Coconino Master Gardener Association

A roadrunner in Cindy Murray's yard in timberline. You may want to encourage these birds in your yard as Cindy's said they like to eat tomato horn worm pupa.

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 Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). 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!

Friday, March 16, 2018

See opportunities for registration above in our intro. You can mail or sign up online.

Pesticides, People, and Pollinators Free Webinar

Here's a webinar that Master Gardeners might find interesting. I am registered for the webinar and if you would like to join me, I will show it in our conference room on Thursday, April 12th at 10:00am. We will have a discussion about the content of this webinar afterwards. You can also register on your own.

Pesticides, People, and Pollinators:
Answers to Tricky Pesticide Questions for Master Gardeners

Discussing pesticides with the public can be tricky, even for trained professionals. Master gardeners are on the front line, providing information directly to the public on a wide range of topics. In this webinar, pesticide specialists with the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) will provide resources that master gardeners can use to navigate these conversations. We will discuss topics including protecting pollinators from pesticides, comparing organic and conventional pesticides, how to minimize exposures to pesticides, and how individual risk perception influences behavior. Join us for live Q&A after the presentation. 

A recording of the webinar will be posted to the NPIC YouTube channel.

Thursday, April 12th at 1:00pm EST (10:00am PT)
Target audience: Master Gardeners, County Extension Agents, Universities
Presenters: Alicia Leytem & April Strid, Pesticide Specialists, NPIC
Duration: 1:00 hour
Cost: Free

To join:
Registration is required for this free webinar. 
Participants may join the webinar up to 10 minutes early.

To Register:

Event number: 921 552 205

For audio by phone:
+1-415-655-0002 (US Toll)
Access code: 921 552 205

2018 UA Viticulture Symposium

March 23, 2018 from 8A - 4P in Benson, AZ

If you are an Arizona grape grower and interested in research-based knowledge specific to grapes for Arizona wine, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension invites you to the 2018 UA Viticulture Symposium.  This educational program is set for Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Cochise College Benson Center located in Benson, Arizona.  Check-in is at 8:00 A.M. and the program will begin at 9:00 A.M.  Keynote speaker, Dr. Gill Giese, is a Viticulture Specialist at New Mexico State University.  He will discuss “Cultivating Grapes in the Desert and Calendar of Events.”  Other presentations include University of Arizona specialists in plant science, natural resources and environment and agriculture and resource economics.  There will be a vendor marketplace to showcase agricultural services and products as well as booths with other important non-profit agricultural groups.

The cost is $60 for general admission.  To register OR for more information and the complete agenda of speakers and topics at the Symposium, please go to:

Friday, March 2, 2018

BIO 112 Wildflowers of Arizons

Subject: Summer Field Botany Course at Coconino Community College

Hello All,
I'm writing to advertise an upcoming field botany course offered through Coconino Community College this summer. The course is BIO 112 - Wildflowers of Arizona (preliminary syllabus attached here). The class will take place over the course of two weeks, M-Th June 4-7 and 11-14; we will meet from 12 pm - 6:45 pm each day.
This will be an intensive two week course that is a great introduction to botany. Throughout these two weeks we will explore the following:

* Basic plant morphology
* Basic botanical vocabulary
* Basic plant taxonomy
* Basic plant ecology
* Practice using a dichotomous key to identify plants
* Identification of plant families and species common to northern Arizona
* Proper collection, documentation, and processing methods for plant collection in the field.
* We may be contributing to a floristic inventory of a local site.

Class will include regular field trips to local destinations, and students should be prepared to hike up to approximately four miles at a steady pace across uneven terrain. Being in good physical condition is a necessary requirement.

For more information contact

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CMGA March Meeting Agenda

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:50pm       Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:50-6:55pm       Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:55-7:45pm       Education:  Jackee Alston, Season Extenders
(15 minute break with refreshments)

8:00-8:25pm       Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
Need a volunteer for fundraising chair/committee, this includes the monthly raffle.
Committee signups:  Spring seminar committee, Earth Day sign ups and Fall 2018 conference committee
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
          2018 Home and Garden show at the NAU Field House. 
          Fall into Gardening 2018
          MG Class in Flagstaff 2/6-5/8 9a-12:30p, Coconino Public Health Bldg.
          Earth Day—April 21 at Bushmaster Park, 11a-2p
          Beginning Gardener Talks
          Flagstaff Monthly Garden Tours
                                Financial Report—Molly Larsen                               
Committee Progress Reports:
MG Projects—Jackee Alston, Grant applications/Seed Library
Gardening Workshop – Sherline Alexander
Summer Garden Sale – Judy Springer                    
Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
        April 12 Carol Chicci - Selecting and Growing Roses in Flagstaff
        May 10 Tom Mast – Growing Tomatoes in Flagstaff
Social – Liz George                         
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
                                    Historian—Tammy Valdovino

8:25-8:30              Gardening Questions?

Next meeting:  April 12 –Roses for Flagstaff/Carol Chicci

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Milkweed for Monarchs

Coconino Master Gardeners:

The AZ Milkweeds for Monarchs team is reaching out again to enlist in the help and skill of MGs across Arizona to grow native milkweed seedlings in a grassroots effort to conserve the monarch butterfly. For the third year, we are giving dedicated gardeners the opportunity to partake in a citizen-science conservation initiative in which gardeners will receive 8-10 native milkweed seedlings to plant in their common garden and record and submit data on the growth and vitality of various species of milkweeds.

If you are interested in being involved, please read, fill out, and submit the application and return the application by email to by March 25th.
Link to general info
Milkweed Project Application

Hattie Braun

County Director
Assistant in Extension
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Phone: (928)773-6118
Fax: (928)774-1860

Saturday, February 3, 2018

CMGA 2018 Grant Application

Call for Garden Grant Applications

The Coconino County Master Gardener Association is currently accepting applications for the 2018 gardening season. Submit your application by
              February 20th, 2018

Application forms can be found at
Or contact Jackee Alston @ or (928) 814-2280 to have an electronic copy sent to you.
Qualifying projects should:
1.                 Fill a need or give value to the community and/or CMGA.
2.                Have some educational component for gardeners on the project.

Notification of funding will be announced early March and checks mailed shortly after.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Coconino Master Gardener Spring Workshops

This year the CMGA will be holding spring garden workshops presented by Penn & Cord Parmenter from Colorado. Check out their website for info on what they are experts on. It is a great sight.

The workshops will be held on March 24 & 25, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Benson Hall (1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ)

The topics covered are:
Mountain Food Growing 101
Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing
Top 10 Vegetables for the Mountains
Integrated Pest Management and Companion Growing
Cost is separate for each topic.

CMGA Gardening Workshops on-line Registration Form
CMGA Gardening Workshop Flyer

Check out Penn & Cord;s Garden in Colorado -
Merion Sharp is the contact person -.   970-903-7761.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Docent Training to Begin at The Arboretum

--Learn and Teach Northern Arizona Ecology--

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona. The Arboretum at Flagstaff announces its 2018 Docent Training Program for community members who would like to share their deep love for our northern Arizona landscape with Arboretum visitors. Docents lead daily tours of the Arboretum grounds at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from April 15 – October 31, as well as school tours.

Training and materials are FREE. Classes are held every Wednesday, March 7 - April 25 (except March 21) from 10am-2:15pm. March classes are held at the Coconino Cooperative Extension offices on N 3rd Street in Flagstaff and April classes will be held at The Arboretum at Flagstaff.

Topics include the mission and history of the Arboretum, forest health, conservation, ecology and sustainability, botany and ethnobotany, horticulture and gardening techniques, and much more.  A full description of the docent program is available on The Arboretum’s website, 

The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 750 species of plants in gardens, greenhouses, and natural habitats and is located 4 miles south of Route 66 on Woody Mountain Road on Flagstaff's west side. The Arboretum offers summer nature camps, school programs, and a variety of other fun and informative events.  Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors, and $5 for youth 5 and up.  The Arboretum is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, April 15 through October 31 (Memorial Day – Labor Day 9:00am to 5:00pm). Visit for more information.

Contact: Shannon Benjamin
February 1, 2018                                                                     (928) 774-1442, ext. 127

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CMGA Meeting Agenda February

Coconino Master Gardener Agenda
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30pm
Viola's Flower Garden
610 S. State Route 89a
6:30-6:50pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:50-6:55pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:55-7:45pm    Education:  Steve Alston, Starting with Seed
(15 minute break with refreshments)
8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander 
  Need a volunteer for fundraising chair/committee
  Meeting Venue – CMGA will move back to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church/Benson Hall 
starting on March 8

        MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
Fall into Gardening 2018
MG Class in Page (8wk class), canceled
MG Class in Flagstaff 2/6-58, 9am-1230pm, Coconino Public Health Bldg. 
  Committee Sign-ups:
Flagstaff Garden Tours
Fall 2018 conference committee
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen
        Committee Progress Reports:
MG Projects—Jackee Alston, Grant applications/Seed Library
Gardening Workshop – Merion Sharp
Summer Garden Sale – Judy Springer       
Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
April 12 Carol Chicci - Selecting and Growing Roses in Flagstaff 
May 10 Jim Mast - Growing Tomatoes in Flagstaff
Social – Liz George       
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
        Historian—Tammy Valdovino

8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    March 8 –Season extenders/Jackee Alston