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!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Flagstaff Garden Tours

We have had a slow start this season, but beginning June 16 we have a great list of invitations to visit private gardens! 

We begin on June 16.  Gurdarshan and Haring Khalsa have invited us to return to their garden.  Their garden was one of our last  we visited in the fall.  It is a lovely place and for those of us who saw it then should find it particularly interesting to see during spring-into-summer.

We also have confirmed invitations for July 7 and August 25 and several others that are tentative.  However,  please remember that  the success of our informal group depends on members securing invitations. 

I hope to see you all at the Khalsa garden on June 16 – 10 a.m. J Jean Hockman

When: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.
What:  Visit the garden of Gurdarshan and Haring Khalsa
Where: 2976 Pebble Beach Drive
Details: Gurdarshan writes: This garden has been an ongoing "project" for 26 years.  It is never finished as all gardeners will understand. We have incorporated rock work in the landscape plan.  My style is country rustic with a leaning toward the English garden.  I grew up in Seattle and it has been difficult to leave the water loving plants behind.  The focus is on flowers as our yard has become more shady over the years.

Driving Directions:
 I-40 to Country Club Road                        
1.  Exit I-40 at Exit 201 onto Country Club Dr - head S
2.  Continue S through the traffic light at Cortland Blvd - turn right onto Oakmont (no traffic light)
3.  Follow Oakmont as it winds around to Olympic - turn right (intersection is Y-shaped)
4.  Olympic ends at a 'T' - turn left onto Meadow Brook
5.  Turn right onto Pebble Beach Dr
6.  Turn right into the very first cul-de-sac
 East Butler
1.  Follow Butler E past the traffic light at Fox Glenn
2.  Turn left onto Continental Dr (no traffic light)
3.  Turn left onto Timberline Rd
4.  Turn right onto Augusta Dr
5.  Turn left onto Oakmont
6.  Turn right onto Meadow Brook
7.  Turn left onto Pebble Beach Dr
8.  Turn right into the very first cul-de-sac
Gurdarshan and Haring's phone number is 526 5831

About Flagstaff Garden Tours

The Flagstaff garden visits occur when we have an invitation to visit a garden or to hear a presentation on a gardening topic.  There are no membership dues. 

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Questions or problems subscribing?   Email Hattie Braun  at
Questions or suggestions about the garden visits?  Email Jean Hockman at

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