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!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekly Ranger Programs, Walks and Talks

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
June 27th– July 4th 2016
Monday, June 27th
Guided Nature Walk at Lomaki Pueblo 10:00-11:00 am. 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, accessed near milepost 430 & milepost 444. Park entrance fees apply.

Thursday, June 30th
Guided Nature Walk: Protecting Watershed and Community 9:00-11:00 am. Four years ago Flagstaff voters overwhelm-ingly approved an ambitious and unique forest restoration project to protect key watersheds in and around the community. Join Ranger Karen to learn how the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project will look on the ground. Easy 2-miles with some off-trail walking. Bring water, hat, sunscreen. No dogs. Meet at trailhead parking lot behind Trinity Heights United Methodist Church at the top of 4th Street. 3600 N. 4th Street. For more:

Guided Nature Walk at O’Leary Volcano 10:00-11:30 am. Lower O’Leary Hike. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney on a beautiful ramble up the lower elevations of O'Leary Peak for a great opportunity to learn and experience the geo-logic wonders, plants, and birds of the area. 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.

Friday, July 1st
Guided Nature Walk at Bismarck Lake Little Springs 8:30-12:00am. Join Rangers Steve and Lois on a hike to the AZ Trail into mountain meadows with spectacular views of the San Fran Peaks. Then loop down to Little Spring, where C. Hart Merriam set up camp for his study of climate zones. Difficulty: moderate ascent to 8800 ft. Bring water, snacks/lunch, and trekking poles. Go N. 22 miles on Hwy 180. Turn right onto the second FR 151 intersection just beyond MP 235. Go 1.6 mi to fork and continue on FR 151 (right fork) another 0.8 mi to small meadow and park at junction with FR 418B.

Evening Program at Bonito Campground 8:00-8:45pm. The Ways and Whys of the Universe. Come join a ranger at the amphitheater for a 45 minute chat and discover the wonders of our universe that have captivated people’s curiosities since the Stone Age.
Saturday, July 2nd
Solar Viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument 1:00-4:00 pm Here’s your chance to safely take a look at the surface of the sun and learn about it’s properties! Come on down to Sunset Crater Volcano visitor center to view and learn about the sun. Park entrance fees apply.

Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground 3:00-3:45 pm. Forest Health. Join Ranger Eric for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and uncover the past, present, and future health of our forests. Meet at the campground amphitheater.

Astronomy Program at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument 8:00-10:30 pm. Join us in celebrating incredible dark skies and inspiring starscapes. Astronomy presentation will take place from 8:00-8:45 pm and telescope/star viewings from 8:45-10:30 pm both at the Lava Flow Trail. Contact the Sunset Crater Volcano visitor center at (928) 526-0502 for more infor-mation.

Evening Program at Pine Grove Campground 8:00-8:45 pm. Bark Beetles. Come join a ranger and learn about the battle be-tween bark beetles and Ponderosa pines. Meet at the campground amphitheater to learn more.

Evening Program at Bonito Campground 8:00-8:45 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 Zelif
Sunday, July 3rd
Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground3:00-3:45 pm. Forest Health. Join ranger Eric for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and uncover the past, present, and future health of our forests. Meet at the campground am-phitheater.

Evening Program at Pine Grove Campground8:00-8:45 pm. Hummingbirds of Arizona. Learn about the tiniest bird in North America and a personal encounter in nature with a broad-tailed hummingbird. Meet ranger Rick Ruess at the campground am-phitheater.

Monday, July 4th
Guided Nature Walk at Lomaki Pueblo10:00-11:00 am. 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.

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 (

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
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

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
ent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact

Glen Canyon Hanging Garden Wildflower Hikes

From Katie Wood from the Page Master Gardener Class

Attached is a link to a flyer about wildflower hikes

For questions contact: or (928)608-6352

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Preservation of AZ Joshua Tree Forest

Plateau Conservation Committee – Sierra Club Meeting
Discussion Topic
Speakers: Friends of AZ Joshua Tree Forest Board Members

Chuck & Pam Steffen along with Vern & Char Farris Est. 2007
Where: JCM Adult Center Thorpe Park - Flagstaff

When; May 12th 6-7:30 pm
Why: Fun to learn about these biodiversity gems in AZ

Questions: Contact Joe Shannon

Friday, April 22, 2016

Desert Botanical Garden - Special Exhibit through May

On Monday I visited the Desert Botanical Garden night exhibit of Bruce Monroe's light sculptures. It was a beautiful evening, clear and about 70. They were very different than the Chihuly exhibit, but wonderful. See below for one that was purchased by the garden. It appears at the entrance.

The new exhibit is made from plastic bottles with filaments that light up at night and change color. The photos below are of the largest sculpture (about 5 feet tall) in light and darkness.


There is also a field of 4x4x8 blocks of bottles. It was amazing at night. My photo is a bit dark but you can see that there are many of these sculputures with a mountain as a backdrop.

There were also lights going up several of the mountains, small flower structures in the cactus garden
and even some fire flies. If you have some time and want to enjoy the warm weather in Phoenix stop and check out this great exhibit - 6-9pm every evening at the Desert Botanical Garden. We even got in free with our membership from the Arboretum. Reservations are suggested. Call by phone for free tickets with Arb membership.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CMGA April Lecture and Tour

Jim Mast's greenhouse in Clarkdale
Photo by Loni Shapiro
This month our April lecture "Greenhouse Gardening" was followed by a Saturday tour of Jim Mast's greenhouse and orchard in Clarkdale. The lecture included temperature, light, watering, fertilizing and pests. This was a new hi-tech greenhouse for Jim and he talked about some of the problems: watering by hand, too much moisture, too many plants and insects. We all left green with envy and  knowing more about problem solving in a greenhouse.

After that lecture we headed out to Clarkdale on Saturday morning. We had a beautiful day (about 70) after the snowstorm in Flagstaff (3-4 inches). The greenhouse was full of cool season vegetable planted last fall (broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, etc.),recently planted lettuce bowls, some exotic hanging plants, herbs, and a working experiment Jim is doing for Great Big Plants.
Greenhouse                                                   Mizuna and Purple cabbage
Photos by Jim Mast
Jim also showed us his outside raised bed with onions, garlic, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, and some herbs. He recently interplanted some corn between onion rows.

If that wasn't enough, we also got to tour his tree orchard across the street which include fruits and nuts; cherry, peach, pear, apples, almonds, and hazelnuts. Jim had tagged all the trees for us and many already had fruit. Once through the orchard we walked on to a tributary of the Verde River with many willows.

Almond Tree and Verde River tributary below orchard
Photos by Loni Shapiro
After our tour through both we had a delightful potluck lunch under the mesquite trees in his back yard. I spent my time watching and listening to the many birds. I even spotted a red cardinal. We decided that we had such a good time that this may become an annual event. Jim and Sheryl are beginning to landscape the rest of their property and it would be fun to see the progress next year. If you missed this lecture and trip just contact Jim and schedule a private tour.

Friday, April 15, 2016

MNA Plant Monitoring Field Trip

Hello plant people,
The Museum of Northern Arizona is looking for a few volunteers to assist our monitoring effort of Navajo pincushion cactus, Pediocactus peeblesianus var. peeblesianus on Wednesday, April 27th. Barb Phillips has three permanent plots near Joseph City and has been monitoring these populations for over 30 years! If we have enough volunteers, we can read all three plots in one day. If you have never seen a Pediocactus, they are quite remarkable. During the winter, they shrink into the ground, and then in late April, they produce a bloom that is larger than the plant itself. But they are tiny and are very difficult to find when they are not in flower. Reading the plot requires crawling on your hands and knees staring at rocks. We'll leave in the morning, drive about 1.5 hours to the site, and aim to be home before dinner. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kirstin Phillips at We appreciate it.

Thank you,

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CMGA Yard Sale

Time to clean out our

garden sheds and

garden beds!




Postponed until the weather improves.

Watch this space.


Located At



1300 S. Thompson St.

*turn right off  Old Historic Route 66

Just past Maverick Gas Station