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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for 2016

Please check out MG Projects List for 2016 for general info.
Weekly information will be posted on this page.


Milkweed for Monarchs Project
Hello fellow gardeners! Spring is here and our greenhouse is overflowing with milkweeds. As many of you know,
a small all-volunteer group formed the AZ Milkweeds for Monarchs project. Please check out our web site: www.azmilkweedsformonarchs.org.

For the second year, we are looking for some volunteers to test the suitability of growing 6-10 species of milkweeds at various locations in central and northern Arizona. We provide milkweed plants free of charge for gardeners willing to grow milkweeds and collect data on their performance
twice during the 2017 growing season. Go to our website for details and complete the application process. We expect to have plants at the appropriate planting time depending on your location

CMGA
Seed Stuffing for Grow Flagstaff
Seed Library
Coconino County Extension
April 27, 10am-2pm - every 4th  Thurs. starting in January.
Extension taking seeds for the library when open.

Deaver Herbarium
 Vera and Gisela will be out on the third floor of the Biology building at NAU.  The sessions will on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 130pm (April 6 and 20) at 130pm at the Deaver Herbarium. Come and
enjoy the company of people who enjoy botany!
Contact emails are: gkluwin2@gmail.com or vera.markgraf86@gmail.com

Picture Canyon in Honor of Arbor Day
April 29, 2017, 9am-12pm
Clean-up volunteering
Other workdays:
May 20, June 24, July 22, August 12
See blog for details

Olivia White Hospice Home Garden
March 30, 9am-12pm
Regular workdays are Mon./Thurs
from 9am-12pm
Orientation required - contact
Crys Wells for info - crys.wells@gmail.com

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