Coconino Master Gardener Association

Children from Mountain Elementary School garden program watering the straw bale garden in their greenhouse. This garden received a grant in 2014 from the CMGA to help purchase materials. Photo courtesy of Angie Fritz.
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, February 20, 2015

Flagstaff Garden Starts CSA

The Flagstaff Garden Start CSA shares are going fast! Thanks to all those who have signed up and donated to the scholarship fund. We do have a limited number of shares, so please sign up as soon as possible! If would like to share a share with someone, but don't have anyone to share with, let me know and I will try to connect you with someone in your neighborhood also interested in sharing.

You can submit your registration forms via email, and you can also pay online. Please contact me if you are sending your forms through the mail. FORM

If you are interested in a scholarship, you can request them through the registration form.
We will start sowing on March 7, if you are interested in volunteering this year, please let me know. We need help sowing, thinning, writing lables, making seed packets and transporting to/distributing at Native Plant and Seed.

I have attached the registration and the flyer, please spread the word!

Also, Roots Composting, a local compost company (where we get our compost for our soil mix), has started offering residential compost collection service! They recently partnered with Good Earth Power to compost materials from the 4FRI restoration project and are growing their operation.
For just $10 a month, they will pick up your home compost every week and swap it out with a clean bucket. 
Let them do the dirty work for you! Sign up at 
or contact :
Patrick Pfeifer /Roots Composting Co-Founder  - 630-639-1564
Have a great weekend!
Regan Emmons
Director of Grow Program
P.O. Box 605
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
(mobile) 808-344-0904

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 2/12/15

Education - Kim Howell-Costion presented “Building Healthy Soils, with Emphasis on Lasagna Gardening”.
Kim spoke a little on "double dug lasagna" gardening technique, the importance of humus and Michael Melendrez' "soil secrets".   Kim is a popular gardening instructor and has developed 15 organic gardening classes for high desert gardening conditions in Northern Arizona. These classes have been offered at Coconino Community College and Northland Pioneer College. Kim also has produced a video on the Double Dug Lasagna gardening techniques that has proven effective for her time and again. She designed and operates a community supported agriculture plant seedling program for participants from her solar greenhouse located near Snowflake, Arizona and is co-owners of Ashokala Gardens.  
Business Meeting – Jim Mast
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
·         Conference
o    The next meeting is March 11th, 1:00pm at the Ext. OFF. 2304 3rd St.
·         Spring Class

    • TH, 1-4:30pm. 2/5 - 5/14/2015, N. AZ Health Care 1000 N Humphreys.
    • Jim Mast will be giving a class on vegetables in a couple of weeks.
·         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.
·         Earth Day
o    Saturday, April 18th at City Hall. – What we normally do for this is answer garden questions and give a garden talk.  Volunteer sign-up sheet available at the table.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

36th Annual Native Plant Workshop

2015 KSB Native Plant Workshop
Photo By: Max Licher
Keep Sedona Beautiful would like to invite you to the 36th Annual Native Plant Workshop, March 28 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (doors open at 7:45 am) at the West Sedona School, 570 Posse Ground Road. The workshop will offer homeowners, residents, and garden/plant enthusiasts with invaluable information on topics that include saving water with native plants, insects and diseases, managing invasive species and designing landscapes using water features and drought resistant plants.

Admission includes two keynote speakers, two workshops out of seven offered, breakfast savories, lunch and a silent auction with many items donated by the community. All for the low advance ticket price of $25 for KSB members or $35 for the General Public. It's an additional $10 at the door.

For more information and to register, go to or call the KSB office at 928-282-4938.

We hope you will pass this invitation along to your neighbors, home owner's association, friends and colleagues. 

Thanks for keeping Sedona beautiful! 
All the best,

Nancy Spinelli & Susan Murrill
Co-Chairs, Native Plant Workshop

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day Grape Pruning Workshop

Hi all,
You missed a fun class in Camp Verde. Gardens for Humanity sponsored a Grape Pruning Workshop at Clear Creek vineyard and winery in the Verde valley on Valentine's Day. We met at the vineyard at 10am and learned from the owner how the vineyard began.  Ignacio Mesa has over 8 different varieties of grapes, good soil, great water source, and many animals to help keep the vineyards healthy (dogs,cats, chickens, geese) and protected from the critters. We learned about pruning and care of the grapevines from an owner that knows how to cut down on work and conserve precious resources. We ended the lecture with pruning of some of his grapevines. I had to leave at noon but they continued with a wine tasting.

Row 20 of the Clear Creek Vineyards
already pruned.
Pre-pruning grapevines under

This is the next event for Gardens for Humanity:

Bring your Gardening Questions… We’ll Sprout The Answers!March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm   $8   

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Kim Costian's Healthy Soil Secrets

On Thursday at our meeting our speaker, Kim Costian, came all the way from Snowflake to talk about creating "Healthy Soil" using lasagna gardening and Soil Secret products. We had one of our largest audiences for Kim who has always been popular with local gardeners. In addition to maintaining her own large garden (Ashokola) and greenhouse, she and her husband (Joseph) recently travelled to Guatamala to bring organic gardening, and water conservation ideas to the people there. Kim will  be teaching again at Northland Pioneer College. She will be teaching a gardening certificate program for the community college. With the changes in her workload the CSA she has long done for gardeners in her area, is on hold this year.

Kim not only brought "Soil Secret" products to demonstrate but donated some for our monthly raffle. I am attaching a link to information about the products that she provided.  I have scanned the first page of the document. If you want more info go to the Soil Secret web site. LINK . Each year they do a series of talks at their nursery in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Check it out!
Several of our local nurseries now carry these products.

Thanks again to Kim for the fun and informative talk.

Loni Shapiro
Education Chair CMGA

Saturday, February 7, 2015

CMGA February Meeting Agenda

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 2/12/15
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 - Kim Howell-Costion - Building Healthy Soils, with
                                               Emphasis on Lasagna Gardening
15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm                  Refreshments provided by Carol Chicce and Leslie Penick
       and Raffle Prize Drawing 
8:00pm - 8:25pm                Business Meeting – Jim Mast
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
·         Conference
o    Meeting next Wednesday the 11th at 1pm at the extension office.
·         Spring Class
o    TH, 1-4:30pm. 2/5 - 5/14/2015, N. AZ Health Care 1000 N Humphreys.
·         Home Show
o    April 10, 11, and 12.  Set-up April 9th, tear-down April 12 and 13.
·         Earth Day
o    Saturday, April 18th at City Hall

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Native Plant Society Post

Greetings, Native Plant Lovers,
You might be interested in checking out Project BudBurst at  Project BudBurst is a national organization of citizen scientists monitoring plants as the seasons change, and you can participate in the fun.  Now is a good time to get involved because beginning observations, such as the first leaves or first flowers, will start very soon.   

The section "Stories Plants Tell:  The Science of Phenology" explains a lot.  You can follow Project Burst on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Thank you to Debbie Crisp, Coconino National Forest Botanist, for sharing this information with us. 
Posted by
Dorothy Lamm 

Monday, January 26, 2015

MG Project Grants

Dave Brimhall, Dr. William Peterson (Northern Director, AZ Historical Society), Freddi Steele
Over the last 4 years our association has been giving yearly grants to master gardener projects. They have helped a variety of garden projects - schools, non-profits, and even some for-profits such as Emeritus Assisted Living that would not happen without financial assistance. Last month we invited some of the people leading those project to attend our monthly meeting and share results of those projects. Angie Fritz a master gardener and volunteer for many years used her funding to start a school garden program at Mountain Elementary School. The Pinon Community Garden was represented by Rosemary Logan and April Smith. They were able to install a drip irrigation system for their unique community garden. Unlike other community gardens each participant does not have a garden area. They all garden the plot together. Riordan Mansion was represented by master gardener Dave Brimhall. They have received several grants that have allow them to improve gardens and hardscape at a local treasure for visitors and residents. Last of all Freddi Steele showed the work done at the Pioneer Museum to allow people to safely access the property. She headed the "Pioneer Garden" work there. Dave and Freddi both work at AZ Historical Society sites in Flagstaff.

It was rewarding for all who attend the presentations to see the good work that Master Gardeners are doing throughout Flagstaff. Thanks to all who support us with memberships, participate in CMGA events, purchase fundraising items, and just volunteer their time and share gardening knowledge.

Loni Shapiro
CMGA, Education Chair

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Workshop to Prepare an Invasive Weed Web Site

Greetings, All,
The Coconino Master Gardeners and the Flagstaff Chapter of the AZ Plant Society are planning an Invasive Plant Website to help homeowners control invasives in their landscapes.  To accomplish this, there will be a workshop on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 10 until 3 at the Master Gardener Office at 2304 North 3rd St.  There will be a free lunch!!  Come one.  Come all. 
Participants will complete worksheets about 35 different invasive plants common to Flagstaff and Coconino County.  These worksheets will ask for specific information that will help homeowners identify and control invasive plants, and this information will become the foundation for the website.  Resource materials will be provided.  If you can, please bring a computer in case additional information or photos are needed.  You don't need to be an expert.  It will be fun!!
Please RSVP to Hattie Braun, so she can order the food.  Yum. Yum. 
Dorothy Lamm

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seed and Plant Resource Catalogs 2015


It is that time of the year again when we begin to look at seed catalogs to plan our 2015 garden. Follow this updated link to print a list of catalogs and how to contact them. As usual, it is 6 pages of information if you want to print it. It has been revised for 2015 with a few new additions and only a couple of nurseries that closed in 2014. It will be moved to the resource list in February. If you have any additions or corrections please send them to me by the first week of February.
Happy Gardening in 2015!

Loni Shapiro

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 1/8/15
Welcome –Hunter Kemmet introduced 2015 Officers;  Jim Mast-President, Ed Skiba-VP, Sue Madden-Treasurer, Sherline Alexander-Secretary.  Please note that all of the annual reports from CMGA officers and committee chairs are on the blog.
Education Grant Recipients:
Pinon Community Garden - Rosemary Logan and April Smith - talked and showed photos about their new irrigation system for their community garden.
Pioneer Museum - Freddi Steele - talked and showed photos of the before and after hardscape stairs installed on their property for safety.
Mountain Elementary School - Angie Fritz - mom and master gardener began a garden program for 3rd and 4th graders, with money spent on materials for gardening and books. Angie's photos included a lunch with what the classes had grown.
Riordan Mansion - Dave Brimhall - this AZ Historical Society property has received several grants over the years to improve many of the gardens and hardscape. Dave brought a poster and photos to share.
Business Meeting; Jim Mast.
Raffle item donations.   If you have something you can donate toward our monthly meeting raffle just bring the item to a monthly meeting.
Build volunteer hours doing committee work. The CMGA is looking for more volunteers for our committees this year. Continuing education (Loni Shapiro, Chair), Volunteer Support (Crys Wells, Chair), Community Support (Andrea Guerrette, Chair), Master Gardener Projects (Jackee Alston, Gillian Thomas new co-chairs),  Special Projects (Home Show, Conference, Fund Raising(need new chair), Earth Day etc.).
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Conference: next meeting 1-14-15, 1pm, extension office.  Please attend if you are interested in helping with the conference.  Actively looking for conference site.
·        Spring Class; Thursday’s, 1-4:30pm. 2/5 - 5/14/2015, N. AZ Health Care 1000 N Humphreys.  Getting a lot of calls.
·         Home Show April 10, 11, 12, the weekend after Easter. Volunteers needed.
·         Dorothy Lamb workday at the extension office 10am-2pm, Monday January 26st on invasive weeds.
Financial report – Sue Madden
Found software on sale and purchased for $37.50.
Total income for the year was $3934.03. Total expenses for the year were $2388.13. The difference between income and expenses for 2014 was $1545.90. The checkbook balance is currently $4173.23 and the PayPal balance is $150.56 for a total of $4323.79. This is an increase of $1461.21 as compared to the end of 2013.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Johnny Appleseed Tree source

I was looking on the website and found a Johnny Appleseed tree. Pretty cool that somebody actually found one!
From Debbi Crisp

Johnny Appleseed Apple / M7/SPRING

In the 1830's, thousands of apple trees were planted in Ohio by one John Chapman, who earned the nickname Johnny Appleseed for his work. Nearly two centuries later, it is extremely rare to find a tree documented to be a graft from one of Johnny's trees, but Raintree acquired one.

It was tracked down by Scott Scogerboe, who found an old newspaper article that told of an Ohio homestead where Johnny Appleseed had planted a tree. Early in the 20th century, a student who visited the homestead took a cutting, grafted a new tree and planted it in his family's yard. The child who planted the grafted tree, now elderly, retired from the same school where Scott found the ancient tree.

Since apples from Chapman's trees were used by settlers mostly for making hard cider, their fresh eating quality wasn't the highest priority. Nevertheless, the history of this tree makes it a wonderful living legend.

Zones 4-9.

Price: $28.50

Please click this link to see the product details:

PAPAZ Deaver Herbarium Volunteering

Greetings, All, 

PAPAZ specimen mounting sessions will continue as follows: 

Thursday, Jan. 8
Thursday, Jan. 22
Thursday, Feb. 12
Thursday, Feb. 26 at 1:30pm at the Deaver Herbarium in Room 314.  Sessions will be ongoing through the winter 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 please 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

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Master Gardener Happenings for January

Hi MGs and MGs to be:
I am looking for help with three projects.

1.       The Arizona Highlands Garden Conference – next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the extension office.  Lots of you have already let me know that you would like to help.  This is the last request to get involved.  We will forming committees on Wed. and will discuss site possibilities.  Everyone is welcome!

2.       Master Gardener Open HouseThursday, Jan. 22, 6:00 to7:00 pm at the extension office. The next class starts soon but I would like to do a little more outreach.  I am looking for 2-3 volunteers that would love to talk to people about the Master Gardener program.

3.       Invasive Plant Workshop Monday, Jan. 26, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Dorothy Lamm and I will hold a workshop where you will help us collect information about invasive plants for a website on invasives.  We will finalize fact sheets and create new ones on the many invasive plants that are a concern for homeowners.  We have lots of resources but would love help from Master Gardeners.  Please RSVP as lunch will be served.

Thanks – I hope everyone is enjoying the rain.  Hattie

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
FAX: 928-774-1860

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Native Plant Society

Greetings, All, 
On Monday evening, January 12 from 6:30 until 8:00, the planning group of the Flagstaff Chapter of the AZ Native Plant Society will meet at 526 N. Bertrand on Cherry Hill to plan walks, talks, and other activities for 2015. 

We'd love to have you join us, and your input, ideas and help would be much appreciated.   

Please RSVP to this invitation, if you will be coming, and I'll forward directions to the meeting location.  As an alternative, if you can't attend, but have something to share or suggest, please email it to me. 

We hope to see or hear from you. 

Posted by D. Lamm
for Susan Lamb Bean
      Susan Holiday
      Barbara Phillips
      Tina Ayers
       Kirstin Olmon 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Garden for Humanity Workshops

Join us for two workshops Saturday, January 10
  • 10 AM Fruit Tree Pruning for the Spring (more >) 
  • 2 PM Water in Your Garden and How to Use it Wisely (more >)

Gardens for Humanity and Greening Harmony's two garden workshops on this Saturday will teach participants how to correctly prune fruit trees and how to be "water wise" gardeners. These will be the first installments of our community gardening education series for 2015.
Check out the Gardens for Humanity web site (

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Agenda

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 1/8/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm – 6:50pm               Welcome –Hunter Kemmet
·         President Annual Report
·         Introduce 2014 Officers -  Jim Mast-President, Ed Skiba-VP, Sue Madden-Treasurer, Sherline Alexander-Secretary
Agenda –– 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             
6:50pm – 6:55pm               Introduction of speaker Loni Shapiro

6:55pm-7:45pm                  Continuing Education  Grant Recipients: 1) Freddi Steele, Pioneer Museum 2)Angie Fritz,
                                                Mountain School  3)  Dave Brimhall, Riordan Mansion  4) Rosemary Logan & April
                                                Smith, Pinon Community Garden  5)  Jeff Best, Sunshine Rescue Mission
15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm                  Refreshments provided by Hattie Braun and Loni Shapiro
and Raffle Prize Drawing 

Friday, January 2, 2015

AZ Food & Farm Finance Forum

Thursday and Friday, January 15 & 16Clarkdale Clubhouse in Clarkdale, ArizonaHost: The Town of Clarkdale

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Native Plant Society - Plant Press

Winter 2014 Plant Press available online!

Mexican Tansyaster Psilactis gentryi  Photo by: Bob Herrmann

Winter 2014 Plant Press

The latest beautiful edition of Plant Press is now available online!

Settle in for a good Winter read and learn about native Arizona food plants, soils and their role in plant evolution, and so much more!

Please find Plant Press online by following this link:

Also, take the time to check out the Plant Press archives on our website.  There are so many past issues to be discovered for the first time, or read all over again - enjoy!

Happy Holidays!
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