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, June 24, 2013

Herb Classes in Flagstaff

Mike Masek is conducting herb classes in Flagstaff in July:
Summer Herb Camp for Children, July 8-12
Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive, July 24-27
Introduction to Herbal Medicine, July 31-Aug 3

More information on all these courses is available at:

For more information, contact:
Mike Masek

Invasive Weeds in a Post-Fire Flood Zone Project

Connie Cowan from Museum of Northern Arizona and Kris Haskins of the Arboretum are holding their second workshop for the "Invasive Weeds in a Post-Fire Flood Zone Project".
You are invited to attend, and PLEASE also pass this information on to anyone else who may be interested, especially those in the Post-Fire Flood Zone on the eastern side of Flagstaff. 

Ethnobotanical plant walks announced

Phyllis Hogan will be conducting ethnobotanical plant walks for 2013.  They will be as follows:  
July 14 - Kelly Canyon
Aug. 11 - Little Spring
Sept. 8 - Mormon Lake
*Easy to moderate hiking
*Bring clothes appropriate for the weather
*Bring a lunch, sunscreen, and water
$20 Donation
Carpool meeting place and time will be given when you register.
For more information or to register, please come by Winter Sun or call 928-774-2884.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pam Koch High Country Garden 2013 Photo Contest Winner

Congratulation to Pam Koch for another great photo.  Since we began offering calendars she has added many photos in each of our calendars. She also wins many photo ribbons at the county fair as will as Floriculture ribbons for her flowers.  This time she won the 2013 spring photo contest with High Country Gardens and may be featured in one of their catalogs. Her prize was a $250 gift certificate for High Country Gardens.

Here is the announcement on the website.  

Loni Shapiro

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 6/13/2013

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 6/13/2013
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: Arboretum Plant Sale – sign-up sheet on the sign-in table
                                                      Volunteer your garden for the weekly garden tours.
               Hunter Kemmet will deliver manure from Equestrian Estates.  A $10 donation to the MGA is suggested; more if delivery is outside of town.

6:40pm-6:45pm                  Introduction of speaker – Jim Mast                 
                                                      Jan Busco – Growing Native Plants in Your Garden

6:45pm-7:45pm                  Continuing Education

7:45pm-8:00pm                  Refreshments –  Sherry Markel

8:00pm - 8:25pm                  Business Meeting – Debi Stalvey

Arboretum and Plant Sale: July 13, 10-4
                  Need volunteers
T-shirts fundraiser – See Sherry Markel

                                                      Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
                                                      MG Program Happenings (class) – Hattie Braun
                  Committee Reports:

                                                      Continuing Education – Jim Mast
                                                      Community Markets – Sherline Alexander
               MG Projects – Alison Coates/Loni Shapiro                                                  
                                                 Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
8:25pm – 8:30pm                  Gardening Questions?

Next meeting:                                     How to Enter Your Vegetables and Flowers in the County Fair. Ron Hiebert


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Upcoming learning experiences at Olivia White Hospice Home

There are two learning experiences coming up Olivia White Hospice Home:

May 23, 10am:  Hattie Braun will be demonstrating rose pruning followed by a pruning in our gardens with more than 40 roses.

June 13, 10:15am:  Dorothy Lamm will talk about noxious weeds in Switzer Canyon followed by work to remove them.

Both days will go until about noon. Parking is available at the First Congregational Church on Turquoise just past Switzer Canyon Drive. Do not park at the home. We will have water available and tools. Long pants, close toed shoes, and a hat are recommended. If you are not one of our regular gardeners, you will be required to sign a one day liability release and hear some brief information on confidentiality required at a Medicare facility.

Come join us! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail:
Loni Shapiro (
Volunteer Garden Coordinator
Olivia White Hospice Home - 752 N. Switzer Canyon Dr.