Coconino Master Gardener Association

Currently, warblers of several species are migrating through Flagstaff towards Canada and beyond. The Yellow Warblers, like this little guy are often an exception. They frequently choose to remain in Flagstaff throughout the summer. All of the warblers are busily searching the innermost branches of shrubs and trees for insects.
Photo by Cindy Murray.

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!

Event Calendar

Thursday, November 8, 2018

CMGA Monthly Meeting Agenda

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speakers—Hattie Braun
6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Nigel Sparks, Landscaping        
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander   
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
  • Fall into Gardening Conference report
  • Plant Sale in June 2019
  • MGA class coming up in January 2019
    Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Continuing Education - Gilli Thomas would welcome suggestions for presenters.
  • November 8 Nigel Sparks – Landscaping
  • December 13 Christmas Party
  • January 10, 2019—Recipients of 2018 Grants/Reports/Laura Davis and Susan Lamb have confirmed their presentation so far.
  • February 14, 2019—TBD
  • March 14, 2019—Steve McElvey/State Forestry Specialist
  • April 11, 2019—Kim Costian/Vegetables—not Tomatoes
  • May 9, 2019—Robin/Violas/Annuals
  • June 13, 2019—TBD
  • July 11, 2019—TBD
  • August 8, 2019—TBD
  • September—TBD/Picnic and Recognition of New Master Gardeners
  • October 10, 2019—TBD
  • November 14, 2019—TBD
  • December 12, 2019—Christmas Party
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers
Roster of new officers to consider for 2019 – Crys Wells
Social Chair – Liz George
MG Projects – Jackie Alston.  The Grant application process for 2019 will begin with a February 15, 2019 deadline for applications to be accepted.  The Grants will be reviewed at the March or April Executive Committee Meeting.
Seed Library – Jackie Alston
Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro
Historian—Tammy Valdovino
Fundraising Chair—Open
8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    December13—Christmas Party and Potluck

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