Coconino Master Gardener Association

Currently, warblers of several species are migrating through Flagstaff towards Canada and beyond. The Yellow Warblers, like this little guy are often an exception. They frequently choose to remain in Flagstaff throughout the summer. All of the warblers are busily searching the innermost branches of shrubs and trees for insects.
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

Monday, August 16, 2010

Master Gardener Associaton Meeting Minutes 8/19/10

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 8/19/10
Northland Hospice Office – 452 N. Switzer Canyon Drive
23 people signed in for the monthly meeting

6:30pm-6:40pm Welcome – Agenda
Jim Mast
Brief review of agenda. Introduction of speaker

6:40pm-7:30pm Continuing Education
The Bugs of August
Freddi Steele, former naturalist with the National Park Service
Freddi did a wonderful slide presentation of bugs commonly seen in Flagstaff gardens at this time of the year. She talked about what a bug is - hemipteria - as opposed to spiders, mites, centipedes, snails, etc.

Questions that a master gardener might ask regarding identification are:
Overall color, size, behavior
Was it alone? Where did you see it?
Wings? How many? How Held? Color?
Body? Smooth, fuzzy, color?
Head? Eye color? Antennae? Hairy? Mouth?
Legs? Any? How Many?

Freddi then did a show and tell with slides on day and night bugs.
Honeybee, bee fly, hover fly, locust, grasshoppers, paper wasp, yellow jacket, holly hock weavil, aphids, etc.
June bug, ambush bug, spinx moth, hummingbird moth, several crickets, katydid, etc.
Scary bugs
Centipeds, spiders

Several reference books were recommended:
Kaufman's Guide to Insects of North America
Audubon's Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America
Freddi has her presentation on Powerpoint so contact her if you need details or photos of a speciific bug.

7:30pm – 7:45pm Refreshments
Thank you to Julie Holmes

7:45pm -8:30pm Business Meeting
7:45pm-8:00pm Overview of recent Executive Committee meeting - Jim Mast
Finance update – Ed Skiba
Two accounts at Arizona Central Credit Union - checking (161.90) and savings (220.96). The credit union is charging over $9 a month so Ed will contact them and see if that can be waved. If not it may all become a savings account.
Beginning in 2011 – membership cards will be issues for those who pay dues. Jim Mast stated that it would all still be optional.
Calendar update – Loni Shapiro
$10 each available at meeting, conference, county fair, and Extension Office. Example available at the Wed. Markets with a sign stating purchase at County Extension. We are not a vendor and can't sell there. Calendars will be given to the Board of Supervisors, Warners, Violas, Sam Younger (Northland Hospice), Art Babbitt, and those contributing to the calendar. 3 will be used as door prizes (2 for conference and 1 for door prize for the MG Picnic). Hattie gave two to the Native Plant Contest. !4 give aways thus far.
Flagstaff Evening Garden club – Hattie Braun
Looking for a volunteer to take pictures at garden visits and write a brief summary for the blog (2011). Hattie creating a Google account to use for e-mails to remind people of the garden visits. Jean will continue to coordinate.
Telephone at the extension – Hattie Braun
Continues to be for the HOTLINE may be for the Assoc. at some point. Hattie reports that there will soon be extra phone lines as people are leaving the extension.
Because of the size of our group (growing each time) we had to look for a new site for the meetings. We will meet in Oct. & Nov. at the Murdock Center on Butler. Loni will send the address and directions for the next meeting in October. It will be posted on the blog about a week before the meeting and Hattie will send out her usual reminder.

8:00pm-8:20pm Committee Reports:
Continuing Education-Dana Prom Smith
Speakers scheduled through February 2011. Check blog for updates. The column is going well but Dana can always use new writers.
Community Programs
Flagstaff’s Community Market – Julie Holmes
We continue to participate in the Wednesday markets. We had 51 contacts on Wed., a display of noxious weeds, and, Loni brought some of her tomatoes which were a draw to get people to the table. Hattie has purchased a new canopy and table. For those working I suggest bringing a tablecloth, something to draw people in, and a comfortable chair. Hattie came at 330pm with the materials needed for the booth and helped us set-up.
Speakers Bureau – looking for someone to head up this program. We need more speakers before we advertise this program.
Home Show – looking for someone to coordinate the Home Show for 2011. The Home Show will need at least 3 speakers each day in order to get a free booth. There will be 3 programs offered each day and they can be repeats for the 3 days of the show. Contact Hattie if you are interested in doing this project, as she has the contact information.
Coordination MG Projects –Linda Guarino No update.
Volunteer Support/Social – Hattie Braun
Fall Recognition Picnic – Sept. 12 4-6pm, potluck. Extension to provide meat and those attending will bring either a side or dessert (Linda Guarino to advise). The invite is ready and will be sent out. Crys Wells is in charge of door prizes. If you have anything to contribute let her know. She took some iris from the OW Hospice Garden, and Val Bryant offered some seedlings.

8:20pm – 830pm What is it? Garden Problems/Questions
Joe Harte brought one of his potato oddities. We talked about potato fruit with seeds.

Next meeting: October 14, 2010
Native Plant Gardening Susan Lamb Bean

Speakers for future meetings:
September 12 Recognition Picnic
October 14 Native Plant Gardening Susan Lamb Bean
November 11 School Gardens Sue Norris, Lyndsey Langsdale
December (TBA) Holiday Party
January 13, 2011 Sustainability William Auberle
February 19, 2011 Chaa Organic Farm in Belize Linda Neff, anthropologist

Continuing Education opportunities and Events:
August 25 AZNPS Garden Contest Awards
August 27-28 11th Annual Arizona Highlands Garden Conference – Payson, AZ
August 29 AZNPS Garden Tours
September 8 AERA Summer Plant Walks – Buffalo Park
September 12 Coconino Master Gardener Association – Recognition Picnic
Sept. 14-Dec. 7 Fall Master Gardener Class
Oct 13-16 American Horticultural Therapy Association
Annual Conference – Chicago, IL
Oct 16 13th Annual School Garden Conference – Chicago, IL
Oct 14 Coconino MG Association Meeting
Nov 11 Coconino MG Association Meeting

For details on above opportunities check out the blog –

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

AZNPS Garden Competitions for 2010

Wed, August 25th, 7:00 pm - 2010 Flagstaff Garden Competition SLIDESHOW and EXTRAVAGANZA! This will take place at the Federated Community Church, 400 W. Aspen Street (downtown, right across from the library). We will show slides of the twelve gardens entered in this years competiton, featuring photographs by celebrated and published outdoor photographer Tom Bean. As well, we will hand out prizes to the winners in the two categories: Native Plant and Edible Garden. It is a great way for you to view all the gardens and decide which ones you want to go on for the tour. Many plant-related groups will have tables at the event with info and items for sale. We will have light refreshments- you can bring a drink or dessert if that is something you want to do but by no means do you have to. Please come to this event and support the AZNPS! Seeing these gardens is inspiring, heartwarming, and a visual treat.

Sunday, August 29th- PUBLIC GARDEN TOUR! The hours are from 10-2. This year we are charging $5 per person for a map, which comes with a free raffle ticket. This is the only fundraiser the Flagstaff Chapter of the AZNPS has. Maps will be available after August 20th at Warners Nursery, Native Plant and Seed, Winter Sun Trading Company, and on the day of the tour at the downtown Community Farmers Market (parkinglot of City Hall, Sunday 8-12). This is truly a community-building, fun, informative and thought-provoking day for the whole family. Please come to this event and support the AZNPS!

The hours are from 10-2. This year we are charging $5 per person for a map, which comes with a free raffle ticket. This is the only fundraiser the Flagstaff Chapter of the AZNPS has. Maps will be available after August 20th at Warners Nursery, Native Plant and Seed, Winter Sun Trading Company, and on the day of the tour at the downtown Community Farmers Market (parkinglot of City Hall, Sunday 8-12). This is truly a community-building, fun, informative and thought-provoking day for the whole family. Please come to this event and support the AZNPS!


The 2010 Flagstaff Garden Competition Committee:

Susan Lamb Bean, Chair and Judge
Dorothy Lamm, Organizer
Jessa Fisher, Judge
Jan Busco, Judge
Hattie Braun, Judge

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fall Master Gardener Class

We will be offering an evening Master Gardener class this fall. It starts Sept. 14 and runs through Dec. 7.

Registration is now open. Class will meet on Tuesday evenings 6-9 pm at NAU, School of Forestry room #133. If you would like to join the class contact me for a brochure and registration.

Please pass this information on to everyone you think might be interested in the class.

For registration or information contact me at: (928-774-1868 or
Brochure attached:
Thanks - Hattie

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

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Calendars for 2011

Our 2011 Calendars have arrived for our fundraiser for the year. The photo above of the Bus Stop Garden graces the cover, and in addition there are 12 beautiful photos of gardens, flowers, and hardscape from all over Flagstaff.

The calendar is printed on high quality heavy paper. They are available for purchase at the county extension office for $10 each, and some (25) will be available at our next meeting so bring your checkbooks. We have a limited supply so shop early. We will be selling the last 100 at the Highlands Garden Conference in Payson on August 28th.

Don't forget our next Master Gardener Association Meeting on August 19, at 6:30pm. Our featured speaker this month is Freddi Steele, on the "Bugs of August". Follow this blog next week for the agenda.

Loni Shapiro
Coconino County MG Association