Coconino Master Gardener Association

2015 Flagstaff Home & Garden Show
Coconino Master Gardener Booth
Photo by Tammy Valdovino
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!

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Volunteer Opportunity

Need volunteers to help!
Colton Community Garden 

Saturdays, 9am - 11am (however, this Saturday May 23rd will be from 11am - 1pm)

Activities include:  Building raised beds with Kim's Costion's lasagna techniques, putting up burlap along fence line to obstruct praise dog views, laying down chicken wire at bottom of beds, and planting

Contact Lissa Buyske - 928-300-0007

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CMGA Summer Garden Tours

The Coconino County Master Gardeners are planning two garden tours this year. The one on July 25th is open to the public, and the other on the September 18th is in conjunction with the gardening conference.
Do you have any great gardens to suggest for consideration?  We have a few lined up, but need more. We could use one in University Heights or nearby, or two that are nearby each other. The September tour will start at Warner's, so we would like three gardens in the Continental or Amberwood area.   
If someone is willing to suggest their garden for consideration, I will go out for a visit, take some photos, and explain how the particular tour would work. The committee will make the final decision on the gardens for the tours. 
Thank you.
Colleen Tucker 

Gardening Gone Wild

If your like me your spending too much time in the garden at this time of the year, and your body  is reacting to it.  In my case, my back is telling me to rest and slow down. I found this article by Fran Sorin filled with great ideas. "10 tips for and benefits of gardening in 30 minutes" -
I tried some of Fran's ideas and I found I got more done and enjoyed it more. We are all busy and often when in the garden rush to get things done, and therefore don't reek the benefits. Try some mindful gardening!
Check out this web site for more ideas and great photography.

Loni Shapiro

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership Events May 22-25

Subject: NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership Events May 22-25

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
May 29-May 31, 2015
NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership

Campground Programs
· Bonito Campground, Friday, May 29
8:00-8:45 pm. The Ways and Whys of the Universe. Come join a ranger at the amphitheater for a 45  minute chat and star viewing, and discover the wonders of our universe that have
captivated people’s curiosities since the Stone Age.

· Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, May 30
3:00-3:45 pm. Nature Walk. Join a ranger for a family-friendly 1/2 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail. No dogs please. Meet at the amphitheater.

· Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, May 30
8:00-8:45 pm. That Stinks! Skunks in Nature. What should you do if you encounter a skunk in nature? Come to find out more about these animals so you can protect yourself and your pets and learn how to reduce the risk of getting skunked. At the campground amphitheater.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gardens for Humanity Event/Educational Program

What Can the Cottonwood Head Start Demonstration Garden Teach us About Sustainability?
Flyer Head Start Garden

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 5/14/15

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 5/14/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:35pm        Welcome – Jim Mast, President

Announcements          Meeting Raffle
o   $1 each or 6 for $5 (book and toilet paper rolls)
o   Drawing held after refreshments

6:35 – 6:40pm             Introduction of Speaker – Ed Skiba

6:40pm – 7:45pm        Continuing Education – Jim Mast - Vegetable Gardening in a
                                    Small Space - Community Garden
Jim talked about growing vegetables in a 4 x 20 ft. community garden space. He and his family gardened at the Juniper St. Community Garden which is behind the church. Fees per year are $35 and there is one plot left for this season. He covered starting in April through finishing at the end of Oct. The work included testing and amending the soil, planting seeds and plants (some crops seeded 3 times), amendments and fertilizing, use of season extenders, and tips for getting a good harvest. Jim also added some tips on growing tomatoes at home in pots. If you were unable to attend or want more detail info on products check out Jim's web site (
Bed before amending soil
In August after planted and grown
7:45 – 8:00pm             Refreshments and Raffle Drawing
                                    Thanks to Andrea Guerrette and

Friday, May 15, 2015

Native Plant Society Monthly Talk and Walk

Climate change represents a huge threat to southwestern species and ecosystems. Yet in our public sphere it's hard even to get some people to acknowledge that it might be happening—let alone do anything about it. Why is this issue so hard to grasp? Rooted in contemporary social science research, this presentation will take a look at why climate change represents such a challenge at the political and even psychological level. 

Here is your reminder for the May walk.
The Slide Fire walk on Saturday, May 23 does not have to be postponed because of all the lovely rain we've been having.  Here are the plans:   
On Saturday, May 23, visit a Slide Fire location with Coconino Forest Botanist Debbie Crisp. Debbie has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Forestry, both from NAU.  She is the Coconino National Forest Botanist, and a member of several Burned Area Emergency Response Teams to evaluate post-fire conditions, including the Slide Fire team. 
There are always lots of interesting things to see in fire areas that we don’t find at any other time. 
Carpooling is required for this field trip. Meet at the Arizona State Credit Union at the corner of South Beaver Street and Butler Avenue at 9:00 am. We’ll be driving on dirt roads. 

Please bring the usual appropriate sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch, footwear, gear, and money for carpooling, and dress appropriately for the weather.
 Contact Dorothy Lamm for more information (

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Protect the Grand Canyon

Info from the Sierra Club about the Grand Canyon

Protect the Grand Canyon! Your opinion is needed NOW.Grand Canyon is threatened by a massive development outside its southern gate and a proposed expansion of the Grand Canyon Airport, to benefit the mega-development at Tusayan.
Your voice is necessary during the next few weeks to stop the airport expansion AND the massive commercial development it will support. Please attend one of the public meetings listed below and send in emails opposing these horrible plans. Thank you for caring about Grand Canyon!

1) Take Action: Oppose Airport "Upgrade" at Grand Canyon
A plan to funnel even more flights to Grand Canyon's south rim is advancing. Once again, the state of Arizona tells us that it is strapped for cash but wants to spend $2.3 million of state and local dollars -- and $22.8 million of federal dollars -- to dig more wells at and bring bigger jets to Grand Canyon National Park Airport. The plan will bring more noise, pollution, night lighting, and water depletion to the rim of Grand Canyon.
Please speak up on this issue! You can email Comments are due before 5 p.m. on May 26. Tell the Arizona Department of Transportation to invest our money in things that will benefit all of us, such as bike lanes and mass transit.
Download talking points at
View the entire transportation plan at
You can also participate in the ADOT Transportation Plan Hearing in Chino Valley:
* Friday, May 15 at 9:00 am at Town of Chino Valley Council Chambers, 202 North State Route 89, Chino Valley

Monday, May 11, 2015

San Francisco de Asis Volunteer Opportunity.

SFdA Love A Lot Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Invasive Plant Education & Eradication Demonstration (for new parish and community volunteers) and Weed Out - main culprits  are Diffuse Knapweed, Dalmation Toadflax, Mullein and Kochia.  Also helps to be able to  identify and protect native wildflower seedlings (including Gaillardia, Mexican Hat, Flax, Poppy, Primrose)   1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 am - 11am May through August or September (except July will be 2nd and 3rd Saturdays) and all Wednesdays from 4 -6pm.
    Bring your hat, water, gloves, sunscreen and favorite shovel or hand tool.  Trashbags, some tools and gloves available
  • Plan and Create a Demonstration Rock Garden along the south driveway. This is on a slope (one area with large rocks - other slopey area without) and could be a fun challenge. Need native plants and groundcovers who can survive without irrigation.  
Contact Valerie or Dot sfdalovealot@  or Dot 928-640-1955.
Address is 1600 E Route 66 - turn North off Route 66 at Ponderosa Parkway by Jiffy Lube follow the road up to the church.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Preventative Search and Rescue Training from the Flagstaff Ranger District


My name is Brian Poturalski and I work with the Forest Service at the Flagstaff Ranger District.  We have partnered with Friends of Northern Arizona Forest (FoNAF), a non-profit group to develop a Preventative Search & Rescue program for the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.  It’s my understanding that you have an interest to be involved with the program.

In a nutshell, the intent is to educate visitors about the unique challenges that hiking strenuous trails at high altitude can encounter and hopefully influence them to make good decisions. Volunteers will be present at popular trailheads like the Humphrey’s and Kachina trails during peak use periods such as weekends and holidays.  They will be dressed in official uniforms and conduct outreach at information tables as well as patrol points.  The will provide information on proper gear to be worn and on recognizing altitude sickness, staying hydrated, bringing the proper food, and being aware of weather conditions, especially the possibility of lightning.  Volunteers will also provide general information about the area including less challenging alternative trails, general wilderness information and ‘Leave No Trace’ ethics.

With that in mind, we have our initial training scheduled for Saturday, May 16 (9:30 am to 12:30 pm) at the Flagstaff Ranger District (5075 N. Hwy. 89) – located in east Flagstaff near the Mall.  I recognize this is short notice, but I’m hopeful that you and/or others you may know that might be interested can make the training (please share this as you see fit).  Our goal is to initiate the program the weekend of Memorial Day.  If you have any questions/comments please contact Laura James at 527-8260 or Finally, we will be sending out an agenda for the meeting early next week.

Kind regards,

Brian Poturalski
Recreation and Wilderness Staff Officer
Forest Service
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District
5075 N. Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FMC Courtyard Garden - volunteer opportunity!

Hi Master Gardeners,

I am looking for a few folks to help me with the fledgling courtyard garden at the FMC.This garden is in its' third season and is located on the third floor of the Women and Infants Center at the hospital. The courtyard is bound in by the sky-walk on one side and the Women and Infant unit on the other. All plants are grown in containers. It is a small piece of natural respite within the hospital and it has a good deal of potential for growth and design. This summer we are having a local artist, Karen Knorowski, mosaic a garden bench for us, which will add year round color. I am also hoping to add two moveable plantar/trellises and grow some ornamental gourds.
I am looking for 2-3 volunteers who would be able to spend @ .5 hours per week watering, deadheading, sweeping, checking the drip lines.... I especially need help in the summer months of June- September. Patients, families and staff are so thankful to have the space; it makes for a really positive volunteering experience!
Any volunteers have to go through the FMC volunteer orientation which is similar to the training the Olivia white Hospice volunteers must go through. If interested please contact me, Ann Brown at 938.863.8254 or

 Thanks, Ann

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Weed OUT!

A message from Dorothy Lamm
If you want lunch, please RSVP by May 3.  Hattie

Greetings, All,
Volunteers are needed at the Pioneer Museum and Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 9.

In 2010 volunteers from the Master Gardeners and AZ Native Plant Society began a sustained effort to eradicate a huge, dense population of Diffuse knapweed on the properties.  In the early years we gathered many times a year, and hauled out dozens of huge, heavy bags of weeds.  Thank you.

This year the job continues, but the invasive plants are under control and manageable, and two work days are likely all we will need.  We will "Get 'em when they're young."  We especially need Master Gardeners and AZ Native Plant Society members to lead the charge in small work groups and keep novices on track.  Can you help? 

A short orientation to Diffuse knapweed and a few other on-site invasive plants will begin the day, and proper eradication techniques will be demonstrated.  Information cards on non-native, invasive weeds will be made available to volunteers via email. 

WHENSaturday, May 9.  From 9 until noon. 
WHAT:  Invasive Plant Education and Weed-out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
WHERE:  Pioneer Museum and Coconino Center for the Arts on Fort Valley Road (Highway 180) next to Sechrist School. 
WHY:  So native plants can be restored to the area, and seeds will no longer be spread all over the city and county on the tires of visitors. 
WHAT TO BRING:  Shovel or hand trowel; gloves; water; mid-morning snacks; clothing appropriate to the weather,  sunscreen.  Wear closed-toe shoes.  If you like to rake, you can help to rake up and bag pine needles.
WHAT NOT TO BRING:  Lunch.  Lunch will be provided by the Flagstaff Family Food Center for those who want one. 

RSVP:  If you would like the lunch, please respond to this email by Sunday, May 3, so we can order the correct number of lunches.  If you don't want the lunch, just show up. 

We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 9.  

Posted by D. Lamm  

Terra Birds

New post from Terra Birds

The Garden Start shares are officially SOLD OUT for 2015, but if you know of others that would like to sign up for a future year, have them send me an email at and I will put them on the mailing list and never miss out again. Also let them know that select varieties will be available for purchase at Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed and the Flagstaff Community Farmer's Market at the Flagstaff Foodlink Backyard Gardener Booth.
There are still plots available at the community gardens, please contact to learn more or to reserve a plot.
Also, many thanks for a great Seed Swap several weeks ago, I think that it was the biggest one yet and I saw many Garden Starts member there. Read more about the even at the Daily Sun article that came out on Thursday,
See below for other happenings around town, and have a great weekend! - Regan

Flagstaff Foodlink will again be hosting a Backyard Gardener Booth at the Flagstaff Community Farmer's Market. Have extra veggies that you would like to sell? Find us as at the market, sell your produce, and hang out with fellow growers. The idea is to spread the word that you can grow food in Flagstaff, despite our climate, and make a little extra cash on the side, and not have to bring your own tent and table. We hope to be there every weekend of the season. Please get in touch with Foodlink if you are interested in participating,
-There will be a film screening of Food Chains as part of Speak Up at Firecreek on Monday May 4th at 5:00 p.m.

-Local First will be hosting the next Balle Conference in Phoenix in June, it will includes sessions about food systems, there is still plenty of time to register, to learn more, go to:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Coconino County Parks & Recreation Volunteering

Make A Difference

Volunteers make a difference at Coconino County Parks & Recreation! Whether helping build trails or collect data on environmental resources, volunteers help us provide the best possible service to the public.
We have different ways for you to volunteer your time and talents. Let us know your talents and how you want to help. Check out our website for upcoming volunteer opportunities and to fill out an online application. Sign up today.

Citizen Scientists Help Parks

Coconino County Parks & Recreation is hosting its first BioBlitz, a coordinated community effort to gather environmental data in one location, on
Saturday, May 30. This year's BioBlitz is at Pumphouse County Natural Area near Kachina Village, south of Flagstaff. 

We're looking for Citizen Scientists of all ages to help gather information on bird diversity, wetland wildlife, and wetland plants. Learn more and sign up for the event

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Seeds, Seeds, Seeds

Native Seeds/SEARCH – Conserving Arid-Adapted Crops to Nourish a Changing World

If you are interested in supporting local seeds check out this web site:
It is the site  for Native Seed Search in Tucson. The site includes recent and upcoming events at their store and classrooms.  You can purchase seeds from their site. Yesterday was the celebration of the 45th Earthday. What better time to begin saving the seeds of the future.  In addition to the Seed Saving class being offered online from the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance on May 12,  the next Native Seed Search class will be offered in September 12-13 in Tucson. Watch for information on this site for local (Flagstaff) development of a Seed Library.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Keep Sedona Beautiful Sustainability Series

Putting Together the 
Pieces of Community Sustainably
A five Week Course 
April 9 thru May 7.  3:00 - 5:00 PM 
at Keep Sedona Beautiful
360 Brewer Rd., Sedona 
with Debra Emmanuelle

Sustainability has become a new buzz word that is getting more attention than ever before.  
Debra Emmanuelle Course Instructor
Debra Emmanuelle, 
Course Intsructor
Unfortunately, there are as many definitions as there are people using the term, resulting in a "green-washing" effect that is actually detracting from the deeper relevance of the meaning. 
If true sustainability is to become a reality, there must be a synthesis of agreement and a common plan at the community level that is based on a shared vision and shared values. 
In this course, we will dialogue about current challenges whose solutions lie in the implementation of foundational Sustainability Principles and Practices as well as number of tools that support effective implementation and follow through.  
This class is a group exploration of shared vision and value-sets that, when acted upon, turn the possibility of local sustainability into a local reality - starting with you! 
Pre-register online at or call Debra at (928) 282-8738 - $15.00 - $20 at the door.
Watch for further programs throughout the summer and fall - here is the link Upcoming series:

Future Classes in this Sustainability Series:
 Choosing and Eating Food With Sustainability In Mind - May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18
 Food Security: How Can We Ensure Local Food Sustainability? - August 13, 20, 27,
September 3, 10
 A New Perspective for Raising Our Children - September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15
Cost: $15.00 per individual class with pre-registration ($20.00 at the door)
 $60.00 - with pre-registration for full 5-week course
*Special discounts for members of Keep Sedona Beautiful, Gardens for Humanity
For more information and to pre-register contact Debra Emmanuelle at Green Papillon Alliance: or 928- 282-8738

12th Annual AZ Botany Meeting

Attached you will find the list of speakers and a registration form for the Native Plant Society's 12th Annual AZ Botany Meeting which will be held at MNA on April 25-26. The talks are the 25th, the field trips are the 26th. Contact Susan Holiday (, a local member of the AZ Native Plant Society for any questions you might have.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Article from Terroir Seeds Garden Log

Borage Flowers
I just read another interesting entry in the Terroir Seed's gardening log. It is about planting to help control one of our least favorite pests - aphids. Planting flowers that can encourage a beneficial such as borage may bring lacewings and planting sunflowers, dill, anise, and daisies can encourage Lady Bugs. Not to mention that they are all beautiful flowers. Borage flowers also look great in a salad and are eatable.
They also mention another favorite of mine - Maximillian sunflowers -  to use as a boarder to keep out invasive weeds from another property. They bring spectacular fall color long after everything else is gone.
Sign up with Terroir Seed and get these useful monthly updates.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Flagstaff Home and Garden Show

Volunteer Master Gardeners
Irene Matthews - Amy Caldwell
Photo by Tammy Valdovino
Thanks to all the master gardeners who helped with the Home and Garden Show. Many gave their time to set up and take down the beautiful display (see opening photo), others answered questions for visitors (614) to the booth, and we had many lend their garden expertise by providing lectures (15 for 282 people) on a variety of topics. Last of all thanks to Hattie Braun who spent most of her weekend making sure things were running well in addition to giving several lectures.

Great job!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Water Restrictions in Flagstaff

With the spring lawn and garden season coming up just as the weather turns dry, the city of Flagstaff is reminding residents to conserve water.
The city is currently at Stage 1 in its water conservation rules. There are three stages of water conservation rules that the city puts in place to conserve water as the weather gets drier.
The Stage 1 level is the lowest level and the city operates year-round at this level.
At this level, no watering of any kind is allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to avoid loss of water through evaporation. City residents and businesses with odd-numbered address can use automatic irrigation before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses are allowed to water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. There is no automatic irrigation allowed on Mondays.
Everyone can water by hand seven days a week before 9 or after 5. The city defines hand-watering as using a bucket or holding a hose to water plants. Hoses attached to sprinklers or running freely on a plant are not considered hand-watering.

For more info read the full article in the AZ Daily Sun by Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa

Monday, April 6, 2015

CMGA Meeting Agenda 4/9/15

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 4/9/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:35pm   Welcome – Jim Mast, President
Announcements   Meeting Raffle
o   $1 each or 6 for $5
o   Must be present to win
o   Drawing held after refreshments

6:35 – 6:40pm         Introduction of Speaker – Jim Mast

6:40pm – 7:45pm   Continuing Education – Ed Skiba, One Hole at a Time

                                                15 minute break

Upcoming Events for Gardens for Humanity for April

Grow Your Garden in Containers!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

New Post from TerraBIRDS

The greenhouse is getting full, and the starts are looking so healthy and amazing! We are going to start moving them outside so they will be ready for planting when you pick them up. Pictured below is red cabbage on the left and collards on the right.

There are still some shares left. Please get in touch with me if you want to register for this year.
Open House and Optional Seed Pick-up
For the second year, we're going to have an open house for 2015 Garden Starts CSA members only. It will be from 9am-12pm on Saturday, April 11 at the NAU greenhouse complex. Come and see where we grow your starts, talk to the folks who grow them, and meet the hard-working volunteers that make it all possible. John Taylor, the director of Terra Birds will be there too. This is your chance to get a behind the scenes tour of this operation and pick up your seeds! If you can not make it, you can pick up your seeds during the first pick up (information on pick-ups coming soon). Directions to greenhouse: We are #79 on the NAU map. Coming from the southwest on Pine Knoll, you will pass a bus stop on your left and then take a right onto a road marked by a blue sign that says greenhouse (among many other things). Once on this street, you'll climb a short hill before coming to the greenhouses and a little parking lot. You can see the greenhouse from Pine Knoll, if you come to a 4 way stop, you went too far. On Saturdays, you can park by the greenhouse, or in the large parking lot in front of the greenhouse without a permit.
Annual Seed Exchange
Also happening next Saturday is the NAU SSLUG and Flagstaff Foodlink are joining up again to host the Annual Seed Exchange from 2-4 pm at Mercado de los Suenos at 2532 E. 7th Ave. (in the Sunnyside neighborhood). This is a free event, and you do not have to have seeds to participate. Please bring envelopes for seeds and a pen/pencil. 
Enjoy your weekend,
Regan Emmons
Director of Grow Program
P.O. Box 605
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
(mobile) 808-344-0904

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PAPAZ Deaver Herbarium Volunteering

Greetings, All, 
PAPAZ mounting sessions will continue as follows: 
Thursday, April 16
Thursday, April 30 at 1:30pm at the Deaver Herbarium in Room 314.
No additional sessions will be scheduled during the summer months. 
Experienced and new helpers are all welcome.   Training will be provided. 
Deaver Herbarium is located in the Biological Sciences Building at 617 S. Beaver Street.  Parking is difficult on or off campus, so consider taking public transportation. The number 10 bus stop is right in front of the building.

For more information and to sign up, please contact Gisela Kluwin at (preferred) or phone 853-9462.

Posted by
D. Lamm
for G. Kluwin

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Flagstaff's Home and Garden Show

The Coconino Master Gardeners will have a booth again this year at the Home and Garden Show. The dates are April 10-12. The show is at NAU Fieldhouse and is free all 3 days this year. We will be doing our usual garden lectures each day. Here is the schedule:

Friday – April 10                                                              
Noon         Ed Skiba                   One Hole at a Time: Proven preparation tips for planting
1:00 PM    Jim Mast                  Just Tomatoes: Tips and techniques for growing tomatoes in Flagstaff
2:00 PM    Dorothy Lamm      Invasive Plants: Learn to identify and deal with invasive weeds
3:00 PM    Linda Guarino        Plant Propagation: How to multiply your plants through stem cuttings
4:00 PM    Matt Schmechtig  Pruning Trees, Shrubs and Perennials: Landscape pruning tips
                                                    and  techniques for the home gardener

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

I have been a volunteer with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)for more than 15 years. During that time I have worked for many non-profits and had great fun meeting many other seniors in Flagstaff. My work for them over the years has mostly been with gardening (the Arboretum) and the Senior Companion program. I did a 5 year stint with AARP Driver's Ed for seniors, and  recently with vets. Others work with educational programs for children. In the last couple of years their efforts have become more focused and include more gardening sites. Michele Lytle, who you may remember from the Extension Office is now heading up RSVP. She is a master gardener and has added some more gardening opportunities to their volunteer program.  I have learned that this program is important not only for those who are helped, but especially for those volunteering. Check out this great opportunity to hear more about it.

There is an information event to learn more about RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) a program of Senior Corps hosted by Northern AZ University.  The program is for those 55 and up. There are many focused volunteer opportunities which include Gardening, Education, and Helping Veterans and Military Families.  Join us to learn more about Senior Corps and RSVP!  This is at the U of A Cooperative Extension office on at 2304 N. 3RD St. on March 24th from 1030-1130am. I am attaching the flyer for you to post and share with friends.
Loni Shapiro
CMGA, Education Chair

"Gardening does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized." - Allen Armitage

Monday, March 16, 2015

CMGA Monthly Talk for March

Nichole Gregory
Photo by Tammy Valdovino
The CMGA would like to thank Nichole Gregory for giving her time for  a wonderful talk on Starting Seeds on Thursday. Nicole has been a resident of Flagstaff for the last 7 years. She took the MG Class in 2012 and has been avidly growing seedlings each spring ever since.  She spent the hour showing photos of her garden and seed starting. Indoors/outdoors/ and a combination were covered. She talked about all the needs for seedlings in detail - light, water, good soil, air, and fertilizer. One tip I learned about light is that it needs to be al around the plant not just on one side in a sunny window. This can best be accomplished by an overhead light (preferably florescent) and possibly using mirrors if you don't have this.

The best part of the talk for me was all the many aspects she covered on doing it sustainably. One tip was using a trays that are just seed flats from the nursery, or cardboard box tops for paper boxes (from the office) covered with a plastic trash bag, and secured with tape, so they are able to hold water. Then the cardboard rolls (toilet paper or paper towels), egg cartons, or paper cups are just lined up inside, filled with dirt and labeled. To water, pour the water into the tray and allow the plants to soak it up from the bottom

Toilet paper roll with a paper towel on
on the bottom held in place with a
Photos by Nichole Gregory

Last month, Kim Costian talked about soil and although she didn't discuss this, she is also a strong believer in watering seedlings from the bottom. Less problems with overwatering and less water is used. Nichole puts these little tubes directly in the ground when ready to transplant, as they will break down on their own. The less the roots are disturbed the better when transplanting.

One practical tip I learned was using a bit of garlic or chamomile in the water you use to start seeds. It is anti bacterial and may help prevent some of the dampening off by sterilizing the seed and medium. Another reminder about water was tepid - avoid cold or hot water and let it sit for 24 hours to decrease the chlorine content. Over watering and unsterile soil can also contribute to dampening off.

If you have any specific questions or problems you can contact her at

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 3/12/15

Nicole Gregory – Starting Seeds - Both indoor and outdoor seed starting techniques and discuss some common issues with starting seeds, such as dampening off.  Discussed seed selection, storage, and the different germination needs of particular seeds. Demonstrated how to make two types of seedling pots out of recycled containers, and offered suggestions for how to ensure the strongest seedlings possible. The presentation was generic in nature, but broadly applicable to many different types of seeds.
Business Meeting – Jim Mast
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
·         Conference
o   Clara Coleman conference keynote speaker.  Sept 19th.
·         Home Show
o   April 10, 11, and 12.  Set-up April 9th, tear-down April 12 and 13.  Still need a chair for this project.  This year will be free admission.  We will occupy 8 booths to accommodate talks.  Will not be at the Dome; it will be held at NAU Fieldhouse, located at 1050 S. Knoles Dr.
Financial report – Sue Madden
·         PayPal balance is $207.02.  We should transfer $188 to bank account, $60 aprons, $140 dues, $73 raffle,$20 donations, $46 calendars.  Current balance $5569.99 plus the PayPal balance.
Committee Reports:
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
  • JoAnn Alarcon has volunteered to be on this committee.  She will be working with Crys.
  • In the month of February, 24 people reported 262 volunteer hours and 35.25 education hours.  YTD hours are 310.5 volunteer and 66.75 education.  The discrepancy between what is reported and the YTD are because some of those hours were for 2014
Fund Raising – Debbie James
·         Fall clean-up –Gili Thomas will chair the fall clean-up
MG Projects – Jackee Alston and Gili Thomas
·         33 projects approved – on the blog
·         Starting a seed library; contact information is on the blog
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
·         Starting May 17th ending October 18th 
8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:                  April 9th - Ed Skiba – One hole at a time

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda March 2015

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 3/12/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm – 6:35pm               Welcome –Jim Mast

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                                             

6:35pm – 6:40pm               Introduction of speaker Loni Shapiro

6:40pm- 7:45pm                 Continuing Education - Nicole Gregory – Starting Seeds
15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm                  Refreshments provided by Laurel Grubb, Debi Stalvey and Irene Mathews
and Raffle Prize Drawing 

8:00pm - 8:25pm                Business Meeting – Jim Mast

MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
·         Conference
·         Home Show