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

Friday, December 28, 2012

Desert Botanical Garden January Events

Itching to get your winter plant fix. Head down to the Desert Botanical Garden.   480-941-1225

Now - May 27, 2013



Using vibrant colors and shapes inspired by nature, Escobar works with steel, copper screen and resined cloth to create organic sculptures. Included with paid Garden admission.

Now - April 28, 2013

art at the garden


This fall, the Desert Botanical Garden will debut American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas’ monumental work, The Four Seasons. Haas was inspired by the 16th century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Now - December 30, 2012

las noches de las luminarias, presented by the arizona republic


Las Noches de las Luminarias offers guests a truly unique holiday celebration for 21 nights in December.

Cochise County Master Gardener Conference

Subject: High Desert Gardening & Landscaping Conference

The Cochise County Master Gardeners Association is planning their 20th annual High Desert Gardening & Landscaping Conference to be held February 14 & 15, 2013, at the Windemere Hotel & Conference Center in Sierra Vista. The website is up with conference program and registration information at Due to the facility the conference is limited to 180 participants. We have a special speaker Friday morning in honor of this being the 20th anniversary - Jeff Gillman is a professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota and author of The Truth about Garden Remedies and The Truth about Organic Gardening. Plus, as you will see we have a lot of other great speakers.

Please share the link above with any of your Master Gardeners that may be interested in attending.
Susan Pater
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Cochise County
County Director, Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development
450 S. Haskell Ave., Willcox AZ 85643
office: 520.766.3601 | fax: 520.384.3681 | cell: 520.507.5939

Thursday, December 27, 2012

First Coconino Master Gardener Association talk of 2013 - Start your year off right!

Start the new year right by attending the upcoming Coconino Master Gardener Association talk followed by a business meeting.  Don’t forget, attending both will earn you one continuing education hour and one volunteer hour.

Gardening without Pesticides

Learn how you can use non-toxic alternatives to keep your landscape looking great. Paul Gazda will share what he has discovered in his personal experience and as leader of the Sustainable Landscape Maintenance project at Northern Arizona University. Stay after the talk for refreshments and for the Master Gardener Association meeting. Non-members welcome.

Coconino Master Gardener Association Meeting
Thursday, January 10
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Winter Garden Open House

Todd Cisco is holding an open house of his garden on Dec. 13.  Anyone that heard him speak at the Arizona Highlands Garden Conference will surely want to attend.  And even if you didn’t have an opportunity, this is a garden visit not to miss.  He has many ideas for 4-season gardening.  Here’s some information about the open house.

I will be hosting a follow-up open house to the 4-season gardening seminar I did at your annual meeting on Thursday, December 13th from 9AM until dark. The address is 2645 E. Matterhorn Drive, in the Swiss Manor neighborhood.

I look forward to you attending and would also like to extend a warm welcome to anyone else who may be interested.

In summary, folks who stop by can see first-hand simple, inexpensive, usable techniques that can make 4-season gardening possible, and, view the progress of this winters crops right before the Solstice. As Peggy Pollack, senior lecturer at NAU's biology department stated after visiting the site of the tour, that actually seeing the techniques in person was the best confirmation of the information recently given during the presentation to her sustainability class on 4-season gardening.

Several FUSD and NAU classes will be attending in addition to community leaders, students, business owners, Master Gardeners and Flagstaff residents of the Winter Gardening Seminars given this past summer.

Please forward to anyone who you feel may find this tour interesting and I look forward to meeting anyone interested in learning how to grow- 4-season- more veggies in their backyard, or commercial techniques that can be garnered from the experience this type of growing has unveiled.

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

Phone:  928-774-1868  x 170
FAX:  928-774-1860