Coconino Master Gardener
Coconino County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers provide free science-based horticulture information to our community. This includes information on plant selection, insects, plant diseases, planting, pruning, irrigating, fertilizing, and more. Contact: Hattie Braun
Master Gardener Training
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide educational information to Cooperative Extension clientele.
To become a Master Gardener in Coconino County you must complete the formal Master Gardener training in Coconino County, and then complete 50 volunteer hours within 13 months to become certified. After that there is an annual requirement of 12 volunteer hours and 6 continuing education hours to remain certified.
The 16 week training course, delivered by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension faculty and specialists, is held each year (late January to mid-May) with half day sessions once a week.
The course content includes current science-based information on such topics as: basic botany, soils, fruit tree care, planting, staking, pruning, ornamental trees and shrubs, water/irrigation, wildlife in the garden, insects, integrated pest management, vegetables, plant diseases, pesticide safety, and weed management.
Applications are available in November of the previous year. Applicants should be residents of Coconino County for at least one year, want to learn more about high elevation gardening, enjoy meeting others with similar gardening interests, enjoy sharing knowledge with others in your community, and have time to meet the volunteer and continuing education requirements. To obtain an application you may contact the Extension Office to be put on the class interest list. Currently, the course is first come, first serve.
The course fee is a cost recovery fee, and is dependent on the projected costs of materials, and other costs and may vary year to year. We will offer three options to take the Master Gardener course in 2021 class: online with volunteer commitment, online without volunteer commitment, and as a hybrid class that will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays noon-1:30.
The primary focus of the volunteer work is providing science-based horticultural information to the community. Some examples of volunteer work are:
- staffing horticulture help lines in the Cooperative Extension offices
- giving talks, demonstrations, etc. to groups
- sharing horticulture information at festivals, farmers' markets, etc.
- assisting students in school gardening projects or with wildlife habitats
- providing horticultural advice to individuals, groups, and establishments
- assisting local non-profits with horticulture educational activities.
For more information or to be placed on the interest email list for the 2021 class, please contact Hattie Braun.