Flagstaff Sunday Market Booth July 2014
Ed Skiba and Irene Matthews
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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Garden Clean-up Raffle

Thanks to Molly Larsen and all those who helped with the "Garden Clean-up Raffle". More than $2000 was raised to assist master gardener projects in 2015. The winners of the two prizes were:  Carole Mandino (ticket sold by Michele Lytle) and Melanie Lembke (ticket sold by Debi Stalvey). The clean-up crews will meet and schedule October days for the work by Master Gardeners from Coconino County. The two lucky winners will get three hours of yard/garden work done by five master gardeners; that’s 15 hours of labor!   A load of aged horse manure is also available for delivery to the winners which can be spread by the workers. Thanks go also to those who purchased tickets for this first time event. I guess I will have to plant my own bulbs after all!

Loni Shapiro
Chair MG Projects and Finance committees

Garden Visits 2014

Hi Everyone-We have another visit this weekend, see below.  Unfortunately I don't have another lined up.  If you know someone or want to offer your own garden please let me know.  Thanks Christine and Duncan Orr for having us last weekend, it was awesome.  The following is what  Christine sent me regarding some of your questions.  See you Sat.  Debi 699-3504

> So…. the name of the powder coating business is Iron Horse Coatings, 1300 S. Thompson St., Set. B and the # is 774-3700. Doug and son, Matt are the owners and really nice people. Good communicators and that counts for a lot in business today! Our 6 pieces were completed in a very timely way.
> Catalog for my favorite self-watering containers for annuals, peppers and tomatoes: Gardeners”s Supply Company, gardeners.com I like their large 17” square containers better than the Earth Box or the one Warners sells. They also make a 15” square one. Pricey but watch for the price reduction sale when buying at least 2. They come with casters and the system to tell you when to water is great!

Sept 13th 10am:Jackie Clark-Foxglen
The yard is fairly mature. The bones were there when we bought the house 14 years ago. We have added and subtracted over the years. The yard is a series of gardens, separated by paths. We added a flagstone patio and a small lawn this year which greatly added to our enjoyment of the space.
1627 N Owl (Foxglen).  Take 4th St to Butler. Left on Butler. Left at the light onto Foxglen. Right (after the condos) onto DeerCrossing. Left immediately onto Owl. We are on the left at the end of the block.

Gardens for Humanity Fall Workshops

What to Plant in a Fall Garden
Saturday, September 13th
Sedona Pro-Build Garden Center
2385 Hwy 89A, West Sedona 
Hands-on Biodynamic
Compost Building Workshop 
Sunday, September 14th
At the biodynamic farm of Joshua Capy in Cottonwood. Directions provided upon registration. Limited to 15 participants. $10
Check out their site for details

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Master Gardener Picnic for 2014

See attached link for details on the Annual Picnic at Fort Tuthil Navajo Ramada on Sept. 7 - 4/6pm.

Native Plant Society Flagstaff Chapter Monthly Meeting and Walk

Evening Program

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.: Susan Lamb, “Common Grasses of the Ponderosa Forest”
Naturalist Susan Lamb will offer an introductory evening program with an illustrated talk and hands-on exercise in identifying specimens of our local grasses commonly found in ponderosa forests.
Susan Lamb is a member of the Arizona Native Plant Society and serves on the Board of The Arboretum at Flagstaff. She originally came to northern Arizona to serve as Desert View District Naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park, where she acquired a lasting curiosity and affection for regional plant communities. Susan keeps a yearly almanac of over two hundred native plant species in the Flagstaff area.
Our field trip at The Arboretum at Flagstaff will be a chance to identify these spectacular grasses in context.

Field Trip

Saturday, September 20, 9:00-11:00 a.m.: Grasses at The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Limited to twenty participants. Register by calling The Arboretum at 928-774-1442. All field trip participants will receive handouts with illustrations and narrative descriptions of each grass. To carpool, meet at the Downtown Transfer Center on Phoenix Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Otherwise, meet at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, 4001 South Woody Mountain Road at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, September 5, 2014

50th Anniversay of the Wilderness Act Hikes in the Coconino National Forest

The Coconino National Forest will be hosting four hikes in local Wilderness areas every Sunday throughout the month of September. September 3rd 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the signing of   the Wilderness Act in 1964. This Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System,         outlining areas of public land that should be saved from development and human interference. These areas are left untouched for the enjoyment of the American people, with opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. Come out and enjoy the lasting effects of this great legacy!

Sunday, September 7 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Inner Basin Beauty.
Enjoy the mixed conifer forest, Basque aspen carvings and the beauty of the Peaks with USFS interpretive rangers in this high elevation, moderate to strenuous hike from Lockett Meadow to the Inner Basin.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes, carry water and bring lunch. Meet at the bottom of Lockett Meadow road to carpool up. For more information: 928-527-8283. 

Sunday, September 14 7:30 am-1:00 pm. Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Humphreys Saddle. Are you ready for a challenging wilderness hike with USFS Interpretive Rangers? This climb to Humphreys Saddle will begin at 9,200’ and end at 11,800’ and will be strenuous! Sturdy hiking shoes, food and water are essential. To be part of this uplifting experience, e-mail flaghiker@yahoo.com for more information.  

Sunday, September 21 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, Fire Tower Lookout.  Come out and hike to one of the highest points in northern AZ. Led by Wilderness Ranger Dutch Maatman and Interpretive Ranger Chelsea Schroeder. Uncover the    history of the area, including the 2000 Pumpkin Fire. End the hike at the fire lookout on the summit with spectacular views. Difficulty: Strenuous. Take Hwy 180 north and turn left onto FR 245. At end of rd. (3 miles) turn right onto FR 171.  Meet at Kendrick   Mountain Trailhead off of FR171. 928-527-8283.

Sunday, September 28 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Strawberry Crater Wilderness, More Than Meets the Eye. Moderate 2.5 miles over the exotic landscape of Strawberry Crater, one of the area’s     youngest volcanoes. Meet 16 miles north on Hwy 89 where FR 546 turns off east. High   clearance vehicles recommended. Bring water and snacks. 928-527-8283.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CMGA Fall Garden Clean-up Raffle


Do you  get overwhelmed by autumn chores in the yard before a freeze occurs?  Would you like all those leaves or pine needles to disappear?  How about the spring bulbs you bought that are waiting to be planted?  Or the beautiful summer flowers that need to be cut back for winter?  CMGA is sponsoring a raffle fundraiser this summer to help with grants to local organizations wishing to develop, maintain, or beautify gardens.  Two lucky winners will get three hours of yard/garden work done by five master gardeners; that’s 15 hours of labor!   A load of aged horse manure is also available for delivery to the winners which can be spread by the workers.

Tickets are being sold for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 by master gardeners.  The drawing will be held September 7 with the winners notified by phone.  Saturday, Oct. 4 is the scheduled work day with a bad weather date the following Saturday, Oct. 11.  This raffle is available to all city residents as well as Kachina Village, Mountainaire, TImberline/Fernwood, Doney Park, Fort Valley and Forest Highlands.

For more information and for tickets, call the Extension Office at 928-774-1868, ext. 190.  Thank you for supporting this fundraising event, and Good Luck!
Molly Larsen and Hattie Braun


Monday, September 1, 2014

15th Annual Highlands Garden Conference

Harmony in the Highlands:
Gardening with Nature
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Optional activities on October 24th
Prescott Resort & Conference Center
1500 State Route 69
Prescott, AZ
Come hear the usual great speakers for the conference, visit with many gardeners from high elevation areas, and just have fun. See attached link registration form for details. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Grand Canyon Trust Workshop

Hi friends,

The monsoon season has been satisfying and as fall begins to show its face, we here at the Grand Canyon Trust are gearing up for a final workshop at our historic homestead. Please share with your networks.

Urban Land Stewardship Workshop

Last month many of you came out to help with and learn about composting science, weed management, and urban landscaping principles. Thank you! The native plants we planted are doing great, the paths are inviting, and the sunflowers keep on thriving! Our upcoming workshop will be Friday, September 5th, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 6th, 9 p.m. - 3 p.m.  We will be partnering with our friends at TerraBIRDS for another round of learning, planting, and landscaping! Click here to register for the workshop. Click here for a link to our location. If you are planning to come to both days, please register for both. 

Following our workshop, we will gather for a community BBQ potluck at the Homestead on Saturday, September 6th at 6 p.m. to celebrate our work and the mighty Colorado River during the week-long Colorado River Days event. Bring a dish and a story to share. Please RSVP if you will be attending this evening event.

Hope to see you - enjoy the rain!

Your friends at Grand Canyon Trust

Friday, August 29, 2014

Native Plant Walk at Willow Bend



Learn about the traditional uses of plants in the native gardens that surround Willow Bend in the County's Sawmill Park. All experience levels are welcome. Ethnobotanist Mike Masek is offering this guided walk as a fundraiser for Willow Bend. Your generous donation is much appreciated.  Drop in at 5 pm when the walk begins.

Riordan Mansion Workdays

Forward from Dave Brimhall (brimhall.dave@gmail.com)
Good morning everyone!
Just wanted to Thank Charlotte one more time for her amazing leadership and vision on the Riordan Project.  Charlotte, you have become such a good friend and part of our community.
We will truly miss you.  Good luck in Sacramento and come back to visit us often!
I will be out of town the first two weeks of August so let me put out the schedule for the rest of the 2014 season.
Friday Aug 29th
Friday Sept 12th
Friday Sept 26th
Friday Oct 10th
Friday Oct 24th
We will meet at 9:30 and generally work until 1:30.  You are welcome to come for all or some of the time.  Any time you can give really helps.
I am unable to work at Riordan on Saturdays but anyone can go and help out at any time.  Just call me and I'll give you some ideas of things that need to be done.  699-3331
Thanks for all you do!
 Update from Dave 8/27

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 8/14/2014

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 8/14/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
 6:30pm - 6:40pm             Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet
                                              Brief review of agenda for the evening               
 Announcements               Meeting Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
                                              Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting
                                              Prize:  A book ‘The Complete Book of Herbs’ and a Ginger Mint Plant

                                              Garden Clean-up raffle - Turn in sales during break to Molly Larson
                                              Aprons – See Loni Shapiro during break to purchase MG Apron
 6:40pm - 6:45pm             Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
 6:45pm - 7:45pm              Continuing Education
                                              Rachael Edelstein
                                              Edible and Poisonous Northern Arizona wild mushrooms

15 minute break 
 7:45pm - 8:00pm              Refreshments – Cheryl Bridgman and Hunter Kemmet
                                              and Raffle Prize Drawing  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Greywater Systems for the Homeowner Class

Hello fellow Flagstaff Plant People!
We are hosting another free class and need help spreading the word. Josh Robinson will be coming to town to teach a permaculture class at NAU, and he has also accepted our invitation to teach a class at our nursery while he is here.

Greywater Systems for the Homeowner
Wednesday, August 6, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed Nursery400 E Butler Ave
(928) 773-9406

Josh Robinson will teach us how to lessen our potable water use by harvesting greywater!
Simple, low cost, permit free systems. Demystifying greywater for the home owner.
No reservation required. Limited seating (plenty of standing room), so bring a lawn chair if you have one! Extra parking on Elden side street.

Here is a link to the event on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/286884654817753/

Friday, August 1, 2014

NPS/USFS Ranger Walks and Talks

Ranger Walks and Talks

 Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10  10:00 am-4:00 pm

NPS/USFS Interpretive Partnership
Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride.       The grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet elevation.        928-779-1951. www.arizonasnowbowl.com.   Sunset Saturdays continue on August 9 with extended hours. The lift will operate each Saturday in   August from 10 am to 6 pm. Purchase a full priced chairlift ticket between 3 and 6 p.m. and receive a   complimentary BBQ. For those not riding the lift, BBQ tickets will also available for purchase.     
Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events
Sunday, August 10  9:00 am-12:00 pm. Sandy’s Canyon. NPS Rangers Bill & Ellen  Wade show you the beauty and diversity of  this south Flagstaff  canyon formed by Walnut Creek. Hike descends through shady  woodland to a sunny trail. A moderate 4.5 mile hike out and  back to Fisher Point. Meet at the north end of the parking lot for  Canyon Vista Campground, 6 miles out Lake Mary Road.  You’ll need a hat, snack and water. 928-527-8283.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

100 Year Celebration of Cooperative Extension

Jim Mast Arizona Centennial Cooperative Extension Honoree
On Thursday, July 24th, Hattie Braun took a bunch of master gardeners to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Cooperative Extension. We headed to Happy Jack and the V-V Ranch. We spent the day there listening to many of speakers from the U. of A. and Arizona State talking about the founding of the extension and its goals for the future. Dr. Jeff Silvertooth the Director of the Arizona Cooperative Extension was the 1st to speak. Each county awarded recognition to people who had been instrumental in their extensions. From Coconino County Tom DeGomez recognized several people you might know - William Brechan, Ernest Chilson, H. Stuart Houston, Jim Mast, Herb Metzger, Bob and Judy Prosser, and Beth Tucker. In addition there were three wonderful talks in the morning about Forest Health (Tom DeGomez), Tree Ring Lab (Dr. Paul Sheppard), and the Arizona Climate Lab (Dr. Mike Cremmins). They all covered the history and outlook for the future. We had a great lunch provided by the V-V and in the afternoon attended some breakout session. I attended one on Home Canning, went for a horse and wagon ride, and finished up with Native American Food Production. All in all it was a wonderful day. The next event in this anniversary celebration is in Oct. at the Phoenix Zoo. Look for upcoming details and think about attending. We should all be very proud of being part of a long time successful program that helps many people have better lives in a variety of ways. Attending help me understand all the other parts of the Extension beside the Master Gardener Program.

Thanks to Hattie for encouraging us to be part of this celebration and for getting us there.
Loni Shapiro

Weeding for the Schultz Fire area

Greetings Volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers to help the Research Department at The Arboretum go to people's houses in the Schultz fire flood area and help pull weeds! We would love your help with this great cause! If you are available, please email Sheila Murray at sheila.murray@thearb.org
This event will take place on Thursday, August 7th and Friday, August 8th from 8am-11am both days

We will be meeting at the Walmart parking lot, and have a shuttle to Doney Park and back.
Thank you!

Kim Helfinstine
Volunteer Coordinator
The Arboretum at Flagstaff
(928) 774-1442 ext. 127

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Invasive Weed Workshop Arboretum at Flagstaff

Come join us for a FREE Invasive Weeds Workshop for a Post-Fire Flood Zone-2 with presenters, Kris Haskins and Sheila Murray at The Arboretum at Flagstaff on August 9th from 9am-12.  Please see attached flyer.  If you would like to register, please contact Kris Haskins at kristin.haskins@thearb.org 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Killip School Garden Volunteering

Hi All -

I hope that everyone is having a great week.  I am back from New Jersey and working in the garden.

 Before I left last week, Haggar and Gili were very helpful in getting the edge outside along the fence weeded and mulched.  We also started digging the rows in the center.

We had our first grade-level tour in the garden with all of the first graders coming out to learn the garden rules and check out what is growing.  They are working on an experiment in which they plant seedlings indoors and then compare them with the mature plants out in the garden. 

Here are the hours for this week:
Allison Baker and I are hosting a garden work party this Friday, August 6 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Please let me know if you will be attending.
Hope to see you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Flagstaff Tour of Artists' Gardens

[Attachment(s) from Dorothy Lamm included below]
Greetings, All,
You may want to put this event on your calendar.
Posted by
D. Lamm
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This is a Master Gardener co-sponsored event.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Arizona Native Plant Society

Hello, Everyone,

Great news!  AZNPS Phoenix Chapter President Cass Blodgett was nominated by the Conservation Alliance for the 2014 Cox Conserves Conservation Hero Award.  Recently he was chosen as one of three finalists for this big award.  His nomination was based in large part on his outstanding work for the Alliance as a lead citizen botanist, and also for his volunteer work for AZNPS, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and other organizations. 
As one of the three finalists, Cass has already been awarded $2,500 which will be donated to AZNPS!  Now an online vote will be taken to determine the final winner.  If Cass wins the final vote, and additional $7,500 will be donated to AZNPS. 
Here is the information needed to vote:
Please go to http://coxconservesheroes.com/arizona/finalists.aspx  and view Cass' short video and then vote. 
Read more about the Cox Conserves program here:  http://coxconservesheroes.com/
The deadline for voting is July 31, 2014, but please vote now while you have this email open.  I did.  It took less than 15 seconds to vote. 
Posted by
D. Lamm for
Doug Ripley

Friday, July 11, 2014

Northland Hospice Day at Warners

Northland Hospice Benefit Day

Join us Saturday, July 19th, for Warner’s Annual “Hospice Day”!
Northland Hospice has been providing support and care for Northern Arizona families since 1983. Their mission is to prepare patients and families for end of life experience, by offering physical, emotional, and spiritual support and comfort. When you support the mission of Northland Hospice, you help give terminally ill people the opportunity to spend the end of their lives peacefully, meaningfully, and without pain.
Warner’s Nursery is a proud, long-time supporter of Northland Hospice, including the Olivia White Hospice Home Gardens, an ongoing project that includes a Memorial garden for all to enjoy.
During Warner’s Hospice Day, you can help support the Olivia White Hospice gardens and contribute to your own garden at the same time, with a little help from Warner’s. 10% of our profits of the day’s sales will be contributed directly to the Olivia White Hospice garden project.
So come join us this Saturday to help support a very worthwhile cause, and feel good about doing a little something to spruce up your own yard!

Photo: Need some flowers or possibly a tree? Stop by Warner's Nursery & Landscape Co.on Saturday, July 19th and help hospice grow!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting and Walk

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: Vera Markgraf, “Botanical Assessment of Springs in Coconino County
Dr. Vera Markgraf earned advanced degrees at universities in Switzerland and Germany. She has done extensive field work on riparian ecosystems in Latin America and contributed to many articles and books on paleo-environments and climate change. Now adjunct faculty at NAU, she has held research and teaching positions in Switzerland, France, Australia, Colorado, and the University of Arizona. Vera generously volunteered her expertise in plant identification, geomorphology, and the vegetation dynamics of wetlands during a recent, multiyear inventory of 200 springs on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests.
Vera will present on the botanical assessments of springs in Coconino County. 
Saturday, July 19, 2014: Field Trip to Hoxworth SpringThis beautiful restored complex of springs and wetlands promises to be lush, green, and flowery in July. The springs are a quarter-mile walk from the parking area on Forest Road 296, 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff.
Carpooling is strongly recommended. Meet at the Credit Union at 8:30 a.m., as described above. The hike should not last beyond noon.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 7/10/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet
                                              Brief review of agenda for the evening               
                                             Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
                                             Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business 
  Prize:  Butterfly weed plant
                                             MG – NEED VOLUNTEERS
1.       Garden Clean-up raffle – Molly/Hattie
1.       Need yard clean-up volunteers
2.       Sell Tickets
2.       Garden Tours – Loni
1.       The Flagstaff Tour of Artists gardens Saturday July 26th.
§  Colleen Tucker looking for volunteers
Post flyers in community
3.       Arboretum (Plant Sale & Penstemon Festival) Saturday July 12thHunter/Hattie
1.       Need one more volunteer
6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
6:45pm-7:30pm               Continuing Education
  1.       Hattie Braun, History of the Extension in Arizona - then
  2.       Gail Morris, Creating Monarch Waystations and Butterfly Gardens

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Herb Festival

On Sunday, July 29, at 10am, the Arboretum at Flagstaff will hold a Herb Festival. Contact them to register (www.thearb.org). Attached is a link to a flyer.

Speaker for July 10, CMGA Meeting

Speaker for July CMGA Meeting

Gail Morris is a Maricopa Master Gardener,  project coordinator for Southwest Monarch Study www.swmonarchs.org/ and Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watchwww.monarchwatch.org/.  The title of her talk is ‘Creating Monarch Waystations and Butterfly Gardens’.   Monarch waystations are refuges that provide resources necessary for monarch butterflies and their offspring when they make their annual migration. She will also talk about attracting and providing habitat for other butterflies. 

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

Native Plant Society

Greetings Arizona Native Plant Society member,

The latest beautiful edition of The Plant Press has arrived!  Please click on the link below, or copy and paste it into your address bar and enjoy!  If you save it to your own computer, it's also easier to read at your leisure.   We hope everyone is enjoying summer, and staying cool!


As always, feel free to contact me with questions about your membership anytime.


Claire McLane
Administrative Assistant
Arizona Native Plant Society

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Volunteer Needed - Sunshine Rescue Mission Garden

One Master Gardener wanted for help at the Sunshine Rescue Mission.  We have 2 raised vegetable gardens at the Dorsey Manor location that need attention during the growing season.  We work on the gardens on Fridays, from 3 pm until 5 pm.  Dorsey Manor is located at 3 Cottage avenue on the corner of Cottage and Leroux.  Contact Jeff Best at (928) 853-6765

Straw Bale Gardening

On Thursday evening at our monthly meeting, Sue Madden presented "Straw Bale Gardening". Several people were interested in the formula for"conditioning" and others in the PowerPoint presentation. Below is the formula and a link to the PowerPoint.

If you are interested in learning more about Straw Bale Gardening there is a book titled "Straw Bale Gardening" by Joel Karsten,  Cool Springs Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2013. Cost is about $20 - less on Amazon. It has suggested crops and further detail.


 Link to PowerPoint

Loni shapiro

Friday, June 13, 2014

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 6/12/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet gave a brief review of agenda for the evening              
Raffle Drawing Prize was Eatable landscape book won by Sue Madden
MG Project Grant Presentations – Loni Shapiro presented checks to some of the organizations present. Mountain School $300, Pioneer Museum $250, Pinon Community Garden $250, Killip Elementary School $103.50 and Lowell Observatory $529.
Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
Continuing Education Sue Madden, Master Gardener was our guest speaker, presenting - Straw Bale Gardening.  She was born and raised in the “I’ve got black garden soil and I can grow anything” state of Montana, Susan now lives in the Flagstaff “suburb” of Munds Park, where she was a part-tine resident for 18 years and now has been a full-time resident for 9 years.  Prior to retirement, Susan lived in the Tempe area and worked at Arizona State University for 25 years. She is a master gardener and was a member of the 2012 winter class.  Susan volunteers at the Pinewood Fire Department where she maintains flower gardens designed and built as a trainee project along with Debbie Banta and Joy Salazar.  She also is a board member of the Pinewood Fire wise Team, and a certified member of the Coconino County CERTS group.
Refreshments by – Leslie Penick and Charlotte Dodgson
Raffle Drawing – Our last month’s winner was Lina Wallen
[Attachment(s) from Dorothy Lamm included below]
The Arboretum has sent this information about an interesting summer opportunity.  
Summer field workers, lab assistants, and volunteers are needed for a butterfly study.  This involves a stipend!!  Please read the attachment for details.
Dale Halbritter, a PhD student in Entomology from the University of Florida is investigating the ecology and biogeography of two unique mountain butterflies in Arizona. He will be traveling to the Flagstaff area on July 12th and is in need of some help with his field work though mid August. He will be staying most nights at the Merriam-Powell Research Station near The Arboretum and will have some lab space set up there. 
He would like to recruit at least two volunteers: 1 to accompany him in the field and help collect butterflies, and 1 to take care of the captive butterflies in the lab while he is away in the field. He has some small cash stipends for volunteers. 
Attached is the flyer! If you are interested, please email Dale at dhalb001@gmail.com 
Thank you!
Kim Helfinstine
Volunteer Coordinator
The Arboretum at Flagstaff
(928) 774-1442 ext. 127

Weed Out Party

Hi everyone,
You're invited to a Weed Out Party at the SFDA Church -
Saturday 14th. June from 7[Hattie Braun] :00 till 9:30AM. 

We'll be starting a little early in the morning before it becomes too hot.  This week we are targeting Dalmatian toadflax, Diffuse knapweed, Cheatgrass and Yellow clover. As always, our experts, Dorothy Lam and Dan Deveer will be available to help identify the weeds.
Thank you weed warriors, who came, for your hard work last month.  We pulled 11 huge bags full.  If you've driven past the area that we weeded last month you will notice the pretty wild flowers emerging along the north-east and east parking lots.
If you're coming please remember to wear sun-block, bring your hat, gloves, a drink bottle and a hand tool for digging.
We will have water and a snack available on site.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.
... many hands make light work,
You are Loved,
-   Valerie

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 6/12/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm-6:40pm Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet
                                                Brief review of agenda for the evening               
                                             Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
                                                Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting
Prize:  Eatable landscape book
6:30pm-6:40p                 MG Project Grant Presentations – Loni Shapiro
o   Mountain School $300
o   Pioneer Museum $250
o   Pinon Community Garden $250
o   Killip Elementary School $103.50
o   Lowell Observatory $529
6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
6:45pm-7:30pm Continuing Education
Sue Madden, Master Gardener
Straw Bale Gardening
7:30pm-7:55pm Refreshments – Leslie Penick and Charlotte Dodgson
7:55pm-8:00pm Raffle Drawing – last month’s winner was Lina Wallen

Monday, June 2, 2014


Greetings, All,  
Ever since 2010 the Master Gardeners and AZ Native Plant Society members have been fighting a battle with Diffuse knapweed at the Pioneer Museum.  All I can say is WE ARE WINNING THAT BATTLE.  Thank you, weed warriors, so much.  
A few days ago I checked the grounds, and there is still work to do, but nothing like the 20 huge, heavy bags a day and that we were removing during at least 5 weed outs a year.  
Let's get 'em while they're young!!  Two weed outs are planned - Saturday, May 31 and Friday, June 6; both days from 9 until noon.  Come when you can, and leave when you must.  (MGers, this project will count toward your volunteer hours!!)  We will talk about weed identification and proper weeding techniques to reduce disturbance to the soil. 

Please bring your favorite weeding tool, in this case a small shovel works very well, sunscreen, hat, gloves, a long sleeve shirt to protect from the sun, maybe a snack, and WATER.  I will provide bags, so the grounds look nice for visitors and festival-goers.  
I hope to see many of you at the Pioneer Museum, 2340 North Fort Valley Road, right next to Sechrist Elementary School.  
Dorothy Lamm 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting & Walk

Tuesday, June 17, 2014: Kirstin Olmon and Susan Lamb, “Nature’s Notebook”
Kirstin and Susan will introduce Nature’s Notebook, a national program in which amateur and professional naturalists track local phenology: the emergence and blooming of plants and the behavior of birds and other animals, including insects. The program engages individuals, educators, and community groups in learning about local plants and animals and contributing to science. These long-term observations of plants and animals generate data for scientific discovery and decision-making.
Kirstin Olmon is a botany research assistant at the Museum of Northern Arizona. She is the manager of the McDougall Herbarium and curator of the living roof atop the Easton Collect Center.  She is a recent graduate of the botany master’s program at Northern Arizona University and has worked as a field botanist for the Diablo Trust’s Integrated Monitoring for Sustainability Program and the Grand Canyon Trust. 
Susan Lamb is the local author of over two dozen books on natural history. She originally came to northern Arizona to serve as Desert View District naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park, where she acquired a lasting curiosity and affection for regional plant communities. Susan keeps a yearly almanac of over two hundred native plant species in the Flagstaff area.