Slide from Flagstaff Home and Garden Show presentation by Ed Skiba. "One Hole at a Time"
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 the Sunday/Wed. markets this year
--Be a speaker for the speakers bureau
--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!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Foodlink Volunteer Opportunities

Hello All!

Our volunteer team this year is great and we are always interested in
adding more members to help out.

If you have an interested and some hours to share of your day, please
take a look at our doodle scheduling options and sign up!

Many thanks!

Garden Starts CSA (community supported agriculture)
Flagstaff Foodlink (501c3)  *Growing food, growing community*

*Flagstaff Foodlink cultivates and celebrates local, healthy, equitable,
and resilient food systems in our community.*

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Willow Bend Talk at Ponderosa High School


Author of “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond”
Integrated Local Harvests 
"Simple and Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World"
Saturday, May 17, 7:00-9:00 pm
Ponderosa High School, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Proceeds from this fundraising event will support Willow Bend’s K-12 environmental education programs in Coconino County.
  • ‘Early bird’ ticket price is $15 each and will increase to $20 May 1st.
  • Tickets for Members of Willow Bend are $15 each.
  • Purchase tickets online, or by mail at:

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center
703 East Sawmill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 779-1745   |
Willow Bend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Thank you to our Green Level Sponsors:


Volunteering to Begin for Riordan Mansion

Hello all gardeners,

Well, the weather is holding up well so this coming Friday - April 11 - is
still scheduled as the first work day at Riordan Mansion.

We will start at 9:30 in the vegetable garden area outside of the back of
the visitors center. Please meet us there. We will be adding another layer
to the garden beds and getting them ready for planting next month.

If that gets done quickly we will move onto another project. All are
welcome to join us on this early spring morning in Flagstaff. Come for all
or part of the work time. We plan to end the day around 1pm.

The Riordan does not open the gates until 10:30 so when you drive up to
the Riordan the gates will appear locked but they will be unlocked. Please
open the gate, drive through, close the gate and park in the parking lot.
Join us in the vegetable garden.

Volunteering Begins at Olivia White Hospice

2014 Calendar
April 21, 4-5:30 orientation for new volunteers at hospice and stab testing for all
April 24, 9:15-10 TH tests read and 10:00 garden orientation
May 1, Opening Day/Thursday 9:00 am
May 5, Opening Day/Monday 8:30
No Saturdays currently scheduled.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email

Please note: TB testing is required annually for all garden volunteers. An orientation including completion of required paperwork, HIPAA information, and the start of TB testing will be done at the hospice office on Monday, April 21 from 4:00-5:30. Please try to arrive by 4 pm. TB Tests will be read from 9:15 – 10:00 on Thursday April 24th. This will be followed by garden tours for new volunteers and an informal work day for returning volunteers.

If you have current TB results that were done by a physician or at a hospital, these may be submitted to Sierra instead of retaking the test.

If the above times do not work for you, contact Sierra, the volunteer coordinator at hospice, to schedule a time. She can be contacted at

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Native Plant Society Monthy Meeting

Philip Pattersonour presenter on Tuesday, May 20, and walk leader on Saturday, May 31, came to the NAU Research Greenhouse Complex as Plant Production Manager in 2002, and then became Greenhouse Manager in 2012.

He has managed plant production for numerous projects including the production of restoration seedlings for the Rodeo-Chediski, Aspen, and Shultz Wildfires along with growing research seedlings for the Palo Verde Ecological Reserve and Cibola Wildlife Refuge.  During that time over 700,000 plants have been propagated, grown, and shipped from the Research Greenhouse.

Currently he is developing propagation methods for the historic George Washington Elm on North Campus, which is part of the NAU Arboretum that was established with a grant obtained in 2004. He is also the principle investigator on a grant that established a Ponderosa Pine Seed Bank. However, his main pursuit is finding time to explore the canyons (by foot and raft) of the Colorado Plateau and climb Colorado 14ers with his wife and two children.  He is a NAU alum with a BS in Forestry, 1979. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Meeting Agenda CMGA 4/10/14

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 4/10/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

 6:30pm-6:35pm Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet
                            Brief review of agenda for the evening
 6:35pm-6:40pm Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5
                            Must be present to win
                            Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting
 6:40pm-6:45pm Introduction of speaker – Ed Skiba
 6:45pm-7:30pm Continuing Education
                            Mick Henry
                            Growing and Pruning of Fruit Trees
 7:30pm-7:55pm Refreshment provided by Galen and Andrea Guerrette
 7:55pm-8:00pm Raffle Drawing
 8:00pm-8:25pm Business Meeting – Hunter Kemmet          
                            Car Stickers, Name tags, Speakers Bureau, MG Project,
                            Fundraising (Committee/Meeting)
                            Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
                            Hattie Braun – Earth Day - April 19, 10am-4pm
Committee Reports:
                            Community Markets - Andrea Guerrette
                            MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
                            Volunteer Support - Crys Wells
 8:25pm-8:30pm Gardening Questions?

 Next meeting: May 8, 2013
                            Dr. Thomas Kolb, NAU School of Forestry
                               Future of the Ponderosa Pine Forests in N AZ

Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting

Greetings, All,
Here is information on our next AZNPS chapter meeting and talk: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014: Amy Prince, Northern Arizona University, “Flora of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument”
Amy Prince has been lover of plants since she purportedly ate grass and picked every last prize tulip from her neighbor's yard as a 2 year old in Texas. She has supported her plant habit  by working as a nurse for 23 years. During that time she has volunteered and been occasionally paid for her work on the side as a field botanist, herbarium assistant's assistant, research flunky, and plant press mule. Most recently, she quit her full time nursing job to become a graduate student in botany at Northern Arizona University. With the help of a grant obtained by the Grand Canyon Trust, she is working on a flora of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. When not peering at cacti through a hand lens, she can be found traveling for medical mission work, mushroom hunting, eating sushi, or rehabilitating her ragtag collection of plants procured from dumpsters, clearance sales, and last year's garden gone wrong.
Dorothy Lamm

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Alta Vista Garden Club Tours

AVGC 2014 Garden Tour Press Release
Alta Vista Garden Club, Prescott,Arizona,  presents its biennial garden tour on Saturday, June 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.   Guests will experience creative blends of perennials, annuals, native plants and vegetables located in private gardens in Prescott’s varied landscapes.  The self-guided tour features:
 Hilltop garden filled with brilliant season-long colors attracting bees, butterflies and birds. Also features colorful containers full of vegetables and herbs.
 More than an acre of native plants, trees and grasses in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills.  Set among the plantings are unique metal sculptures and yard art.
 Cityscape garden overlooking a panoramic vista of some of Prescott's peaks.  Discover the imaginative uses of metal work for plantings and birds.
 Meditative garden in the ponderosa pines provides creative repurposing of numerous items, such as antique chandeliers and bird cages.

Prospective Farmers Workshop Maricopa County

Here’s an upcoming workshop in Phoenix – May 20-21.  Hattie

Our annual 2-day workshop for new and prospective farmers will be held Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21. The workshop includes a tour of three local farms, the opportunity to talk with growers and two full days packed with crucial information to help you decide if farming is for you and what it will take to be successful.

We hope to see you there!

Kelly Murray Young
Assistant Agent, Agroecology
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Maricopa County

4341 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040

602-827-8219 office
602-827-8292 fax
602-390-0651 cell/text

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Flagstaff EcoRanch and Hermosa Vida

Bed Building Bonanza and Potluc

Help grow our Local Food Nework

When:  April 12th 9am-4-m
Where:  6685 W. Leonard Lane, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
What:  Food, Workshops, Education, and work building new vegetable beds

Bring food scraps for a composting workshop (fruit/veggie scraps, coffee grounds, tea, eggshells, meat/dairy products. Bring a potluck dish for lunch.

This collaboration is designed to grow food at the EcoRanch and be sold or donated to the Flagstaff Community through Hermosa Vida. Your hard work will help people obtain healthier food while promoting sustainable agriculture.

While working, meet others with similar interests, learn to garden, to compost, share your knowledge with others or just be part of something in Flagstaff.

9-12 Work in fields building beds to deter gophers
11-12  Composting workshop
12-1  Potluck lunch
1-4 Work in fields
3-4 Window garden workshop
       Flagstaff Foodlink - free seeds

Any yard tools you can bring would help:  shovels, rakes, pick axes, hoes

Friday, March 14, 2014

Flagstaff Home and Garden Show

The Coconino Master Gardeners are again participating in The Flagstaff Home and Garden Show. It will begin on Friday the 28th of March and continue through Sunday the 30th. We will have a large booth with lots of educational gardening information as well as 14 talks over 3 days. All talks are free with admission to the home show. Attached is a link to the schedule.
Come visit and join in the weekend fun!
If you want to help let Jackie Clarke know -

Loni Shapiro

Saturday, March 8, 2014

CMGA Monthly Meeting Agenda 3/13/14

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 3/13/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm-6:35pm           Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet
                                                Brief review of agenda for the evening

6:35pm-6:40pm           Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5
                                                Must be present to win
                                                Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting.  Bird feeder provided by Laura Parker
6:40pm – 6:45pm        Introduction of speaker – Ed Skiba

6:45pm-7:30pm           Continuing Education
                                                Growing Healthy and Local Food at Flagstaff ECO Ranch
                                                Jeff Meilander

Monday, March 3, 2014

MNA Needs Volunteers for Mounting Plant Specimens

The Museum of Northern Arizona is looking for volunteers to help with multiple plant processing projects including mounting plant specimens, plant sorting, plant specimen filing in the Easton Collection Center, and data entry. Regular plant mounting sessions are scheduled weekly on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 in the Powell Building (building 39) on the Museum’s research campus. Please contact Kirstin Olmon at 928-774-5211 ext 216 or if interested. No experience necessary, but some general plant knowledge is desirable. Some data entry projects could be done from the volunteer’s home. New Museum of Northern Arizona volunteers will be required to submit to a background check

Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference

Master Gardeners – Due to the great success of last year’s Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference, it will be held again.  Please read the following e-mail to see if you can help.  In any case, please mark your calendars for Sept. 11-12, 2014.  Several Coconino Master Gardeners and I went last year and it was an excellent conference for Master Gardeners.  Hattie

Dear Master Gardeners,

Another Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference is being designed just for you, the Masters Gardeners of Arizona.  The topics and format are in response to your input from the surveys that you completed last year.  The conference will be held on Thursday, September 11th and Friday,September 12th, 2014 at the Casino del Sol Conference Center in Tucson.  On Thursday we have a number of tours planned at the University of Arizona Arboretum, and at the Pima Extension Demonstration Gardens.  We are planning to have several focused lecture tracks and discussions to fill your day on Friday.  Friday's day of lectures is planned to begin at 7:00 am for registration and finish by 4:00 pm. There will be many breaks throughout the day and a break for lunch, which will be provided on-site at the Casino del Sol. The format is being designed to allow for in-depth presentations on desired topics and networking time to meet and learn from other Master Gardeners throughout Southern Arizona.  

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Open Community Facebook Page for Flagstaff Gardener

I am a graduate student in the Sustainable Communities program and have recently started an open community Facebook page for Flagstaff gardeners.

The Facebook page operates as a public forum for sharing extra seeds, garden supplies, plants, etc. It doesn't take the place of event-based seed exchanges, like the NAU sponsored one on March 9, but rather functions as an ongoing exchange.

We have almost 90 members, and would be really excited to include Master Gardeners in the group!

You can find the page by searching Facebook for "Flagstaff Plant and Seed Exchange."

Please share with all of your gardening contacts!

Thank you, 
Mary McCarthy
Sustainable Communities Program, NAU

CMGA Meeting Minutes 2/13/14

Coconino Master Gardener Association (CMGA)
Meeting Minutes 2/13/14
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

Charlotte Dodgson on “House Plants”
Charlotte has been a resident of Flagstaff for 9 years.  She is a master gardener, class OF 2010 and is the CMGA VP.   Charlotte works as the volunteer coordinator for the Arizona Historical Society at the Pioneer Museum and Riordan Mansion.  Charlotte and Dave Brimhall are the team leads for restoring the gardens at the Riordan Mansion where they make and sell recycled glass light catchers to sell in the gift shop.  Proceeds from the light catchers are donated to the Riordan garden project and goes towards the garden supplies. Charlotte also volunteers as the Treasurer for National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Flagstaff Chapter 1699; is a Driver Training Instructor for AARP and is a co-chair in Northern Arizona for the Arizona Alzheimer's Association. 
New Master Gardeners!  Hattie Braun presented Angela Fritz, Joan Alcaron and Lori Tamblingson with their master gardener certificate and name badge. Congratulations!
Regan Emmons announce the CSA is ready to take applications for this season’s veggie starts.  She made herself available during the break for anyone interested.  Regan also announce that the Arboretum is looking for volunteers.  Educational training opportunities; Docent training sessions start March 4th and are held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 1:30-3:30pm in March and April.  Volunteer Orientation is Thursday April 11th from 9am-12pm.  Field Trip Leader training sessions are on Friday March 7th, 14th, and 28th from 1:30pm-3:30pm. For information or sign up contact Kim Helfinstine at 928-774-1442 x227 or email  There is also Raptor program volunteers needed; contact for more information on this program.

Monday, February 17, 2014

MG Meeting 2/13/14 Agenda

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 2/13/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm-6:35pm           Welcome – Agenda - Hunter Kemmet
                                                Brief review of agenda for the evening

6:35pm-6:40pm           Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5
                                                Must be present to win
                                                Drawing will be held after refreshments and
before the business meeting
House plant provided by Charlotte Dodgson
6:40pm-6:45pm           Introduction of speaker – Ed Skiba

6:45pm-7:45pm           Continuing Education
                                                Charlotte Dodgson
House Plants
7:45pm-7:55pm           Refreshments
Ann Eagan and Christine Orr

7:55pm-8:00pm           Raffle Drawing

Monday, February 10, 2014

Garden Start Seedling CSA for 2014

Happy New Year Garden Start members!
Its come upon us fast, but its garden start csa time!!! I am grateful that Helen Sisk will be our grower again. Lissa Busyke will be on board to help Helen this year. I am handing the torch over to Deja Walker, who will be our registration and volunteer coordinator this year. Welcome Deja and Lissa! 

There will be a couple of changes to the program this year:
1) We are going to use 4-packs in stead of 6-packs. This means that you will receive 4 plants of EVERY crop. There will be a total of 30 crops, plus seeds and onion bulbs.
2) We are opening registration up ONLY to 2013 Garden Start members for the first month. Please feel free to register, and we'll put you on the waiting list. After March 1, anyone will be able to register.
3) For the first time, we are offering partial scholarships for those who demonstrate financial need. You will have the opportunity to contribute to this program when you register. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this program, no amount is too small.
I have attached the registration form, the scholarship form and the 2014 crop list.
We will send out the pick-up schedule in the next couple of weeks!
Also, please let us know if you would like to volunteer in the greenhouse, or during pick-up days this year!

We are looking forward to another great year!

Garden Starts CSA (community supported agriculture)Flagstaff Foodlink (501c3)  Growing food, growing community

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentines Day Ideas for Gardeners

Looking for some ideas for Valentines Day?
Check out the latest entries on the Gardening Gone Wild blog. The last two entries were both fun. Add this site to your favorites list. They have great stories and wonderful photos.

Gardening Gone Wild

My Spiny Valentine - 2014-02-06 00:54:43-05
It’s funny how prickly pear cactus pads form hearts. I wonder what the plant is trying to tell us: “Be mine but don’t touch me?” This last is a mammillaria. (You can call her Ma’am.) Here’s a  bit of trivia: I used to think that mammillaria got their name because they’re rounded like mammillary glands. […]
The post My Spiny Valentine appeared first on Gardening Gone Wild. Debra Lee Baldwin

Loni Shapiro

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spring Schedule for the the Arboretum

The Arboretum at Flagstaff begins their spring schedule of activities in March.

Docent training will begin at the Arboretum beginning on March 4th through April 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 130pm-330pm in the Walter Reichardt living room. If you are interested in participating please call Regan Emmons at 928-774-1442x110 or e-mail at
Attached is the schedule of classes being offered. LINK. The cost is $50. Also attached is a LINK to the Docent Commitment and Benefits Document.

If you find yourself enjoying those tours where there are lots of kids, consider becoming a Field Trip Leader and help with school field trips. Leading children around the arboretum is a BLAST!!!! Those training days will be on March 7, March 14, and March 28 from 130pm to 4pm at the Arboretum (more details on this training to come).

Current volunteers and docents will again be offered monthly Brown Bag Lectures beginning on April 1. Deb Noel will be talking about "Historical Gardens and Botanists". These lectures are from 12pm-1pm and you are encouraged to bring your lunch. A schedule for the season will be available at a later date. Some of these events are field trips and directions will be included.

For those who are already docents a refresher will be offered on April 11, from 130pm to 330pm in The Walter Reichart living room. RSVP to  You are also welcome to attend any of the new docent lectures.

If you are interested in becoming an Arboretum volunteer spring orientation will be from 930am-1130am on April 11 in the Walter Reichart living room.

The Arboretum opens on May 1 and will be open this year 6 days a week. Closed on Tuesdays. Tell your friends, neighbors, and those you garden with. Spread the word!

Loni Shapiro
Docent & Volunteer
Arboretum at Flagstaff

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Summer Plant Hikes

The Museum of Northern Arizona is sponsoring three Plant Hikes this summer as part of its wonderful Ventures Program:
Inner Basin Plant Hike on Sunday, June 22
Kendrick Peak Plant Hike on Sunday, July 20
Wupatki/Sunset Crater Plant Hike on Sunday, August 24

Each hike will be led by Flagstaff Ecologist Gwen Waring, and each will cost $60. 

Go to for more information.  You will also find out about other 2014 MNA Ventures are planned, including day trips, hotel-based trips, camping and hiking trips, and wilderness trips. 

To register contact 

"The mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona is to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau".   (Including all the native plants.) 

Posted by
Dorothy Lamm

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Donating & Volunteering at the Grand Canyon

Here are some interesting facts about the Grand Canyon National Park:
  • It has more plant species than any other park!
  • It has undertaken many successful native plant restoration projects on the North Rim, along the Colorado River Corridor, and on the South Rim, and more and more restoration projects are being identified all the time. 
  • It is collaborating with The Arboretum at Flagstaff to protect the rare and endangered Astragalus cremnophylax var. cremnophylax (Sentry milkvetch) by propagating and growing new plants in its greenhouse, and is undertaking a genetic study to determine how the distant populations in the park are related. 
  • Thousands and thousands and thousands of native plants are grown for restoration projects at a plant nursery and in an out-dated, inadequate greenhouse on the South Rim. 
  • The increasing needs for plant restoration projects make it imperative to expand the park’s plant nursery, establish a seed bank, and build a passive solar greenhouse
  • Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, needs to raise an additional $50,000 (Yikes!) to make the new passive solar greenhouse a reality.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Spring Master Gardener Class

Subject: [mastergardeners] spring Master Gardener class

We are taking registration for the spring Master Gardener class.  The class will start Feb. 4 and run thru May 13, 2014.  Class meets Tuesday afternoons, 1-4:30pm at our extension office.  If you know anyone that is interested, please pass this information on.  Class is limited to 20 due to the size of our classroom.  I’ve attached the brochure.
Thanks - Hattie
Hattie Braun
University of Arizona
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino County Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Phone:  928-774-1868  x 170
FAX:  928-774-1860

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

2013 Year End Report from President of the CMGA

Debi Stalvey
December 2013
January:  The year started with brainstorming for the organization.  We needed to recruit committee chairpersons and discuss fundraising ideas, as well as lay out our goals for the New Year.  We wanted to focus on raising money to support our Master Gardener Projects.  We also wanted to make our organization more visible to the community through continued calendar sales and participation in Earth Day, the Home Show, Community Market, County Fair, etc. 
February: Tammy Valdovino agreed to be the organization historian and Sherline Alexander became the chair of Community Markets. 
March:  We participated in the Home Show with a beautiful booth organized by Chairperson Kathy Singh.  We had several speakers and a great response by attendees.  At the executive meeting we picked our new logo and agreed to participate in the Arboretum’s plant sale in July.  In addition we decided to go forth with the “Regarden” fundraiser to be held in June and approved Sherry Markel’s T-shirt fundraiser.  At our general meeting we announced that we would award $1250 in grants for Master Gardener Projects. 

Resource Management Plan for the Coconino National Forest

Help Plan the Future of Coconino National Forest- attend a public meeting 

The Forest Service just released the Coconino National Forest Draft Land and Resource Management Plan for public comment. EVERYTHING the Forest Service does on the Coconino for the next 15-20 years must comply with this Plan. The Plan includes direction on wildlife protection, logging, fire, recreation, wilderness, water sources, energy development, and more. 

Please attend one of these meetings to learn more about the Plan and offer your suggestions! 

If you'd like to get more involved, see the bottom of this message for information about how to help Sierra Club prepare our official comments on the Draft Forest Plan. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Spring Catalogs

Poncho Pass Red Sulfur Buckwheat (exclusive from HCG)
This is from High Country Garden's spring catalog (yes they are back). 

Christmas is over and the New Year arrives in just 3 days. I have already received several seed catalogs. If you are as anxious as I am to get started with a new garden year the Seed/Plants & Garden Tools Catalogs list has been revised for 2014. You can download it from this LINK. As usual there a few changes - mergers, bankruptcies, and phone number changes. It is still about 5 pages and includes local as well as national sites, for seeds, plants, roses, bulbs and tools. If you find any error or want to add a source you use that isn't listed please e-mail me (

Loni Shapiro

CMGA Meeting Minutes 1/9/14

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 1/9/14
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

Our outgoing officers President Debi Stalvey and Secretary Ann Eagan were recognized and presented with a house plant from Warner’s nursery for their many contributions to the Master Gardener Association.

President Debi Stalvey introduced the new and continuing officers and committee chairs for 2014.
President Hunter Kemmet, Vice President Charlotte Dodgson, Secretary Sherline Alexander, Co-Treasurer Crys Wells, Co-Treasurer Linda Guarino, Blog/MG Projects Loni Shapiro, Community Markets Ann Eagan, Education Ed Skiba, Historian Tammy Valdovino

Debi also reminded everyone that 2014 membership dues are $10. Linda Guarino began accepting dues immediately. CMGA membership forms are located on the table by the front door.  Fill out the form to join.  There are three levels certified – graduates of the master gardener class who have completed volunteer hours, associate – previous master gardeners who are not current in the required certification and trainee - currently taking class or working on volunteer hours. 
This information is in the CMGA bylaws located on the blog under Master Gardener Association Documents and Forms (under Pages).

Hattie Braun presented Tammy Valdovino with her master gardener certificate and name badge.

Continuing Education 
David Brimhall on “Floral Arranging”
David has been a resident of Flagstaff for 30 years. He is a master gardener, having gone through the class three years ago.  He is an artist and professional florist working at Sutcliff Floral and Floral Arts, Ltd before that. He, Charlotte, and Debi do the MG project at Riordan Mansion.  Attached is the hand out from the lecture - LINK. Dave outlined the basics of “Floral Arranging” while demonstrating several examples (see blog photo). 

Thanks to Loni Shapiro and Julie Holmes for the refreshments.

Monday, January 6, 2014

CMGA January 9, Meeting Agenda

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 1/9/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm-6:40pm                       Welcome – Agenda - Debi Stalvey
                                                      Annual Report
                                                      Introduce 2014 Officers
                                                      Brief review of agenda for the evening

6:40pm-6:45pm                       Introduction of speaker – Jim Mast

6:45pm-7:45pm                       Continuing Education
                                                      "Floral Arranging" by Dave Brimhall

7:45pm-8:00pm                       Refreshments - Julie Holmes

8:00pm-8:25pm                       Business Meeting - Hunter Kemmet

                                                      Financial report-Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
                                                      MG Programs Happenings (class)-Hattie Braun

                                                      Home and Garden Show, March 28-30, 2014- Hattie Braun
                                                      Volunteers to plan and work the show

                                                      Committee Reports:

                                                      Continuing Education – Jim Mast
                                                      Community Markets-Sherline Alexander
                                                      MG Projects/Blog-Loni Shapiro
                                                      Volunteer Support-Crys Wells

8:25pm-8:30pm                       Gardening  Questions ?

Next meeting:                         February 13, 2014 - Charlotte Dodgson on House Plants

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the Blog

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Garden Ideas

For those of you who are already beginning to miss being in the garden there is a place to get your winter garden fix. The Desert Botanical Garden is in bloom and has two wonderful exhibits for December. Chihuly has opened another glass exhibit which will be in the garden until May. You can visit in the daytime or at night when it is lit up. In addition, the garden has their usual holiday fun with Los Noches de las Luminarias. This is an evening exhibit with luminarias lighting up the garden, food and drink, and a variety of music throughout the garden. If you haven't had a chance to see it, it is a must holiday event to get you in the spirit. Reservations are required. The web site is:

My husband I just returned from Phoenix and both of these events are a must see. Chihuly was spectacular at night. I am adding one of my photos. I have so many great photos that it was difficult to choose one.  There were probably more than 20 different pieces throughout the garden. Enjoy!
Glass boat on the water in one of the marshes.

Loni Shapiro

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 11/14/2013

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 11/14/2013
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

Calendars are now available for sale at the Coconino County Extension office, Warner’s, Native Plant & Seed, Riordan Mansion, and the Allstate office on Cedar. Suggestions on other locations for selling the calendars were the Flagstaff Visitor’s Center and Chamber of Commerce. Sherline Alexander said she would check with some people who are exhibiting at local arts and crafts fairs to see if the calendars could be sold there.

Deb Noel – Historic Gardens and Gardeners

Deb Noel gave an overview of botany and botanists in the United States.  She talked about the importance John and William Bartram, their garden and seed and plant business. In addition, she spoke about how many of the founding fathers of the country were gardeners.  For more information on Bartram’s Garden and early gardeners in the United States, check out the following website and books.  The public library has copies of both of the books.

Bartram’s Garden

Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, Andrea Wulf, 2011.

The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession, Andrea Wulf, 2010

Thanks to Susan Thompson and Sherline Alexander for the wonderful refreshments.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Decline of Pollinators

A friend sent this link to an article in the New York Times to me yesterday.  It will be of interest to all you native plant enthusiasts.  It is about the dramatic decline of insect populations and how this decline will impact native plant populations and even our food supply.

D. Lamm

Saturday, November 23, 2013

AZ Food and Farm Finance Forum

Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum, Jan 13-15: What’s in it for YOU?
If you are a social impact investor or venture capitalist: Come and hear Slow Money founder Woody Tasch tell how $30 million of local investing in 220 food and farm businesses since 2010 is creating viable options to placing all your money and trust in Wall Street.
If you are a beginning (or ramping-up) farmer: Come and hear Alex Young of Cornman Farm and the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses talk about double their production and planting area each year, and how he finances it. Zingerman’s has grown seventeen for-profits and non-profits in Ann Arbor to create 650 new jobs and 50 million dollars of annual sales of products and services in its community.
If you want to jumpstart a local food restaurant, or cooperative local food distribution network to restaurants: Come and hear Derrick Widmark, co-founder of Diablo Burger in Flagstaff and Tucson tell how he brokered financial backing and local beef and vegetable sourcing to jumpstart these independently-owned businesses.
If you are a food bank staffer hoping to create new jobs for the poor: Come and hear Lisa Pino, Executive Director of United Food Bank in Chandler explain what USDA Strikeforce Programs and philanthropic initiatives can do to help you create live-able wage jobs in the food growing, processing and distribution sectors.
If you are a community development planner or credit union investment officer: Come and hear Michael Dimock of Roots of Change in the Bay area explain how rural and urban communities are coming together to plan the future of their food-based economies.
If you are an eater, a food justice activist, or student: Come and hear Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona offer a vision of living local economies that will help Arizona communities recover their health and well-being.
If you are a potential donor, angel investor, stakeholder or loan-giver to such initiatives: Learn from Elizabeth U, author of Raising Doughhow to avoid legal pitfalls and financial risks to match your financial resources to match your investing capacity with your values to do the greatest possible good for your family and community.
If you want to start a food microenterprise from a community kitchen using local ingredients for value-added products: Listen to Ernie Rivera, Kitchen Manager of Mixing Bowl, the Kitchen for Entrepreneurs in Albuquerque talking about helping sixty active food microenterprises each year and guiding another hundred prospective food businesses in product development and business planning.
Laurel Bellante
PhD Student
School of Geography and Development

Arizona Strawberry Day

Arizona Strawberry Day

*      Learn how to grow strawberry hydroponically in Arizona greenhouse
Saturday December 7th (10AM to 2PM)

*      For more information visit the strawberry information website

Go directly to the registration site

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lecture in Camp Verde

"Pre-Columbian Agaves in Southwestern United States: A New Way of Looking at Species and Their Cultural Landscapes"
Tues., November 19, 7pm
Camp Verde Community Center Rooms 206/207 (behind the Historical Society) by Wendy Hodgson, Research Botanist, Herbarium Curator, and Botanical Illustrator, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Wendy has been with the Desert Botanical Garden for nearly 40 years and has lived in the desert for 44 years.  Her areas of interest include southwest United States and northern Mexico floristics, rare and endemic plants, and taxonomy and systematics of Agave and Yucca, including the study of pre-Columbian agave cultivars. Other current projects include the study and documentation of the flora of the Grand Canyon region, including the evolution and distribution of certain plant groups as affected by the unique factors characteristic of this area. Ms. Hodgson is studying and documenting southwest United States cacti and is a co-coordinator for the Cactus Family of Arizona project by Desert Botanical Garden research staff and research associates. She was also the coordinator for the Cactus family treatment for the Intermountain Flora project, the preeminent botanical initiative documenting plant diversity between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains, published in 2012 by the New York Botanical Garden Press. She is the author of numerous scientific papers and the illustrated book, Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert, published by the University of Arizona Press and winner of the 2002 Klinger Book Award by the Society for Economic Botany. She is an avid plant collector, particularly those pesky, difficult to press plants of the Agave and Cactus families.

From Linda Guarino