Coconino Master Gardener Association

2nd Annual Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens
Home of Debi and Noah Stalvey. One of seven gardens toured on July 23, 2016. Sponsored by the CMGA and Viola's Flower Garden.
Photo by Loni Shapiro
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, located at 1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, 86001. 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 Etcetera

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!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

KSB Silent Auction

KSB Annual Fundraiser
Star Gazers & Raisers
Building KSB's Endowment
Silent Auction Items
Have you seen all the fabulous restaurant gift certificates in our silent auction?     

  • L'Auberge
  • Rene Restaurant
  • Lisa Dahl restaurants
  • Tii Gavo (Enchantment)
  • Elote
  • Grill at Shadow Rock (Hilton)
  • Heartline CafĂ©
  • El Rincon
  • Sound Bites
  • The Turquoise Room (La Posada)
  • Picazzo'sRene Restaurant at Tlaquepaque
  • The Hudson
  • Harry's Hideaway
  • Golden Goose

Online bidding starts on November 3 
for over 100 silent auction items.

To see all our Dining, Food and Wine items, click Here 

The Turquoise Room Register to Bid

In order to participate in the online silent auction, you first need to register as a bidder by calling KSB at 928-282-4938. 

Credit Card Information

You will be asked for your name, email address, phone number, and 
credit card information.
This information will be entered into our online bidding web site, securely administered by the online auction software company Greater Giving.  

Your credit card information will be encrypted and secured, but is required prior to bidding.
You will then be given a bidder number.
To read more about online bidding, 

Attending the Silent Auction
All items that have not yet been sold "Buy it Now" will be open for additional bidding at our KSB Auction to be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday November 13 at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock.

You will want to attend this exciting silent auction, 
so please reserve Here

Saturday, October 15, 2016

MNA - Living Room Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 19 | 6-8 pm 
Secrets in the Soil: Volcanic Landscapes of Northern Arizona

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE $10 per person

Join the Museum's geoarchaeologist Dr. Kirk Anderson for a fascinating discussion of northern Arizona's volcanic landscapes. How have they changed? How did pre-contact people adapt their activities to differently aged volcanoes? How old is SP Crater? What are the secrets in the soil that connect all of these disparate questions together? 

RSVP required. 
Call 928.774.5211, ext. 219, or email

Monday, October 10, 2016

CMGA Monthly Meeting Agenda

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, October 13– 6:30pm
Flagstaff Aquaplex
1702 N Fourth St.   NOTE CHANGE

6:30pm – 6:40pm    Welcome – Jim Mast
  *     Christmas Party (December 15)
6:40pm – 6:45pm     Introduction of Speaker – Loni Shapiro
6:55pm – 7:55pm    Education:  Inviting Beneficial Critters to the Garden and Landscape – Jackee Alston
7:55pm– 8:10pm    15 minute break:  we get to have refreshments!!
8:10pm - 8:25pm    Business Meeting – Jim Mast
  *   Nominations – Crys Wells
  *   Financial report – Sue Madden
  *   Committee Reports:
         *   Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
         *   Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
              *   CalendarFor sale now, need help with distribution
              *   Fall Garden Clean up update
       *   Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
              *   Suggestions for meeting topics
       *   MG Projects – Jackee Alston
       *   Historian – Tammy Valdovino
       *   Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm    Gardening Questions?          
Next meeting:  November 10:  Creating a Rain Garden – Amy Caldwell

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Great American Seed Up



The Great American Seed Up
October 29, 2016

Download the Oct ’16 Seed List -> october-2016-seed-up-list

2 Sessions 8:30 to 11:30 or 1:30 to 4:30Held at Uptown Farmers Market &North Phoenix Baptist Church 5757 N Central, 85012

Purchase Your Tickets Now. First 400 attendees will receive a copy of Bill McDorman’s Basic Seed Saving (Picked up day of the event, while supplies last.

Local seed saving festival will center on seed diversity and education
After the phenomenal success of our first two Great American Seed Up events – farmers and gardeners across the Southwest will have another unique opportunity to collect, preserve and learn about local seeds once again. On October 29, 2016 the Great American Seed-Up will take place in Phoenix, Arizona at Uptown Farmer’s Market which is held at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Here is how it works.
  1. Purchase a ticket ($7.50, first 400 includes a hard copy of Basic Seed Saving, picked up the day of the event)
  2. Attend the event, take classes
  3. Scoop your seeds!!!
Imagine walking into a room filled with over 60 varieties of seeds ready to literally be scooped up and taken home for planting or saving. This is exactly what the Great American Seed-Up is all about. “The idea is to give valley residents and opportunity to learn about seed saving, and then to harvest as many pounds or ounces of seed to take home,” says Greg Peterson, Urban Farm Founder and local seed saver. We are partnering with the Uptown Phoenix Farmers Market and holding the event at North Phoenix Baptist Church at 5757 N Central Ave, Phx 85012. The event features a seed bazaar with bulk quantities of popular vegetable seed varieties available for purchase at bulk discounts. Attendees are encouraged to buy and share the seeds with their neighborhood and community groups to spur local gardening and seed saving efforts. “We’re trying to get seeds in the hands of the people,” says Seed-Up co-organizer Bill McDorman of “The more seed diversity we have growing in our neighborhood gardens and backyard plots, the more resilient we’ll be as a community.  These seeds are the best varieties we can find in bulk to help you start your seed saving adventure.” Also featured at the Seed-Up will be presentations and workshops with seed experts to spread knowledge about traditional and modern seed saving practices. Discussion topics will include: how to save and store seeds, planting and starting seeds, how to start a seed library, how to properly store your new seeds and how to grow a garden using your new seeds.  Full details and a line-up of speakers will be available as the event approaches. The Great American Seed-Up is presented by, The Urban Farm, the Micro Farm Project, and Grow PHX.

Seed - The Untold Story

Seed and Gardening Friends,

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Sedona showing of SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY last night. What a stunning masterpiece! I couldn't think of a way John and Taggart could make the film better. It was informative, entertaining, and gorgeous. And what a timely topic! If ever you've been wanting to know more about the loss of genetic diversity on the planet, the impacts of seed extinction, how rare seeds are discovered all over the world, or what GMO really means, this is the movie for you. It's told with truth all while maintaining an optimistic outlook for the future.

We have a chance to view it here in Flagstaff at Harkins if we can get about 40 more people to order advanced tickets. There are only four days left to do so! You can order them here: 

View the movie trailer here for a teaser:

I'll be at the event, should we get enough people, with information about our own seed library and a list of seeds available at our location. I can also answer any questions you might have after the showing. 

Lastly and not unrelated, please, Please, PLEASE bring the seeds from your end-of-season harvest back to the seed library. So far I've only had one person return a few seeds. It's important that we do this both to keep the library going but also for the preservation of our local diversity.

Happy Friday,
Jackee Alston

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Viola's Flower Garden

Viola's Flower Garden re-opened for business today (Oct. 1) in their new location on 89A (former site for Jackson's Grill). They are selling pumpkins and gourds now while getting settled in. They will have Christmas trees in late Nov. - early Dec.. The nursery will be stocked in the spring. The building on the property will be used for events/weddings and as a back-up for nursery events if it rains/snows. Stop by to support one of our local nurseries, see the new site, and visit with Robin and Art.

Loni Shapiro

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Master Gardeners

Congratulations to our newest Master Gardeners!

Joan Degenkolb (2016)
Pam Chaney (2016)
Lynn Schiek (2016)
Pam Baker (2016)
Jacquelyn Gabert (2015)
Jessica Delmar (2015)
Michael Finney (2015)
Amy Caldwell (2014)
Lawrence Yazzie (2013)
Judy Springer

 Thank you for all your hard work! Hattie

 Hattie Braun
County Director/Horticulture, Coconino County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Phone: 928-774-1868 x 170

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CMGA Fall Yard Clean-up Raffle

Yeah! We have winners for the clean-up - Susan Thompson and Sue Holiday.  The alternate winners  of sping bulbs are Janis Lipton, PJ Wiebe and Monet Martin. $975 was raised with the raffle, with expenses of $144, netting $831 to add to our funds for next years master gardener projects. Sherline Alexander is looking for volunteers to help with the clean-up in October. Contact her ( if you want to help.

Ticket will be available for our 3rd Annual Yard Clean-up  Raffle at our next monthly meeting on 8/11, 630pm.  It is at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco). There will be a table at Warner’s Nursery each Saturday for selling tickets August 13, 20, 27 and September 3 from 10am-2pm.  Tickets will also be available at the extension office, call 928-774-1868 ext.190.   The drawing will be September 10th  at our Master Gardener Appreciation meeting.

Susan Thompson and Gilli Thomas are co-chairing the event this year.  They can be contacted at;
Susan Thompson, fall cleanup co-chair
928-606-1799 (accept text)

Gillian Thomas, fall cleanup co-chair

Follow this LINK for details and cost on our flyer. Watch this space for more details on where to purchase raffle tickets.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Annual Master Gardener Recognition Picnic

Please join us for the 9th Annual

Master Gardener Recognition Picnic
Sunday, Sept. 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
at Fort Tuthill, Navajo Ramada

All newly certified Master Gardeners will be recognized!

The Master Gardener Program will provide tableware, meat and veggies to grill and drinks. Please bring a dessert (last name A-G), side (H-Q), or salad (R-Z), preferably something from your garden. There will be lots of food so if you managed to use up all your zucchini by then or ran out of time to cook ‘cause you were working in your garden, please come regardless!
Everyone is invited! This includes all certified MGs, MGs still working on hours, MG class participants, family members and friends.

Please RSVP to Hattie at 774-1868 ext. 170 or by e-mail to with the number attending by Sept. 22.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Flagstaff Native Plant Society Meetings & Walks

Monthly walks are usually on the 4th Sunday of each month and are announced via e-mail and in the newspaper. Unless otherwise announced, meet at the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, southwest corner of Beaver and Butler at 8:30 a.m.

Come prepared with sun protection and/or rain protection, water, snacks, lunch, and a car or gas money for carpooling. For more information, email Barbara Phillips or call her at 928.853. 3355.

Tuesday, September 20The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico
Ron Coleman, Author and Orchid Researcher, will present his talk “The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico,” which is based on his 2002 book of the same name. Ron will discuss the orchid species that grow wild in Arizona and New Mexico,
covering blooming season, habitat, and distribution. Within the United States, several of these orchids are found only in Arizona and New Mexico.
Walk: To be determined.

Ron is a student of the native orchids of the United States, specializing in the wild orchids of the Southwest. He is the author of over 40 orchid articles that have appeared in the Orchids, The Orchid Digest, Fremontia, Selbyana, and Madrano. Two wild orchid species are named after him, and he has described two new taxa. Ron is the author of The Wild Orchids of California, published in 1995 and The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico, published in 2002. He co-authored the orchid treatment in Arizona Rare Plant Field Guide prepared by the Arizona Rare Plant Committee, and was co-author of two orchid genus treatments in the Flora of North America, Vol 2, published in 2002. Ron wrote major portions of the orchid treatment for the new Jepson Manual Flora of California published in 2012.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Roses in Flagstaff/Olivia White Home Hospice Garden

Roses in Flagstaff
The Olivia White Hospice Rose Garden
by Carol Chicci

Nestled around the gracious wooden gazebo of the Olivia White Hospice Home is the rose garden. Forty-five varieties and 70 rose bushes total bloom among perennials and small trees. The garden was developed by master gardeners, NAU, and members of the community in 2003. Many roses were donated from grateful families. It is cared for by master gardeners, and is one of a half-dozen public gardens in Flagstaff.
The following is a chart of the roses in the hospice garden and their primary characteristics. When buying a rose be sure it is cold hardy to 5 and that it is disease resistant—check the tag on the rose and websites of that rose. Enjoy these roses and your own in Flagstaff!  LINK
Carol Chicci is a master gardener with the Coconino Master Gardener Association. She cares for the roses in the OWH rose garden. She is a member of the Denver Rose Society and the American Rose Society.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunday Wild Edible Plant Walk

From left to right, Melissa Amberson, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Grayson, Pat Forester,
Katarina Karjala, Christine Orr, Sheila Murray, and Amy Caldwell
On Sunday, Sheila Murray, who is a research botanist from the Arboretum let a walk from Willow Bend to the Rio de Flag to review wild edible natives in the Flagstaff area. This was a follow-up to last weeks CMGA talk on the topic. We found many plants on our short walk. A variety of sumac, pines, cheeseweed, lamb's quarters, amaranth, dandelion, purslane, wax current, juniper, Oregon grape, curley dock, roses, oaks, monarda, to name a few that have edible properties.  It was amazing to see how many wild and native plants are in a place so close to downtown Flagstaff. We didn't have time but a walk around Willow Bend's building is also fun. If you do a walk be sure you watch for poison ivy - we saw many large plants.

Here are a couple of resources mentioned on the walk. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore (I bought my copy at the Arboretum but I think MNA also has it.) Laura Davis has also established a Michael Moore Native Medicinal garden at the gardens at Olivia White Hospice. It runs along Switzer just past the corner at Turquoise. Many plants are marked. It is done in sections depending on regions. You should see this before it is moved. The city is putting in a circle next year and most of the garden will have to be moved to NAU near the forestry building,  Sheila also mentioned a new book from John Slattery

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekly Ranger Programs, Walks and Talks

Ranger Walks & Talks Calendar

September 1-5, 2016
NPS/USFS Roving Rangers
Thursday, September 1st
· Guided Nature Walk in Beautiful Bonito Meadow, Thursday, September 1 0-11:30am. Bonito Meadow Walk. Come discover Bonito Meadow on an easy 2 mile, off-trail ramble. This hike is approximately 1.5 hours and takes place off-trail through uneven and brushy terrain. It’recommended to wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Head North on Hwy 89 and turn right onto the Sunset Crater Road. Drive 0.8 miles and meet at the gravel parking lot on the right side of road.  
Friday, September 2nd
· Evening Program at Bonito Campground, Friday, September 2 7:30pm-8:15pm. Grand Tours. Come discover the Grand Circle! Join a ranger to hear about the National Park Service sites of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Undoubtedly you get some great ideas for your own adventure! Meet ranger Floy Healer at the campground amphitheater to learn more. 
Saturday, September 3rd
· Guided Hike to Walnut Canyon Overlook via the AZT: Hidden Gem, Saturday, September 3. 8:30-11:30am. Join USFS interpretive rangers Steve and Lois Hirst for an informative 5-mile walk to Walnut Canyon overlook along the Arizona Horse Bypass Trail. Crosses a deep Walnut Canyon tributary to yield a variety of plants and wildflowers. Hear about Walnut Canyon’s long and continuing significance for life around the Peaks. Meet at the Arizona Trailhead parking lot. Take I-40 east from Flagstaff to Walnut Canyon NM turnoff. Follow Walnut Canyon entrance road to FR 303 (before the monument entrance) and turn right. Parking area is about two miles down the dirt road. Difficulty: moderate.· Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, September 3 3-3:45 pm. Seldom Seen. Join a ranger for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and uncover the mysterious things that are difficult to see and often overlooked. No dogs please. Meet at the Amphitheater. 
· Evening Program at Bonito Campground, Saturday, September 3
7:30-8:15pm. Hug-A-Tree and Survive! This fun program teaches children from ages 7-12 how to survive in the woods and mountains should they become lost. Bob Pauls, who coordinates the Preventative Search and Rescue (SAR) program at the Humphreys Peak trail, and serves on the Coconino County SAR team, will be presenting. Meet at the campground amphitheater. 
· Evening Program at Pine Grove Campground, Saturday 3
7:30-8:15pm. Volcanoes of North America. Come listen in to a tale about the fiery effects of volcanoes in northern Arizona and beyond. Pictures of awe-inspiring eruptions and the stories of one man’s traveling adventures will inspire you to embark on your own bold wanderings! Program conducted by volunteer park ranger Eric Zeliff.      
Sunday, September 4th
· Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground, Sunday, September 4 3-3:45pm. A fun 45-minute (1/3 mile stroll) family nature walk along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail with Ranger Richard McGaugh. No dogs please. Meet at the Amphitheater. 
· Evening Program at Bonito Campground, Sunday, September 4
7:30-8:15pm. Volcanoes of North America. Come listen in to a tale about the fiery effects of volcanoes in northern Arizona and beyond. Pictures of awe-inspiring eruptions and the stories of one man’s traveling adventures will inspire you to embark on your own bold wanderings! Program conducted by volunteer park ranger Eric Zeliff.
Monday, September 5th
· Guided Nature Walk at the Lomaki Pueblo, Monday, September 5 10:00-11:00am. Ancient Peoples. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney, on an easy mile round-trip walk to explore an ancient pueblo built along a small canyon. Meet at the trailhead for Lomaki Box Canyon Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument. Drive north on H-89 and take the Sunset Crater Loop Road (Forest Service Rd. 545). This road can be accessed near milepost 430 & milepost 444. Park entrance fees apply. · Guided Bird Watching Walk at Walnut Canyon National Monument, Monday, September 5 10-11am. Bird walk. Explore how birds make a living where pine forest and rocky cliff habitaeet along the canyon rim with ranger Zack Zdinak. Meet at the Walnut Canyon visitor center for an easy 3/4 mile stroll along the canyon rim. Bring your binoculars if you have them. Park entrance fee applies.
Arizona Snowbowl
· Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5th
10:00 am-4:00 pm. Ranger Talks with the Roving Rangers atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride. The grandest view in the   Southwest at 11,500 feet elevation. Arizona Snowbowl Chairlift fees apply. For more information call 928-779-1951 or visit:
 These informative programs are presented through a partnership between the National Park Service (Flagstaff Area National Monuments) and the United States Forest Service (Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest).
Cancelled in the event of rain, lightning, fire, snow, or high wind

Zackery Zdinak
Interpretive Ranger
Coconino National Forest
Phone: 928-527-8290
5075 N. Hwy 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004


Saturday, August 13, 2016

CMGA Garden Tours

The second garden tour for the summer was at Susan Lamb and Tom Bean. It was a perfect day to visit their natural/native gardens. We had more than 35 people even though it is outside of town on Lake Mary Road. Susan provided a handout summary of her garden (I will add an attachment later), gave us a tour, had some demonstration grasses in vases for us to learn, and fed us.

These garden visits provide an educational opportunity that often gives you  ideas for your own garden. You can also get educational credit to maintain your status as a master gardener. If you are showing your own garden you also get volunteer credits.

There are two more opportunities this August to visit gardens:

Saturday August, 20, at 10am
Visit the gardens of Riordan Mansion. This has been a master gardener project for several years. Debi Stalvey and Gilli Thomas head up the project this year.
Directions: 409 W. Riordan Road. Take Milton Road  south from downtown and left at Riordan Road. It is on the right.
If you want to take the house tour after, reservations are suggested for a Saturday. There is a fee for the tour.

Saturday, August 27th, at 10am 
We will tour the Doney Park garden of Loren and Joyce Cunningham.
The Cunningham's are pleased to invite you for a tour of their garden at 8775 Leah Lane.  To get to our house, take 89A north past the mall to Silver Saddle.  Turn right on Silver Saddle, go down about ¾ a mile, turn right again onto Leah Lane, and 8775 is the fourth house on your left.  It’s a white house with green trim.
Their mature garden features many native as well as non-native species.  There is a water feature, greenhouses, a vegetable garden in raised beds, and more recently-planted, a mini apple orchard with an evergreen buffer.

Come join us!
Loni Shapiro (

Monday, August 8, 2016

CMGA Monthly Meeting 8/11

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, August 11 – 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Jim Mast
       Fall cleanup ticket sales
       Officer nominations/volunteers needed for next year
       March 28, 2017 Master Gardener Conference in Clarkdale
6:40pm – 6:50pm             Coconino County Fair – Carol Burris
6:50pm – 6:55pm             Introduction of Speakers – Loni Shapiro
6:55pm – 7:55pm             Education:  Edible Local Native Plants – Sheila Murray
7:55pm– 8:15pm 15 minute break
8:15pm - 8:25pm              Business Meeting – Jim Mast
       Discuss display in the floriculture building at the fair
Financial report – Sue Madden
Committee Reports:
       Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
       Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
              Garden Tour wrap up
              Calendar (Tammy Valdovino)
              Fall Garden Clean up
       Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
       MG Projects – Jackee Alston
       Historian – Tammy Valdovino
8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions? 
Next meeting:                  September 10 (Saturday) – CMGA recognition picnic

Thursday, August 4, 2016

AZ Native Plant Society - Prescott

Arizona Native Plant Society
Chapter meetings and evening programs are held the 2nd Thursday in March, April, May, September, October, and November at 6:30 p.m. at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Rd, Prescott AZ. (928-776-9550), unless otherwise noted.

Glassford Hill Field Trip:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 7:30 AM
Glassford Hill Summit Trail
Prescott Valley, AZ

We will explore the new Glassford Hill Summit trail in Prescott Valley. This wide 2- mile switchback trail ascends about 1000 feet in elevation to the summit. We’re not sure what to expect, but with all the nice monsoon rains we've been getting, there should be some nice grasses and forbs blooming. Please contact Sue Arnold at or 928-910-9507 to participate. Meet at 7:30 AM in the Sam’s Club parking lot near Carl’s Jr and Chipotle. We will carpool the short distance to the trailhead. Bring water and snacks for the morning. We should be done by noon.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Flagstaff Chapter: Native Plant Society

AUGUST Meeting
Speaker: Nigel Sparks
Talk Date: August 16, 2016
Talk Time: 7 p.m.
Talk Title: Native Plant Propagation Techniques

 Description: The use of native plants for landscaping is beneficial to pollinators and birds. Native plants are used to the extremes in environment here in Northern Arizona and use less fertilizers and water to grow.  Nigel will explain how to propagate native plants from both seed and cuttings. He will also explain how to choose a plant that will survive in different types of soils and microenvironments found in the area around Flagstaff. 

Speaker Bio: Nigel Sparks is the owner of Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed here in Flagstaff. He has extensive experience in propagation and landscaping with native plants.

Talks are now at the Pearson Building on the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Research Campus, across from the main campus off HWY 180.

Walk Date: 8:30 am, Saturday20, 2016
Walk Leader: Susan Lamb
Destination: Walk to Skunk Canyon, Walnut Canyon Study Area, Coconino National Forest

Walk Description: On our walk of about three miles round-trip to Skunk Canyon, we will see plant communities in a number of microclimates created by different soils and solar aspects. We will walk on unimproved trails and disused Forest Service roads, so be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and for short stretches up- and downhill. 

Logistics: Our walk will begin on private land just off Lake Mary Road. Meet to carpool or to follow the lead car at 8:30 am on Saturday, August 20, at the OneAZ Credit Union, 321 South Beaver (corner of Beaver and Butler). Be prepared for warm and/or rainy weather with sun protection and water. Trail snacks recommended.

 Writer/naturalist Susan Lamb keeps an almanac of over 200 plants that flower along the route of our walk.

2nd AnnualFlagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens

Home of Haring and Gurdarshan Khalsa in the County Club Area

On Saturday, July 23rd, the 2nd Annual Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens was held. It was a great success again this year, thanks to the co-chairs (Colleen Tucker and Jennifer Quartermain) and the many master gardener volunteers (Molly Larsen, Carol and Vic Hudenco, Martha Davis, Patricia Foster, Diane Flook, Andrea and Galen Guerette, Ann Beck, Amy Caldwell, April Smith, Cindy Krznarich, Colleen Barnhart, Crys Wells, Darrin Palean, Deb and Tom James, Hattie Braun, Gillian Thomas, Joe Fritgler, JoAnn Alarcon, Kari Usher, Kay Balzer, Linda Guarino, Sue Madden, Susan Thompon, Valerie Watson).
Seven beautiful gardens were open to the public on a sunny warm day (Debi and Noah Stalvey, Christia and Joe Fresquez, Jann and Patrick Shiels, Olivia White Hospice Home Garden, Haring and Gurdarshan Kalsa, Sherline Alexander and Gary Pisaro, Sunny and David Evans).

One of several vegetable raised beds at the home of Sherline Alexander and Gary Pisaro in the Country Club Area

This was our 2nd annual fundraiser and we were able to raise enough funds to be able to again provide garden grants for 2017.
Thanks to all who volunteered to host this inspiring fundraiser (gardens and volunteers)!

Loni Shapiro

Sunday, July 31, 2016

CMGA Summer Garden Tours Resume

Summer garden tours resume - more to come!
I am filling in for Debi Stalvey who is having a busy summer. I will host the tours on the 13th and 27th and Cindy Krznarich will hot the 20th Watch this space for updates.
Saturday August 13, at 10am.
Visit the garden of Susan Lamb and Tom Bean
4680 Lake Mary Road
Native plants surround this home and blend into the forest, offering varied habitats to insect pollinators, lizards, and birds. Columbines, monarda, and aspens favor the sheltered north side, while penstemons and Flagstaff senecio thrive on the sunny south.
Directions: Please do not rely on your GPS. From Beulah Boulevard, drive east on Lake Mary Road for 3.5 miles. Where the road reaches the bottom of a small valley, turn left onto the unmarked road by four mailboxes. About 1/2 mile past the gate, take the driveway marked “Bean—Rabbit Hill.”

Saturday August, 20, at 10am
Visit the gardens of Riordan Mansion. This has been a master gardener project for several years. Debi Stalvey and Gili Thomas head up the project this year.
Directions: 409 W. Riordan Road. Take Milton Road  south from downtown and turn right at Riordan Road. It is on the right.
If you want to take the house tour after, reservations are suggested for a Saturday. There is a fee for the tour.

Saturday, August 27th, at 10am 
We will tour the Doney Park garden of Loren and Joyce Cunningham.
The Cunningham's are pleased to invite you for a tour of their garden at 8775 Leah Lane.  To get to our house, take 89A north past the mall to Silver Saddle.  Turn right on Silver Saddle, go down about ¾ a mile, turn right again onto Leah Lane, and 8775 is the fourth house on your left.  It’s a white house with green trim.
Their mature garden features many native as well as non-native species.  There is a water feature, greenhouses, a vegetable garden in raised beds, and more recently-planted, a mini apple orchard with an evergreen buffer. 
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

AZ Native Plant Society

Chiricahua Mountain Field Trip and Workshop

Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Arizona,

August 13th-15th.

Arizona Native Plant Society
The Cochise and Tucson Chapters
will once again sponsor a weekend trip
and workshop to the
Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Cochise County on
August 13-15, 2016

These richly diverse mountains are one the northern-most islands in the Madrean Archipelago that encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua.

Come enjoy this weekend with us. Whatever the weather, there will be botanical treats and great company.

Tentative Schedule
Day 1: Arrive mid- to late-afternoon, check in, eat supper, and head for the Education Center for some plant talks and discussion.
Day 2: An all-day field trip to a location to be determined. Or alternatively, stay nearer SWRS and attend one or both of two shorter field trips. Evening program following supper in the Education Center.
Day 3: A morning field trip, lunch, and then depart. Guided return trip to points west via Texas Canyon Road and Rucker Canyon.
A few spots left!

Contact Ries Lindley for more details.