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 Excetera
-Volunteer with the Seed Library
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CMGA 2017 Garden Grants

It's time to think about gardening projects again! 
We're happy to announce that we've moved our grant cycle deadline to January 31st instead of May 31st and that we've allocated $5,000 for grants! 

Please see the attached flyer about the grant program and application. Or read the information cut and pasted below, if you have trouble with the attachments.

Email Jackee Alston @ with any questions.

Call for Grant Applications 
The Coconino County Master Gardner Association is currently accepting applications for the 2017 gardening season. Submit your application by  January 31st, 2017 Applications can be found at LINK
 Or contact Jackee Alston @ or (928) 814-2280 to have an electronic copy sent to you. 
Qualifying projects should: 1. Fill a need or give value to the community and/or CMGA. 2. Have some educational component for gardeners on the project. 
Notification of funding will be announced early February and checks mailed out shortly after. 


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

6:30pm – 6:45pm     Welcome – Sherline Alexander, president
          Outgoing president’s 2016 report – Jim Mast
6:45pm – 6:50pm     Introduction of Speaker – Gilli Thomas
6:50pm – 7:45pm     Education:  Presentations from 2016 grant recipients
7:45pm – 8:00pm     Refreshments and Raffle Prize Drawing
8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Sherline Alexandar
     MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     Financial report – Molly Larsen
     Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          FundraisingCindy Krznarich
          Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
          MG Projects – Jackee Alston
          Historian – Tammy Valdovino
          Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?      

Next meeting:           February 9:  Mick Henry and Hattie Braun – Care and Fun of Fruit Trees
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

International Master Gardener Conference

The International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) is happening this year in Portland, Oregon July 10-14. To be at a conference with over 1,000 Master Gardeners is an experience not to be missed. I’m forwarding an e-mail with lots of information but if you don’t want to read all that click on this link 2017 International Master Gardener Conference. The conference will feature 5 days of talks, tours, movies and more. So if you summer travels include a visit to the northwest, think about signing up. Early registration ends Jan. 13. I’ll be there!


The deadline for the early registration discount ($50) for the 2017 IMGC is nearing.  The last day for early registration is January 13th.

More than 45 classes will be given in concurrent sessions, according to Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist for Extension and coordinator of the speakers. Classes embrace a broad range of topics, including garden design, edibles, bee health, disease and pest management, pruning, soils and history.
Three keynote speakers are on the agenda – Dan Hinkley, plant explorer and former owner of Heronswood Nursery; Renee Shepherd, founder and owner of Renee’s Garden; and John Marzluff, professor of environmental and forest sciences at the University of Washington.
Other well-known presenters are Lee Reich, horticulturist and author; Sean Hogan, owner of Cistus Nursery in Sauvie Island; Lucy Hardiman, Portland garden designer and author; Ramesh Sagili, assistant professor and bee expert at OSU; and Thomas Rainer, landscape architect, teacher and author.
A garden-themed movie festival, trade show and 16 full- or half-day tours are also planned.

Summer Agricultlural Institute

Summer Agricultural Institute (SAI)
SAI is a five-day, traveling tour designed to teach K-12 teachers about food and fiber production and help them incorporate that knowledge in the classroom curriculum. SAI combines hands-on learning about agriculture with practical curriculum development.

SAI provides participants with free classroom materials that are aligned to Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. Participants will visit a variety of agricultural operations, spend an entire day at the University of Arizona's research farm, visit schools with active agriculture education programs, and spend an afternoon with a modern-day farming or ranching family.

The 27th SAI will be held Monday, June 5 thru Friday, June 9, 2017. We will begin in the Phoenix area and travel north to the cool-aired regions of Yavapai and Coconino Counties visiting agricultural industries along the way.

There is no cost to apply for SAI, but you must be accepted to participate. Apply by March 1 and only pay $85, if you are accepted. Apply after March 1 and pay $125. Accepted applicants will need to provide payment by May 25.

What have teachers said about SAI?
  • "An educationally jam-packed week!"
  • "Volumes of information - I'm glad it was fast paced."
  • "Tiring, but very educational!"
  • "Amazing, fast-paced, and informative."
  • "Long, but very intensive about learning how agriculture works."
  • "Packed with interesting info, extremely valuable, exhausting, not to be missed!"
Visit to find more information, such as answers to frequently asked questions, quotes from past participants, resources provided over the years, and a list of tours from the past 25+ years.

Be sure to visit our newly created Details webpage. There you’ll see a timeline of events for applying and when to expect what - if you are accepted to participate.

Contact Brandon Moak ( with any questions.

~  Please allow at least 24hrs for email responses. I apologize for the delay.  ~
Brandon Moak, LPC
Program Coordinator, Sr.
Agriculture Literacy Program

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Docent Training at the Arboretum

The Arboretum at Flagstaff 2017 
Docent Training Program
Gain knowledge, Give back
Every Wednesday, March 1 - April 19 from 10am - 2:15pm
March 1 - 29 classes will be held at Coconino Cooperative Extension
April 5 - 19 classes will be held at the Arboretum at Flagstaff

What is an Arboretum docent?
As trained volunteers, docents assist with public tours, school field trips, and community programs
taking place at The Arboretum. Docents are valued members of The Arboretum community and the
“front-line” of the work that we do to educate and inspire all visitors.

Located on 200 acres, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a nonprofit organization and home to 750 species of
plants in gardens, greenhouses, and natural habitats. We support the community as a research and
conservation center, outdoor education facility, summer camp, and unique venue for retreats and
special events.

For information contact Shannon Benjamin at or see Volunteer | The Arboretum at Flagstaff

Friday, December 2, 2016