy.
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 underContacts. 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.
Annual Plant Sale will help fund the Center’s educational programs
experts will be on hand to help you pick the native plants that will be
perfect to improve and enhance the natural beauty of your landscape.
With ecological diversity comes an increased diversity of birds,
butterflies, and bees that the native habitats support.
Center Members are invited for the first pick of plants! In addition to
a wide variety of native and adapted flowers, grasses, shrubs, and
trees, we will have a cash bar and refreshments.
Saturday, April 28, 10-11am
Run! Jump! Stretch! Bring your 3 or 4-year old to experience the Discovery Gardens in a new way at the Spring Launch of our Knee-High Lens!
The Knee-High Lens is a printed interactive guide designed for parents
to use with their 3 or 4-year old children when they visit the Discovery
Gardens. A new Knee-High Lens will debut each season.
Weekend Admission: Adults: $5 | Children Ages 5-12: $2 | Under 5: Free
Free Admission to Highlands Center Members.
$5 for adults;
$2 for kids under 13; Members Free
Sponsored by Finley Toyota
A Family Fun Fest Migratory Bird Fest
Saturday, May 12, 9am -12pm
The Discovery Gardens
In Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day!
you know migrating hummingbirds can fly hundreds of miles across
deserts, mountains, and even oceans? You can learn all about
hummingbirds and other migratory birds at our first annualMigratory Bird Fest in the Discovery Gardens!Special Presentations from Wildlife Biologist for the Prescott National Forest, Noel Fletcher at 8:00 am (FREE) and Arizona Audubon Director of Bird Conservation, Tice Supplee at 10:30.
in the Gardens
Yoga in the Gardens
Sunday, May 13, 12 to 3pm
Join Kaitlin Eazer of Yoga with Kate for a yoga class in the beautiful woodland setting of our botanical gardens.
Free with paid admissions to the gardens
Wednesdays, May 16, 23, & 30
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
An innovative evening series celebrating the lives and works of
great naturalists, with special performances by
May 16 - Doug Hulmes as John Muir
May 23 - Fiona Reed as Rachel Carson
May 30 - Steve Morgan as Aldo Leopold
A selection of written works will be available for purchase on each
evening courtesy of Peregrine Book Company.
Cost: $25 per presentation. Pre-registration required.
This workshop is all about ants!
Participants will learn about ant biology, sociality, and colony
structure. During the lab portion, participants will learn proper
specimen collection techniques and survey ant populations that are
active at the Highlands Center.
For the fifth summer, the Shakespeare in the Pines
fundraising event will take place in the center’s outdoor amphitheater
located in the picturesque, natural setting of Ponderosa pines.
Ticketare $60 per person and include a reception with catered appetizers
from El Gato Azul as well as craft beers, wine, coffee and dessert. Proceeds will go to support the center’s d programs for children.