Coconino Master Gardener Association

I couldn't resist this photo from Cindy Murray even though it is the back of the bird. For all you bird watchers it is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet on an Alberta spruce tree. And no she did not Photoshop it!

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!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wildflowers of Northern Arizona Botany Class at CCC

Coconino County Community College

Here is some information about a new class that CCC is offering this summer on Wildflowers of Northern Arizona that I thought you may want to share with the Master Gardeners and visitors to the Extension Office. The class is a two week course: June 4th through the 14th and the class runs from 12 to 6:45 Monday through Thursday.
If you have any questions, I recommend contacting Wendy McBride at because Wendy is the instructor on the course and will know more information about it than I do. If you would like a flier for the course, please let me know and I can forward that you as well.
Have a great day!
Nichole Gregory
Testing and Transitions Program Specialist Sr.
Academic Advisor
Coconino Community College
(928) 226-4301

From: Wendy McBride 
Hello All, I'm writing to advertise an upcoming field botany course offered through Coconino Community College this summer. The course is BIO 112 - Wildflowers of Arizona (preliminary syllabus attached here). The class will take place over the course of two weeks, M-Th June 4-7 and 11-14; we will meet from 12 pm - 6:45 pm each day.
This will be an intensive two week course that is a great introduction to botany. Throughout these two weeks we will explore the following:
  • Basic plant morphology
  • Basic botanical vocabulary
  • Basic plant taxonomy
  • Basic plant ecology
  • Practice using a dichotomous key to identify plants
  • Identification of plant families and species common to northern Arizona
  • Proper collection, documentation, and processing methods for plant collection in the field.
  • We may be contributing to the floristic inventory of a local site.
Class will include regular field trips to local destinations, and students should be prepared to hike up to approximately four miles at a steady pace across uneven terrain. Being in good physical condition is a necessary requirement.

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested and feel free to contact me with any questions.


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