Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray. Swallowtail butterfly on phlox.

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!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Minutes for Meeting 2/9/12

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 2/9/12

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm-6:40pm Welcome – Agenda Debi Stalvey

Brief review of agenda for the evening

Call for volunteers – Home Show, AZ Highlands Garden Conference, Food Awareness Fair

Memberships solicited for 2012 – includes discounts at Viola’s, Warner’s, and Native Plant and Seed. Profits last year supported 2 master gardener projects, rent for facility, and sponsorship of the Arboretum newsletter.

Introduction of speaker

6:40pm-6:45pm Volunteer Opportunity – Arboretum Docent Program – Katie Flint

Ms. Flint encouraged master gardeners to apply for and take the docent training at the Arboretum at Flagstaff. As a docent you can share your knowledge of our region, help to educate over 5,000 visitors and get gift shop discounts and continuing education opportunities. For more information contact Katie Flint, Director of Education, at 928-774-1442 ext. 110 or email her at

6:45pm-7:30pm Continuing Education

Herbs/Adding Spices to Your Eating Life: Identify, Grow, and Harvest Culinary Herbs for Your Enjoyment

Speaker: Sue Collins APN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC

Sue Collins, a local nurse practitioner and herbalist talked about growing and using herbs in Flagstaff. She used old tires, a pond frame and cinder blocks to create her garden in Doney Park. Especially the tires and cinder blocks hold the heat in and the cinder blocks reduce the effect of the wind. She spoke on the properties, medicinal and food uses of a variety of plants including rhubarb, chives, fennel, tarragon, vervain, sunchokes, yarrow, sage, chamomile and parsley. For more information on growing herbs their uses, check out the following books (all are available from Amazon):

Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More [Paperback] Miranda Smith

Growing & Using the Healing Herbs [Hardcover] Gaea Weiss, Shandor Weiss. Sue’s personal favorite.

The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual [Paperback] James Green, Ajana (Illustrator) Very informative. Not as easy to digest.

The Herbal Handbook: A User’s Guide to Medical Herbalism David Hoffman Focuses on the actions of herbs using older names for the actions.

The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies David Hoffman

7:45pm - 8:30pm

Business Meeting – Debi Stalvey

7:45pm – 8:05pm Overview of recent Executive Meeting – Debi Stalvey

Vote on changes to Bylaws – Debi Stalvey

Debi explained the proposed changes to the bylaws. Crys Wells moved to accept the changes to the bylaws and Faith Brittain seconded. The membership voted to accept the changes.

February 9, 2012 CMGA Financial Report – Ed Skiba

2012 CMGA Membership fees 29 @ $10.00= $290.00
Contribution from Dana P. Smith $ 40.00
Calendars 9 @ $5.00= $ 45.00
Snack Jar Fund $ 29.81
Total Deposit 2/02/12 $404.81
Check Acct. Balance 01/12/12 $1299.15
Total Check Acct Balance 02/02/12 $1703.96

On Feb. 9, 2012 deposited the following collected funds into the National Bank of Arizona(CMGA) Checking account:
2012 CMGA Membership Fees 1 @ $10.00= $10.00
Calendars 4 @ $10.00 = $40.00
Total Deposit 02/09/12 $50.00
Check Acct. Balance 02/09/12 $1,703.96
Total Check Acct. Balance 02/09/12 $1,753.96

Prepared and Submitted by Ed Skiba, CMGA Treasurer

Calendar – Bea Cooley, V.P.


It is time to submit your photos for consideration for inclusion in the 2013 Master Gardener Association calendar. Please send a print (4X6) of your digital photo submission to:

Coconino MGA

PO Box 3923

Flagstaff, AZ 86003-3923

The 2013 calendar will highlight Master Gardener Favorites, so the theme will be a potpourri of garden-related scenes. Check through your photos for lovely scenes of your garden, favorite plants, your pets in your garden, a bountiful harvest, Master Gardener Projects (in process or finished or before and after), or ? All photos will be considered. You might even submit a favorite recipe that is made of locally grown produce or have you (or someone you know) made a quilt inspired by Flagstaff’s gardens? These are just ideas. Submit all photos that you think might qualify to make a beautiful calendar.

MG Program Happenings (Class, Conference) – Hattie Braun

There are 35 students in the Spring 2012 Master Gardener class. Hattie also said that there will be a Master Gardener class in Page in the fall. Ann announced the Feb. 14 Highlands Garden Conference meeting.

8:05pm – 8:20pm Committee Reports:

Continuing Education (see below for details) – Loni Shapiro

Community Programs

Home Show - Hattie Braun and Faith Brittain

More speakers are needed for the Home & Garden show. Please contact Tess Wymore at or 928-607-3673. Each speaker time slot is for a 40 minute presentation with a 10 minute question & answer period.

Coordination of MG Projects – Linda Guarino

Linda is updating the Master Gardener Project list. It will be ready for the growing season.

Volunteer Support/Social – Hattie Braun & Crys Wells

Crys Wells reported 96 volunteer hours and 15 continuing education hours for January. We know there were many members at the January meeting – please record your one hour of volunteer time and one hour of continuing education for the business meeting and education!

Volunteer opportunities:

There is a request for a speaker from the Gila County Master Gardeners for their March 24 meeting. They want someone from the cold country to talk about starting seeds.

Another speaker request comes from a mothers’ group in Williams. They want to know how to start gardens with children.

Volunteers needed to help create a Butterfly Garden. Contact Joe Meehan for more information ( Some details posted on the blog.

Loni asked for a volunteer photographer to take photographs at the meetings. Hattie said she would put the office digital camera in the equipment bag so there will be a camera available.

8:20pm – 8:30pm Blog Demo – Loni Shapiro

Loni demonstrated the blog. It is located at . She showed changes and the new area on the blog for articles.


Hattie introduced the newest certified Master Gardener: Beth Dykstra

Next meeting: 3/8/12

Gardening with Your Camera

Tom Bean

Future meetings:

*April 12 – Riordan Mansion and Garden - Joe Meehan/Charlotte Dodgson

*May 10 – Invasive Weeds – Scott Harger

June 14 – Pending – Hydroponics – speaker TBA

*July 12 – What to do With the Harvest – Michele Lytle (MG and caterer)

Update on County Fair Entries

Aug. 9 – Pending – Season Extenders (Joe Costian)

*Oct. 11 – Growing and Forcing Bulbs – Loni Shapiro

Nov. 8 – Pending – Tam Nguyen – topic TBA

Those starred are confirmed

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