Coconino Master Gardener Association

Flagstaff Home and Garden Show 2016
2016 Home and Garden Show booth, Sherline Alexander, Jackie Clark, Sue Thompson, and Ed Skiba
Photo Jackie Clark
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, July 28, 2016

Highlands Center for Natural History - Workshop

Weekly Ranger Programs, Walks and Talks

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
July 28-August 1, 2016
NPS/USFS Roving Rangers
Thursday, July 28th
Guided Nature Walk at O’Leary Volcano, Thursday, July 28
10-11:30am. Lower O’Leary Hike. Join Rangers on a beautiful ramble up the lower elevations of O'Leary Peak. This is a great opportunity to learn and experience the geologic wonders, plants, and birds of the area. The walk is easy, level walking, and is approximately 2 miles round trip. Meet at the O’Leary trailhead. Take H-89 north out of Flagstaff, turn right on Sunset Crater Rd. (FS Rd. 545) and drive 1.8 miles, turn left for the O’Leary Group Campground and park at the trailhead just past the turn for the O’Leary campsite.
Guided Night Hike at Citadel Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument, Thursday, July 28
9-10pm. Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower viewed from Citadel Pueblo. The Delta Aquarids is a shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Meet at the trailhead for Citadel 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 444. Visit the following website to view a park map:
Friday, July 29th
Guided Nature Walk at the Aspen Loop Trail, Friday, July 29
8-10am. Tree ID Walk. An easy 1.5-mile walk along the Aspen Loop Trail with Rangers Jane and Robert. Enjoy great views and learn how to identify trees on the Peaks at 9,500 feet! Meet 6.5 miles up Snowbowl Rd. in the Humphreys Trail head parking lot; bring water, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes.
Evening Program at Bonito Campground, Friday, July 29
8-8:45pm. The Nature of America. Nature has the power to inspire people. Learn what happened when Europeans
discovered giant sequoias for the first time, and an affluent lady in the 1930's camps in the Mojave Desert on her own among the Joshua trees. America's public lands not only preserve a shared heritage, but reveals rich stories about our history. Program conducted by Park Ranger Hilary Clark. Meet at the Amphitheater.
Saturday, July 30th
Guided Nature Walk: Protecting Watershed and Community, Saturday, July 30
9-11am. Four years ago Flagstaff voters overwhelmingly approved forest restoration project to protect key watersheds in and around the community. Join Ranger Karen and forest specialists to learn about the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project on the ground. Easy 2-miles, some off-trail walking. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, rain jacket. No dogs, please. Meet at "Y" trail head at Elden Lookout and Schultz Pass Roads. For more information see:
Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, July 30
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 mysteri-ous things that are difficult to see and often overlooked. No dogs please. Meet at the Amphitheater.
Evening Program at Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, July 30
8-8:45 pm. 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, August 1st
Guided Nature Walk at the Lomaki Pueblo, Monday, August 1
10:00-11:00am. Ancient Peoples. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney, on an easy 1/2 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.

Arizona Snowbowl
Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31
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: Open every day.

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 winds.

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. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Seed to Table Workshops

Seed to Table Schedule of Workshops


Coconino Cooperative Extension Office
2304 N. 3rd St.

Tuesday, July 12th
Food Demonstration (45 mins)
Recipe: Swiss Chard Quesadillas
Food Safety Message: Harvesting Green Produce
Featured Produce: Swiss Chard

Garden Workshop (45 mins)
Organic Pest Control
Growing Greens

Tuesday, July 19th
Food Demonstration (45 mins)
Recipe: Squash Ribbons, Cherry Tomatoes, and Pesto
Food Safety Message: Hand-washing
Featured Produce: Basil, Cilantro, and Parsley

Garden Workshop (45 mins)
Drip Irrigation
Growing Herbs

Tuesday, July 26th
Food Demonstration (45 mins)
Recipe: Gazpacho
Food Safety Message: Cross-contamination
Featured Produce: Cucumbers

Garden Workshop (45 mins)
Raised Bed and Container Gardens
Cucumber Tips

Friday, July 1, 2016

CMGA Meeting Agenda 7/14

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 14 – 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:40pm     Welcome – Jim Mast
6:40pm – 6:45pm     Introduction of Speakers – Jim Mast
6:45pm – 6:50pm     Coconino County Fair:  Carol Burris
6:50pm – 7:45pm     Education:  The Gardens of Paris/France – Molly Larsen
15 minute break
7:45pm– 8:00pm     Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00pm - 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Jim Mast
     MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     Financial report – Sue Madden
     Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
          * Calendar (Tammy Valdovino)
          * Garden Tour
          * Fall Garden Clean up
          Continuing Education – Jim Mast
     MG Projects – Jackee Alston
     Historian – Tammy Valdovino
     Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?         
Next meeting:  August 11:  Edible Local Native Plants – Sheila Murray
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Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens

Explore seven creative local gardens and outdoor living

areas on a self-directed tour

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10AM-3PM

$12 per person, rain or shine

Maps available the day of the event only at

Viola’s Flower Garden, 2654 E. Rte. 66

Reservations: CT (928)853-0315

Sponsored by Viola’s Flower Garden and the Coconino Master Gardener Association

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fundamentals of Small-Scale Mushroom Production

What:      Workshop on Small Scale Mushroom Production
Who:       Dr. Berry Prior, Professor of Plant Sciences
                Thomas Plasse, Instructional Specialist, Pima County Extension
Where:    Coconino Public Health Build. (2625 N King St.)
When:     July 6, 2016, 1-5pm
Cost:       $20

Follow LINK for flyer

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Arboriculture Workshop at NAU

Arboriculture with Heightened Awareness

Date and Time:

Friday, July 15, 2016 ~ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Conference Description:

Join us for a packed day of education! You'll learn many different ways arborists can maintain tree health during climate change. We'll cover everything from low tech solutions for erosion control, passive water harvesting, the theory and practical application of structural pruning, and Aspen dieback. Basic components of arid soils including texture, structure and chemistry and how they relate to irrigation, fertilization and tree health will be discussed.


7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Welcome and Introductions
8:15 am Maintenance of Tree Health During Climate Change
Dr. Tom Klob, Professor of Forest Ecophysiology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
9:15 am Innovative, Low Tech Solutions for Erosion Control and Water Harvesting
Sandra Hurlbut, Senior Instructional Specialist, Water Wise Program, Sierra Vista, AZ
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Aspen Dieback and Decline, White Pine Blister Rust and Aspen and Willow Leaf Rust in High Elevations of the Southwest
Bob Celaya, Statewide Forest Health Specialist, Arizona State Forestry, Phoenix, AZ
11:30 am

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Plant Related Grants for 2016

Frrom Susan Holiday - Flagstaff Native Plant society

Hi AZ Native Plant Society, 
Thought you'd all appreciate this list of 44 plant-related research grants you can apply to this summer.
Please share with your colleagues if you think it would be useful to them.

Karen Lee
Research Operations

Friday, June 10, 2016

MNA - Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard Dedication

Please Join Us

Thursday, June 30, 2016
at the Museum of Northern Arizona

For a private dedication of the beautifully renovated Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard.
5:00 pm Refreshments

5:30 pm Remarks & Dedication

6:00 pm "Thirsty Thursday・ programming with live music by bluegrass group Heartwood

 RSVP ♦ Anne Franke ♦ 928.774.5211, ext 227

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

CMGA Agenda 6/9

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 9 – 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Jim Mast
6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of Speakers – Loni Shapiro
6:45pm – 7:45pm             Education:  Growing Roses at 7,000 FeetCarol Chicci
15 minute break
7:45pm– 8:00pm              Sorry, no refreshments as we will be in the sanctuary
Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00pm - 8:25pm              Business Meeting – Jim Mast
          MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
          Financial report – Sherline Alexander
          Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
          ·     Calendar
          ·     Garden Tour
          Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
         ·     August:  Edible Local Native Plants – Sheila Murray
          MG Projects – Jackee Alston
          Blog – Loni Shapiro
          Historian – Tammy Valdovino
          Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions? 

Next meeting:                  July 14:  The Gardens of Paris/France – Molly Larsen

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AZ Native Plant Society - Prescott

Arizona Native Plant Society
Chapter meetings and evening programs resume in September.  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.

Woodchute Mountain Field Trip:

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 7:00 AM:
Sue Smith, Woodchute Mountain field trip

There are splendid views in all directions from the top of Woodchute Mountain. From the south trailhead, it is a fairly easy 2.3-mile climb, with an elevation gain of only 600 feet.  The original ponderosa pine forest was cut down when the copper mines at Jerome were in operation and loggers came to this mountain to harvest shoring timbers for the mines. They transported the logs by way of a chute extending down the north side of the mountain to loading platforms for the narrow gauge railroad that served Jerome. It is from this chute that the mountain and trail take their name.
Please contact Sue Smith at or 408-507-7706 to participate.  Carpooling would be great so please let us know if you are willing to drive and how many passengers you can take.   Meet at 7:00AM at the Fry’s shopping center on Willow Lake Road (near Willow Lake not the one on Miller Valley Road).    For those coming from points further south there is a parking area at 89A and Coyote Springs Road where we can meet at 7:30AM.  Bring a lunch and plan to return to Prescott around 3:00 PM.

Monsoon Madness:

Annual Yavapai County Master Gardener Plant and Yard Sale - July 9, 2016 - 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM (or until sold out). 
 At the Prescott Rodeo Grounds - 840 Rodeo Grounds, Prescott, AZ.  Natives, perennials, yard stuff, tools, tool sharpening, advice.  Rain or shine.  No pets.  Cash Only.

Other Chapter News:

Save the Date!  Labor Day Weekend - Sept. 2 - 4th. The Highlands Center for Natural History presents the 2nd Annual Highlands Nature Festival. This exciting three-day event will kick-off September 2, and feature three days of inspiration, discovery and celebration, including a Friday night keynote address and a Saturday afternoon open house. Throughout the event, local and regional naturalists and partner organizations will lead interactive hands-on field trips and workshops. Saturday and Sunday morning field trips will explore many areas of our natural surroundings, including Central Highlands geology, our plant and mammal neighbors, our many species of birds, butterflies and other insects, our precious watersheds and riparian areas, and more! The Prescott Chapter will repeat our Ecosa Dells 2015 field trip: “The Flora, Birds & Geology of the Granite Dells.” Registration opens mid-June.  For more information:

Monday, June 6, 2016

CMGA 2016 Garden Grant Award Winners

2016 CMGA Grant Awardee Announcement

Congratulations to the following grant recipients for our 2016 grant cycle! Again this year we’ve beat all records and have awarded more money than we ever have as well as sponsored more projects than we have in the history of our organization. We’re pleased to see so much good being grown in our community!

1. Flagstaff Junior Academy Little Green Sprouts Program
Description: Water catchment and compost bin for existing beds.
Submitted by: Gina Lanzetta. Amount awarded: $235.15
2. Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library
Description: Printing/Packaging costs and a Word Press website.
Submitted by: Jackee Alston. Amount awarded: $260.00

3. Riordan Mansion
Description: Installation of a bird bath and new xeriscape plants with soil amendments.
Submitted by: Gilli Thomas and Debbie Stalvey. Amount awarded: $350.00

4. Camp Civitan
Description: Installation of an elk fence.
Submitted by: John Christ. Amount awarded: $359.70

5. Maine Consolidated School
Description: Solar panel set up for a water pump system.

Submitted by: Rebecca Cauthen and Rick Zink. Amount awarded: $415.00
6. Epiphany Episcopal Church Labyrinth Garden
Description: Installation of a trellis, tree, signage, and brochure for Biblical Garden.
Submitted by: Kathy Deasy. Amount awarded $275.00

7. Colton Community Garden
Description: Season extender project using Solexx.
Submitted by: Lissa Buyske. Amount awarded: $305.82

AZ Highland Celtic Festival - July 16 and 17

Arizona Highland Celtic Festival - July 16 & 17, 2016 - Foxglenn Park
Come be a part of the fun and share your experience and knowledge by participating in the educational volunteer opportunities at this amazing summertime event! For the past several years the annual Arizona Highland Celtic Festival event has featured an educational component in a tented area called the “Plants and Geology of Celtic Regions”. Plants and materials are graciously donated for the festival weekend by Viola’s Flower Garden and placards have been created that connect each plant and tree to various Celtic regions, stories, and legends. This year our goal is to feature energetic CMGA volunteers who can enhance and engage festival attendees through their knowledge and personal experience with the various plants as well as talk about gardening in Northern Arizona.  Your audience in the tent will range from youngsters to well-seasoned festival attendees so you can use your imagination, experience and have fun!
Here are the facts: This volunteer opportunity has been approved by the CMGA.
By volunteering for a shift at the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival you will receive a festival      t-shirt, name tag, and free admission to the festival for the day you are volunteering!
There are five time slots available for volunteering and yes, volunteering in pairs is ok and fun so invite your favorite friend to join you in this unique experience!
(No dogs are allowed inside the Festival grounds….sorry!)
Saturday July 16                                               Sunday July 17
900 am – 12:00 pm                                         9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm                                         12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

You will be volunteering your time to the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society and your volunteer sign-up will be taken care of by contacting John Mead directly. John is the NACHS designated supervisor of the “Plants and Geology of Celtic Regions” tent. If you are interested or have any questions please contact John Mead:  928-707-0361 or email

For planning purposes we would like to hear from you before July 1st. Thank you for your interest and contribution to this great community we live in!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CMGA Annual Garden Grant Applications

Do you have a gardening project in Coconino County or want to start one? Does this project benefit our community in some way? Could you use some extra cash to help with it? Then we have good news for you!

The Coconino Master Gardeners Association (CMGA) is looking to fund garden projects with small grants of up to $500. Grants are due by May 31st and the one-page application can be found attached or at CMGA projects will be given preference. However, the process for approval is simple if you’d like to apply. Please submit the project form ( to Jackee Alston ( at any time.
For all funding applications, please submit them before May 31st c/o Jackee Alston either via email to: or by post at:

c/o: Jackee Alston, MG Projects Committee Chair
PO Box 3923
Flagstaff, AZ 86003-3923

If you have any questions, please contact Jackee by email at any time. Happy gardening!

Jackee Alston

Saturday, May 14, 2016

CSA Vegetable/Herb/Flower Starts

I will be selling some of the leftover starts at the first farmers' market this Sunday. We have Bloomsdale spinach, lettuce (speckled trout back, black-seeded simpson, and a lettuce mix), bachelor buttons, ruby red chard and Santoh mustard. Current members, come on over and say howdy, I'd love to hear how your garden is doing!


Regan Emmons
Grow Program Director
P.O. Box 605
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
(mobile) 808-344-0904

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 12 – 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Jim Mast
6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of Speakers – Loni Shapiro
6:45pm – 7:45pm             Education:  Self-Watering Containers – Jackie Clark
          15 minute break
7:45pm– 8:00pm              Refreshments provided by Debi Stalvey and Sherline Alexander
Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00pm - 8:25pm              Business Meeting – Jim Mast
          ·         Daily Sun gardening column
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Financial report – Sue Madden
Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
          ·         Calendar – Michelle Cathey
          Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
          ·         June:  Growing Roses at 7,000 Feet – Carol Chicci
          ·         July:  The Gardens of Paris/France – Molly Larsen; Coconino County Fair preparation
          ·         August:  Edible Local Native Plants – Sheila Murray
          MG Projects – Jackee Alston
          Blog – Loni Shapiro
          Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions? 
Next meeting:                  June 8:  Growing Roses at 7,000 Feet – Carol Chicci
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Grand Canyon Volunteer Opportunity

If your not a member of the Grand Canyon Association now is a great time to join. Supporting our national parks this year is particularly important (100 years). Membership provides many opportunities for education and volunteering.
Grand Canyon Association Volunteer
Opportunity at the North Rim
Have you ever wanted to volunteer at Grand Canyon? Grand Canyon Association is excited to partner with the National Park Service to offer volunteer opportunities for Grand Canyon Association members.

Join us on the North Rim, May 29-June 4, and volunteer with the NPS vegetation crew to replant native vegetation and remove non-native plants. Volunteers will camp and all meals will be provided.
To learn more, check out our Volunteer Week page or read through our volunteer FAQs. You can also contact Megan Gray at or 928-638-2481.
If you are ready to sign-up now, please complete our registration form and send along to
We hope to see you there!!

Grand Canyon Association, PO Box 399, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023-0399
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