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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1st Master Gardener Class for 2011

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener in 2011? Coconino County Extension will begin training on February 8th-May 17th in 2011. Classes will be held each Tuesday from 1pm-430pm at the East Flagstaff Library. For more information or to register contact Hattie Braun at the Coconino County Extension.
928-774-1868x170 or

Link to brochure:

Register early as these classes fill up quickly.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thank You

Thank you to all who supported the Coconino Master Gardener Association in 2010. We had a very successful year with many attending our monthly meetings and lectures. We held our 1st fundraiser (calendars) and will probably do that again next year, so get those photos ready to submit. We still have calendars available at the Extension Office. Phone before you stop by as hours are variable.

We plan to participate in the Home and Garden Show in 2011 which will be in the old K-Mart Store - due to remodeling of the Snow Dome. We will again participate in the Flagstaff Community Markets. Watch this site to see what else we are up to.

In January, our first meeting will be on the 13th beginning at 6:30pm. Our new permanent location is at Shepherd of the Hills Church (1601 N. San Francisco just north of the hospital). Bea Cooley, a master gardener and member of the Audubon Society, will be the featured speaker. Her topic is "Bird Loving Plants."

All are welcome to attend the lectures. In 2011 we will be seeking a $10 membership fee for the Association. Your membership card will entitle you to get 10% off trees and shrubs at Viola's Flower Garden and 10% off all plant materials at Native Plant and Seed.