Coconino Master Gardener Association

Even though these annuals are nestled against the relatively warm walls of a home, they will soon need to be covered with a sheet to prevent them from perishing during freezing nights.

Photo by Cindy Murray.
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 (1601 N. San Francisco). 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!

Event Calendar

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Flagstaff Sustainability Events

 Attached are 3 flyers from the Flagstaff Sustainability Department, that may be of interest for those gardeners who are also recyclers. The first is the annual Fix-it Clinic which will happen on Saturday October 10th, from 10am-2pm. Second is the Drop Off Day and Shred-A-Thon on Saturday October 24th. In addition to drugs you can bring any hazardous waste items such as batteries or paint. Last of all on October 15 at 1015am they are having an online contest for Flagstaff's 15 Minute Makeovers.

Events this year are with the covid virus in mind - outside, socially distanced, masks required. Check out the links for details.

Fix-it Clinic

Drop Off Day/Shred-A-Thon

Flagstaff's 15 Minute Makeovers

Friday, October 2, 2020

Native Plant Society Meeting

Tuesday, October 20, 7pm via Zoom Michelle Cloud-Hughes: ‘The horror of man and beast’: a relatively painless introduction to the Cylindropuntia (chollas) of Arizona Arizona has the highest diversity of Cylindropuntia (cholla) species in the U.S., however their prickly nature, generally similar appearance can make proper identification a challenge. In this presentation, I will provide a general overview of the cactus genus Cylindropuntia (chollas) and in-depth descriptions for the cholla species of Arizona. I will also discuss the most common naturally-occurring hybrids, along with recent genetic research and taxonomic changes. Michelle Cloud-Hughes is a botanist and restoration ecologist specializing in desert flora and ecosystems. She worked for the Soil Ecology and Restoration Group at San Diego State University from 1997 to 2013 and spent most of those years doing restoration work in the central Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin National Training Center. In 2010 she started her company, Desert Solitaire Botany and Ecological Restoration, and since then has been involved in many rare plant surveys and other botanical and restoration projects throughout the southwestern U.S and Mexico. She has been doing morphometric and genetic research on Cylindropuntia with Dr. Marc Baker of Arizona State University for over 10 years and loves sharing the results of that research at every opportunity. This presentation will be pre-recorded, and I will be available for questions both during and after in the chat rooms.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Plants for the People Plant Sale

Molly McCormick Plants for the People Great news! We got an update from the grower and can extend the order deadline until Sunday, October 4 at 5pm. We are thrilled to give you the weekend for careful garden planning. See the attached order form, download, add the number of plants you want to Column A and email back. The plants have hyperlinks to descriptions. More information about many of these plants here. Or just let us know what you want and we can add it to the order. Plants will be delivered sometime next week for pick up October 9-18 (this is also an update). We'll send out an email as soon as the plants arrive. For those of you who have already placed an order, we'll be in touch next week with your final order amount and delivery details. Feel free to share this email with your friends! 🍁 Happy Fall Gardening! Molly & Jeff 928-821-5100 Go to their site for plants and ordering.

Looking for Weeding Volunteers

 I'm putting together a Master Gardener volunteer event to help with an important project through MNA and The Arboretum to stop the spread of a nasty federally listed noxious weed, diffuse knapweed. 

Knapweed is beginning to outcompete many very cute native plants along the Flagstaff Urban Trail near Coconino HS. Luckily this population is still managble. Jan and I think that with some Master Gardener power we can help free our native plant friends from this nasty weed invasion! 

When: Saturday October 3rd, 2020
Where: Near Coconino HS along the Flag Urban Trail (FUTS)
Time: 8:00 am- 10:30 am (we will build native plant ID into this event!)

This will be an outdoor, spread out, socially distanced, masked event. Slots are limited so sign up early!

Please RSPV to Gayle Gratop ( by Thursday October 1

Bark Beetles in AZ Webinar


Bark Beetles in Arizona Webinar

Event Date October 01, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm

Online event link:


Signs, Symptoms, and Identification of Native and Non-native Bark Beetles

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series. A Zoom webinar (60-minutes or less) featuring a variety of horticultural and natural resource topics relevant to the environmental conditions and residential concerns of Gila County, Arizona.

Featured Topic: Bark Beetles in Arizona: Signs, Symptoms, and Identification of Native and Non-native Bark Beetles

Featured Speakers: Aly McAlexander is originally from Oregon. After graduating from high school, she attended Southern Oregon University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Ecology and Conservation. While an undergraduate, Aly worked as a seasonal wildland firefighter for the USDA Forest Service in Northern Washington. After graduating, Aly worked on a timber crew in Montana and Colorado. She received her Master’s degree in Botany in June of 2017 from Colorado State University. A majority of Aly’s coursework was focused on Forest Pathology; her thesis research was A survey of foliar fungal endophyte communities of Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine populations in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. After graduating Aly worked as the arborist for Manitou Springs Public Works. Then in the February of 2020 she was offered the position of Forest Health Specialist with Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Webinar Overview: This presentation is a general overview of the bark beetles found in Arizona. We will discuss both native and nonnative bark beetles found in Arizona; as well as go over the signs and symptoms associated with these beetles. By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to more accurately identify bark beetle infestations and determine which beetle is the culprit. We will also review management options and discuss the new Healthy Forests Cost Share Program the Department of Forestry and Fire Management is offering to private landowners.

Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative

Extension Zoom Link: Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Cost: Free

Registration: Not required


Christopher Jones, Extension Agent

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs


University of Arizona

Gila County Cooperative Extension

5515 S Apache Avenue, Suite 600

Globe, AZ  85501



Phone: (928) 402-8586


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

North American Native Plant Society Meeting


Greetings to all native plant enthusiasts:

The North American Native Plant Society (NANPS) invites you to our first-ever ZOOM AGM on October 24, 2020! Digital cross-pollination in this time of COVID grants us the wonderful opportunity to meet you and hear about what is happening with native plants in your local region across the continent. In this time of safely staying apart, we believe this is exactly the time to come together and share best practices and experiences and develop those connections that will hopefully grow and endure past the pandemic.

  Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Time: 1-3 p.m. EDT (2:30-4:30 p.m. NDT, 2-4 p.m. ADT, 12-2 p.m. CDT, 11a.m.-1 p.m. MDT, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT, 9-11 a.m. AKDT)

 Registration: free for members and non-members on (NANPS AGM 2020)

 Event Schedule:

 1:00-1:45 pm: Business part of meeting. All welcome to participate but only members can vote. 

 1:45-2:00 pm: Land acknowledgment and presentation about the organization and its activities. 2:00-2:45 pm: Moderated group chats from various regions across North America

2:45-3:00 pm: Native Plant Garden Video Contest and closing remarks.