Slide from Flagstaff Home and Garden Show presentation by Ed Skiba. "One Hole at a Time"
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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

NPS/USFS Ranger Walks and Talks

Ranger Walks and Talks
 July 25-July 26
NPS/USFS Interpretive Partnership

Arizona Snowbowl  Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27  10:00 am-4:00 pm. Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride. The  grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet elevation. 928-779-1951.
Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events  Saturday, July 26  9:00-11:30 am. Veit Spring Hike. Join interpretive rangers Bill & Ellen Wade for a 2.5 mile loop hike  through shaded forest on the southwest slope of the San Francisco Peaks. View petroglyphs and an old cabin  as you learn about the history of this beautiful area. Meet at the Veit Spring trailhead, 3.7 miles up Snowbowl  Rd from US Hwy 180. Free Snowbowl Scenic Chairlift tickets for first 20 participants. 928-637-5175.

Riordan Mansion Workdays and BBQ


Hi all,
The next work session for the Riordan is on Friday July 25th and Saturday July 26th. Start at 9:30 until around 12:30 or 1pm. Any amount of time you give is so appreciated.

As many of you know I am moving back to Sacramento CA near the rest of my family so these will be the last work days that I will be working with you. It has been so much fun to be with all of you for the last 5 years and the work we have accomplished at the Riordan, and now at the Pioneer Museum is so noticeable to everyone. We get so many great comments on the gardens and how the grounds look now and it is all because of your hard work.

Dave Brimhall will continue to lead the work over there so will be letting you know when the August, Sept and Oct work days are going to be. I look forward to visiting in the future and seeing what else you all have accomplished.
Attached is the news letter we put out for the Pioneer Museum and Riordan Mansion.

Just to let everyone know that has worked at either the Riordan Mansion or Pioneer Museum gardens.  We are having a volunteer B B Q on Thursday, July 31, 2014. We will provide the hamburgers, Brats/hot dogs and condiments and ask that those who attend bring a side dish. Time is 6:00 pm at the old barn at the Pioneer Museum on Ft Valley Road. Please RSVP by calling either place or by signing up when you are at either location.

I hope to see you at the Riordan or at the B B Q.


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.


Saturday, July 19, 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 

Sunday, July 13, 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

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  and view Cass' short video and then vote. 
Read more about the Cox Conserves program here:
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

Saturday, July 12, 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. 

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 ( 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 and Conservation Specialist for Monarch  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 
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.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

CMGA Meeting Agenda 5/8

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 5/8/2014
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               
6:30pm-6:40pm               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 truck load of seasoned horse manure delivered by Hunter Kemmet.
6:40pm – 6:45pm            Introduction of speaker – Ed Skiba
6:45pm-7:30pm               Continuing Education
                                                Dr. Tom Kolb
                                                Future of the Ponderosa Pine Forests in Northern Arizona
7:30pm-7:55pm               Refreshments - Susan Thompson and Sherline Alexander
7:55pm-8:00pm               Raffle Drawing

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Arboretum Tome Annual

Open House & Garden Party
Michael Melendrez
May 31, 930am-430pm

Location:  9 Gilcrease Road, Los Lunas, New Mexico

Lectures begin at 10am
Rudy Garcia, State Agronomist for New Mexico
How better soil health relates to increased water conservation and a healthier garden or landscape.

Kim Costian of Ashokala Gardens Arizona
A growers experience: building a healthy soil to increase garden health and productivity.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Viola's Flower Garden

Tomato Fest 2014


The vegetable season has arrived! For our grand kick-off to the season, Viola’s will once again be celebrating our remarkable Tomato Fest on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th. Both days will be loaded with free gardening seminars for all high country gardeners. We will also have over 75 different tomato varieties In-stock, from husky cherries to short-season producers, this means that everyone can pick out a new tomato type to try.

Both days we will be giving away a FREE Topsy Turvy upside down tomato planter to the first 75 customers with purchases. Join us in celebrating another great vegetable planting season at Tomato Fest. For the full schedule and description of each class visit our website here.

The Schedule for both Saturday and Sunday are as follows:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Upcoming From the Monthly MNA Newsletter/ 4FRI Lecture

Future of the Colorado Plateau:
4FRI* and the Future of our Forests

*Four Forests Restoration Initiative

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Free to the public
Branigar-Chase Auditorium - - Registration for this event is full! See below for more information.
The *Four Forests Restoration Initiative is bringing together historically embattled interests in a cooperative effort to restore forest health and protect communities from catastrophic wildfire. This forum is an opportunity for those concerned with the future of our forests to share their ideas and perspectives with the 4FRI stakeholder community.

forum's host and moderator. Joining Friederici to help tell the 4FRI story and facilitate the evening's discussion will be Ethan Aumack from Grand Canyon Trust, Dick Fleishman with the Coconino National Forest, Erik Nielson from Northern Arizona University, Steve Horner representing Campbell Global LLC, Rob Davis of Forest Energy Systems Inc., and Amy Waltz with the Ecological Restoration Institute.

4FRI and the Future of our Forests is the third in a series of community forums exploring the future of the Colorado Plateau. These events enable citizens to contribute their ideas and perspectives on important issues, including forest health, water resources, wildlife conservation, energy production, and economic sustainability.

We have received a high response rate for this forum event and are considering hosting a second forum of the same topic at a later date. We ask that you contact us via email to express your interest in this topic to

Friday, April 25, 2014

Native Plant Society PAPAZ Collecting Trip

Greetings, All, 
The Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) is a partnership with the Arizona Native Plant Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Desert Botanical Garden, Forest Service, Northern Arizona University, and Museum of Northern Arizona to document the plant diversity of Arizona by training volunteer botanists to assist on research and collecting excursions. Currently, volunteers are collecting specimens at 27 locations in Arizona. 

Recently another collection site was added right here in Flagstaff at Elden Pueblo/Picture Canyon.  The coordinator of this project is Susan Holiday. 

Here is a message from Susan:
I am planning a PAPAZ trip to Picture Canyon on May 10th.  We will meet at the Canyon parking area by the Wildcat Treatment Plant at 8:30 and spend the morning collecting.  This parking spot is off Route 66 East behind the Mall. 
Susan Holiday
If you have would like more information or if you have any questions, please email Susan at 

Posted by
D. Lamm 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Foodlink Volunteer Opportunities

Hello All!

Our volunteer team this year is great and we are always interested in
adding more members to help out.

If you have an interested and some hours to share of your day, please
take a look at our doodle scheduling options and sign up!

Many thanks!

Garden Starts CSA (community supported agriculture)
Flagstaff Foodlink (501c3)  *Growing food, growing community*

*Flagstaff Foodlink cultivates and celebrates local, healthy, equitable,
and resilient food systems in our community.*

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Willow Bend Talk at Ponderosa High School


Author of “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond”
Integrated Local Harvests 
"Simple and Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World"
Saturday, May 17, 7:00-9:00 pm
Ponderosa High School, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Proceeds from this fundraising event will support Willow Bend’s K-12 environmental education programs in Coconino County.
  • ‘Early bird’ ticket price is $15 each and will increase to $20 May 1st.
  • Tickets for Members of Willow Bend are $15 each.
  • Purchase tickets online, or by mail at:

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center
703 East Sawmill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 779-1745   |
Willow Bend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Thank you to our Green Level Sponsors:


Volunteering to Begin for Riordan Mansion

Hello all gardeners,

Well, the weather is holding up well so this coming Friday - April 11 - is
still scheduled as the first work day at Riordan Mansion.

We will start at 9:30 in the vegetable garden area outside of the back of
the visitors center. Please meet us there. We will be adding another layer
to the garden beds and getting them ready for planting next month.

If that gets done quickly we will move onto another project. All are
welcome to join us on this early spring morning in Flagstaff. Come for all
or part of the work time. We plan to end the day around 1pm.

The Riordan does not open the gates until 10:30 so when you drive up to
the Riordan the gates will appear locked but they will be unlocked. Please
open the gate, drive through, close the gate and park in the parking lot.
Join us in the vegetable garden.

Volunteering Begins at Olivia White Hospice

2014 Calendar
April 21, 4-5:30 orientation for new volunteers at hospice and stab testing for all
April 24, 9:15-10 TH tests read and 10:00 garden orientation
May 1, Opening Day/Thursday 9:00 am
May 5, Opening Day/Monday 8:30
No Saturdays currently scheduled.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email

Please note: TB testing is required annually for all garden volunteers. An orientation including completion of required paperwork, HIPAA information, and the start of TB testing will be done at the hospice office on Monday, April 21 from 4:00-5:30. Please try to arrive by 4 pm. TB Tests will be read from 9:15 – 10:00 on Thursday April 24th. This will be followed by garden tours for new volunteers and an informal work day for returning volunteers.

If you have current TB results that were done by a physician or at a hospital, these may be submitted to Sierra instead of retaking the test.

If the above times do not work for you, contact Sierra, the volunteer coordinator at hospice, to schedule a time. She can be contacted at

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Native Plant Society Monthy Meeting

Philip Pattersonour presenter on Tuesday, May 20, and walk leader on Saturday, May 31, came to the NAU Research Greenhouse Complex as Plant Production Manager in 2002, and then became Greenhouse Manager in 2012.

He has managed plant production for numerous projects including the production of restoration seedlings for the Rodeo-Chediski, Aspen, and Shultz Wildfires along with growing research seedlings for the Palo Verde Ecological Reserve and Cibola Wildlife Refuge.  During that time over 700,000 plants have been propagated, grown, and shipped from the Research Greenhouse.

Currently he is developing propagation methods for the historic George Washington Elm on North Campus, which is part of the NAU Arboretum that was established with a grant obtained in 2004. He is also the principle investigator on a grant that established a Ponderosa Pine Seed Bank. However, his main pursuit is finding time to explore the canyons (by foot and raft) of the Colorado Plateau and climb Colorado 14ers with his wife and two children.  He is a NAU alum with a BS in Forestry, 1979. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Meeting Agenda CMGA 4/10/14

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 4/10/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

 6:30pm-6:35pm Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet
                            Brief review of agenda for the evening
 6:35pm-6:40pm Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5
                            Must be present to win
                            Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting
 6:40pm-6:45pm Introduction of speaker – Ed Skiba
 6:45pm-7:30pm Continuing Education
                            Mick Henry
                            Growing and Pruning of Fruit Trees
 7:30pm-7:55pm Refreshment provided by Galen and Andrea Guerrette
 7:55pm-8:00pm Raffle Drawing
 8:00pm-8:25pm Business Meeting – Hunter Kemmet          
                            Car Stickers, Name tags, Speakers Bureau, MG Project,
                            Fundraising (Committee/Meeting)
                            Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
                            Hattie Braun – Earth Day - April 19, 10am-4pm
Committee Reports:
                            Community Markets - Andrea Guerrette
                            MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
                            Volunteer Support - Crys Wells
 8:25pm-8:30pm Gardening Questions?

 Next meeting: May 8, 2013
                            Dr. Thomas Kolb, NAU School of Forestry
                               Future of the Ponderosa Pine Forests in N AZ