Coconino Master Gardener Association

A roadrunner in Cindy Murray's yard in timberline. You may want to encourage these birds in your yard as Cindy's said they like to eat tomato horn worm pupa.

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
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 2017

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

-Seed Library Workdays for 2018
 begin on Feb. 22, 10am-2pm
Coconino County Extension
- Need volunteers for the Flagstaff
Garden Tours  - Home & Garden Show
speakers  - Fall Into Gardening planning committee

Riordan Mansion Gardens  Contact for future work dates:
Debi Stalvey 928-699-3504

Deaver Herbarium
We will meet for bi-monthly sessions on the first and third Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30pm in the herbarium located in room 313 (third floor, south end) in the Biological Sciences Building #21
(South Beaver Street) on the NAU campus. Mountain line bus #10 stops directly in front of building.
Our first meeting will take place on Jan. 4, at 130pm - please mark your calendars now! Additional reminders may not be posted. 
All volunteers are welcome, no prior experience needed. If you like plants, good
company and the satisfaction of adding to scientific collections, this is for you!
For more information please contact organizers Vera Markgraf

Olivia White Hospice Home Garden
Contact for future work dates:

Master Gardener Plant Sale & Garden Festival
Saturday June 16, 2018
Fort Tuthill County Park 
We are currently in need of volunteers to serve on the planning committee.
Contact Judy Springer at or

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