Coconino Master Gardener Association

Colorado Blue Spruce in winter
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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Call for Garden Grant Applications

The Coconino County Master Gardener Association is currently accepting applications for the 2020 gardening season. Submit your application by
           March 15th, 2020

Application forms can be found HERE
Or contact Jackee Alston @ or (928) 814-2280 to have an electronic copy sent to you.

Qualifying projects are required to:
1.         Fill a need or give value to a community in Coconino County.

2.        Have an educational component and have it specifically named

in the application.

Notification of funding will be announced early March
and checks mailed shortly after.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Southwest Agroforestry Challenges and Best Practice Solutions

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2nd Annual SWAAN Conference
Southwest Agroforestry Challenges and 
Best Practice Solutions
March 17 – 19, 2020, Tucson, AZ
Agenda and registration at
REGISTER BY March 6, 2020
OUR MISSION: The Southwest Agroforestry Action Network (SWAAN) helps people integrate trees, crops, and animals to regenerate landscapes in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah
Tuesday, March 17, Presentations, University of Arizona
One-day fee $40, includes lunch, agenda at
·      Sustainable Food Systems in the US Southwest 
·      The National Agroforestry Center, an Information Resource 
·      Opportunities for NRCS Financial and Technical Assistance to Support Agroforestry 
·      Developing and Sustaining a Family Farm in Southern Arizona 
·      Best Practice Solutions for Increasing the Success of Agroforestry in the Southwest
·      Best Practices for Providing Sustainable Water Supplies to Urban Trees 
·      Mission Garden: Tucson's Agricultural Origins 
·      High Desert Food Forests 
·      Resources for Growing Edible Trees in Agroforestry Systems in Arizona 
·      Arizona Forestry Department’s Resources Available to Help Support Trees in Arizona
Wednesday, March 18, Fieldtrips
One-day fee $40, includes lunch, agenda at
·     Mission Garden, Tucson 
·     Dunbar-Spring Neighborhood Tree Planting project, Tucson 
·     Harris Heritage Growers, Sonoita
Thursday, March 19, Annual SWAAN Business Meeting

Plant Sale & Garden Festival Vendor Application

2020 Coconino Master Gardener Assoc. Plant Sale & Garden Festival


Saturday, June 13, 2020
8 am – 12 pm (setup begins at 6 am)
Fort Tuthill County Park
2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, AZ 86005

The University of Arizona/Coconino Co. Extension Office Master Gardener Association (CMGA) is pleased to announce the third annual Master Gardener plant sale and garden festival. We are seeking growers, vendors and those in the gardening and landscaping industry to provide plants, garden-related items, and information on your business to local farmers and gardening enthusiasts.

Free parking, loading, and admission. Tables will not be provided. Shade is also not available so please provide your own EZ-up or umbrella. You will also be responsible for your own sales so cash is encouraged. Sale opens at 8 am for vendors and CMGA members only. General admission begins at 9 am. For more information, please contact Judy Springer at, 928-699-1027.

Setup must be completed between 6-8 am.
Deadline to apply for space: June 1, 2020

Business/Applicant Name _____________________________________________________________
Mailing Address______________________________________________________________________________
Phone (_____)______________________________Email___________________________________________

Please describe what you plan to sell or the type of business you manage or own: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Booth Fees (please check one):
 ________Individual vendor or business - $35 for a booth space (proceeds benefit CMGA programs and community garden grants).

_________Non-profit vendor or CMGA member – $25 for a booth space (proceeds benefit CMGA programs and community garden grants).

_________Annual CMGA membership ($10/yr.)

_________Optional donation to CMGA

Please return application and booth or CMGA membership fees to:
Coconino Master Garden Association
PO Box 3923
Flagstaff, AZ 86003-3923

Please make checks payable to: CMGA or Coconino Master Gardener Association

If you want a copy of this application print HERE

Monday, February 10, 2020

CMGA Meeting Agenda Feb. 2020

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, February 13 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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

6:35-6:40pm       Introduction of Speakers—Sue Madden

6:40-7:45pm       Education: The Tool Guys *Jeff and Geoff – Jeff Best and Geoff Wood                 
(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:
                                2019 President’s Report – Sue Madden
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
§  Spring Master Gardener Class
§  Beginning Gardener Classes for 2020
§  On-Line Master Gardener Class
§  Designated Campus Colleague Status (DCC)
§  Earth Day 4/25/2020
Summer Plant Sale/Festival June 13 – Kari Usher/Liz George
Art-Full Summer Garden Tour July 25- Loni Shapiro/Sherline Alexander
                Colleen Tucker (928) 853-0315 or Jennifer Quarterman (720) 560-7575
Financial Report—Jeff Best, Treasurer will report
Committee Progress Reports:
Continuing Education –
·         March 12, 2020 – Education Brainstorming & On-line Class – Gail Gratop
·         April 9, 2020 – Climate Change/Recycling – Dylan Lenzen
We still need a volunteer (s) to introduce and coordinate with our speakers.
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
Social Chair – Liz George— Please Sign-up for Meeting Snacks
2020 Garden Grants – Jackee Alston
Seed Library – Jackie Alston/Cindy Murray
Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro
Historian—Tammy Valdovino
Fundraising Chair—Sherline Alexander.

8:25-8:30              Gardening Questions? 

Next meeting:  March, 12, 2020