Coconino Master Gardener Association

Swallowtail butterflies find Rocky Mountain penstemon to be nearly irresistible.

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
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!

Event Calendar

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

CMGA Monthly Meeting


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:30pm
Zoom Meeting

6:30-6:35pm   Welcome-Sue Madden, President    

6:35-6:40pm   Introduction of Speaker—Hattie Braun

6:40-7:45pm   Education: Cindy Murray “Getting to Know Our Pollinators”

7:45-8:25pm   Business Meeting:
                       
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
·         Updates on Meetings, Events, Seed Library, Garden Resources
·         Other
Summer CGMA Meetings – Sue Madden
·         August 13, 2020

Financial Report – Jeff Best

Next meeting:              August 13, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

MNA Tuesday Plant Talks

I thought Master Gardeners might be interested in the upcoming topics for the Tuesday plant talks that we record at noon from the Museum of Northern Arizona. These can be watched live or later on the MNA Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/musnaz/)
Stay safe,

Kristan Hutchison, Director of Marketing
Office phone: 928-774-5211, ext. 273 Cell/Text: 360-265-8357
See attached file for details or follow the classes on the calendar.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Plants for the People

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Hi Friends,
Next week is National Pollinator Week! We love pollinators, in fact, Molly studied pollination ecology in grad school. Have you been seeing the native bees coming out since it warmed up, they come in all shapes, sizes & colors? Did you know the Flagstaff area is home to 359 bee species??!! That is a lot of bee diversity, and studies have shown over and over that backyard gardens make a big difference for sustaining healthy pollinator communities. Sometimes it feels like we are powerless when it comes to environmental problems, but this is something YOU CAN DO! We wanted to share some information about pollinators and guidelines so that you can be sure your yard is awesome pollinator habitat!

OFFERINGS THIS WEEK
PERENNIALS. We are still taking orders for shrubs and perennials.
These are coming from our friends in New Mexico around the first week of July. You will be able to place orders until June 30.

SEEDS. Early experiments with our Mountain Prairie and Native Turf seed mixes show that you will get success if you want to seed now and lightly water everyday until establishment. Other options include seeding this fall or early spring. 

LANDSCAPE DESIGN. Jeff still has some availability for landscape design services. He just finished a design that increased wheelbarrow access to a backyard and increased privacy by using perennial food crops (we love stacking functions!). He is currently working on a design to increase flood protection for a house in Sunnyside - flood protection & perennial garden beds - YES! 
Find out more about his approach to ecologically-based design here
Feel free to share our website or this email with other native plant & pollinator lovers out there!

Happy Gardening,
Molly & Jeff





Friday, June 12, 2020

Advanced Northern Arizona Native Plant Class

What:  Northern AZ Native Plant Class
Coordinator:  Gayle Graytop
When: July 22-August 19, 530pm - 730pm weekly
Where:  Zoom
Cost:  $50-100, registration required.
See link below for details.

Link

Monday, June 8, 2020

CMGA Meeting Agenda


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:30pm
Zoom Meeting

6:30-6:35pm   Welcome-Sue Madden, President    

6:35-6:40pm   Introduction of Speaker—Hattie Braun

6:40-7:45pm   Education: Jim Mast Growing Tomatoes

7:45-8:25pm   Business Meeting:
                       
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
·         Updates on Meetings, Events, Seed Library, Garden Resources
·         Other
Summer CGMA Meetings – Sue Madden
·         July 9, 2020
·         August 13, 2020
Summer Events Update
·         Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens - Loni Shapiro/Sue Madden

Financial Report – Jeff Best

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance

From Bill McDorman
Like so many, we at Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance are deeply devastated by the current and historical treatment of our sisters and brothers in humanity. While we are in the midst of our spring campaign, we would like to take a pause and acknowledge the deep-seeded impacts of racism. Together, we must stand and combat the racial inequalities pervading this country for far too long.
Compounded by the pandemic, the “struggle to breathe” is hitting black communities and all communities of color the hardest. In lieu of an appeal for donations to our work at this time, we ask that you consider giving to the efforts of others to assist people impacted by racism, racial trauma, and/or those being gravely affected by COVID-19.
Please take part in this critical moment in history by becoming more informed and involved. Join your voices with those who are long overdue to be heard and supported. Here are some websites where you can donate or learn more:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Local Weeds Weekly YouTube from Extension

We have a new program that we will do weekly: highlighting a weedy plant. You will find it on our YouTube channel. If you would like to star in one of these videos, if you have a weed patch that you would love to see on YouTube, or if you have a weedy suggestion, just let me know.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM7dZgyQPh_No0_yzPKkQHQ
Hattie
               
Hattie Braun
County Director
Assistant in Extension
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Friday, May 22, 2020

Photos from Jeff Best

From Jeff Best's yard in Flagstaff:

 Junko nest in Red Hot Poker in April 2020
 Rain chain in recent storm in May 2020
 Honeysuckle in morning light  in May 2020


The eggs hatched 2 weeks ago.  We had chicks for a few days.  Then mother probably took chicks from nest.



   

Monday, May 11, 2020

CMGA May Meeting


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:30pm
Zoom Meeting

6:30-6:35pm   Welcome-Sue Madden, President    

6:35-6:40pm   Introduction of Speaker—Hattie Braun

6:40-7:45pm   Education: Companion Planting-- Julie Lancaster

7:45-8:25pm   Business Meeting:
                       
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
·         Updates on Meetings, Events, Seed Library, Garden Resources
·         Other
Summer CGMA Meetings – Sue Madden
·         June 11, 2020
·         July 9, 2020
·         August 13, 2020
Summer Events Update
·         Garden Sale - Kari Usher/Liz George
·         Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens - Loni Shapiro/Sue Madden

Financial Report – Jeff Best

Next meeting:              June 11, 2020