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!

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CMGA Fall Yard Clean-up Raffle

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekly Ranger Programs, Walks and Talks

Ranger Walks & Talks Calendar
August 18-22, 2016
Thursday, August 18
Guided Historic Walk in South-side Flagstaff, Thursday, August 18
8:30-10:30 am. The Heart of Flagstaff. Join in a walk on the south-side of the tracks, the heart of Flagstaff in the early days. Hear stories of some of the first settlers and buildings in this 3-mile walk. Meet at the Mountain Line Bu Terminal on Phoenix Ave.
Guided Nature Walk in Beautiful Bonito Meadow, Thursday, August 18
8:30-10-30 am. Bonito Meadow Walk. Come discover Bonito Meadow on an easy 2 mile, off-trail ramble for approximately 1.5 hours through uneven, brushy terrain. Long pants and sturdy shoes recommended. From Flagstaff, drive north on Hwy 89 and turn right onto Sunset Crater Road. Drive 0.8 miles and meet at the gravel parking lot on the right side of road.

Friday, August 19
Guided Nature Walk at O’Leary Volcano, Friday, August 19
10-11:30 am. Lower O’leary Hike. Join in a beautiful ramble up the lower elevations of O’Leary Peak. This walk is easy, level walking and approximately 2 miles round trip. Meet at the O’Leary trailhead. Take H-89 north out of Flagstaff, turn right to Sunset Crater and then drive 1.8 miles, turn left for O’Leary Campground and park at the trailhead just past the turn for  O’Leary campsite.
Evening Program at Bonito Campground, Friday, August 19
8-8:45pm. Hummingbirds of Arizona. Learn about the tiniest birds in North America and a personal encounter in nature with a Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Meet volunteer Ranger Rick Ruess at the campground amphitheatre.
Saturday, August 20
Wildlife Watching at the North Mormon Lake Overlook, August 20
3-4 pm. The marsh-filled basin of Mormon Lake attracts herds of elk, grazing and cooling off on hot summer days. Cliffs below the overlook create updrafts for soaring raptors. Join Ranger Zack Zdinak - and his spotting scope - to look for these animals and what makes this area great wildlife habitat.

Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, August 20
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 Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, August 20
8-8:45 pm. “Hoo Hoo Goes There?” Many of our local wildlife are more active between sunset and sunrise. And they can be noisy. Tonight we will explore the sounds of the forest. You will learn who makes those weird, spooky noises that you may hear around the campground and elsewhere on the Colorado Plateau. Join Ranger Zack Zdinak for an introduction to our nightly forest neighbors.
Evening Program at Bonito Campground, Saturday, August 20
8-9pm. The Wonders of Our Galaxy. What's that up in the sky tonight? Come take a look at the wonders of our galaxy you can see in the night sky. Bring your eagle eyes or binoculars if you have them, to this 45 minute talk which will teach you how to look for and find the wonders of our universe with nothing more than a willing heart and keen eyes! Meet volunteer ranger and astronomer Pat Benson at the campground amphitheater. 
Sunday, August 21
Guided Nature Walk at Kelly Canyon, Sunday, August 21
9 am - 12 noon. Kelly Canyon Hike. Volunteer rangers Wade and Ruess lead this idyllic walk through a deep forest canyon with spring-fed pools and tall trees. Go south on 89A past Forest Highlands; after milepost 392, turn left onto FR 237. Drive 1.5 miles to Pumphouse Wash crossing. Bring poles, water, good shoes. Moderate 4.0 miles. Call 928-637-5175 for more information.
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. 
Loni Shapiro (

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, August 16th
Food Demonstration (45 mins)
Recipe: Tomatillo Salsa & Pico de Gallo
Food Safety Message: Food Allergies
Featured Produce: Tomatoes/Tomatillos

Garden Workshop (45 mins)
Fall Gardening
Tomatoes at 7,000 feet


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
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

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

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

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!!