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!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Garden Club Visits

What: Visit to the garden of Dana Prom Smith and Gretchen Smith
When: August 10, 10 a.m.
Where: 397 West Cattle Drive Trail. 
Description: Dana writes:  I designed the front yard after admiring a hillside on a trail near our house.  The side yard is our vegetable garden.  Our backyard was designed as a haven.
Driving Directions:  Go south of Lake Mary through the Interstate 17 underpass.  Turn right on High Country Trail.  Turn left at second junction which is Cattle Drive Trail.  Go up over a hill, and on the down slope just past Marble Canyon, the house is the second the right.

PLEASE WATCH FOR UPDATES TO THIS SCHEDULE!!  And remember that we would love to visit your garden. To invite us or to organize a visit to the garden of a friend or neighbor, please email Jean Hockman,

What: Visit Olive White Hospice Garden, led by Loni Shapiro
When: August 17 10 a.m. – 752 Switzer Canyon Drive
Description:  Enjoy the garden includes some new areas such as the Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden in the shed/trellis area,  the changes in the Native Garden, the new FUTS Trail that surrounds the property, and a new pathway on the corner constructed by  local Boy Scouts. The gardening team will have refreshments grown the garden, some giveaways (seeds/potpourri), and their usual fund raising sale items (jewelry/cards).
Parking  Directions: Parking is not available at the home. Park at the 1st Congregational Church on Turquoise just past Switzer Canyon Drive.. From there it is just a short walk to the main garden..

What:: Visit the garden of Charlotte Dodgson
When: August 24, 10 a.m.
Where: 2940 W Darleen Dr in Cheshire
Details: Charlotte writes: I purchased my home in 2005 and the previous owner described the yard as being "dog ready", meaning that nothing was growing anywhere around the property. It took me five years to remove lots of gravel, dying trees, put in flower beds, and fix a massive water problem that flooded the front yard every time it rained and the water from the street and runoff from the roof brought water onto the front porch and almost into the house. Driving Directions: 180 to Freemont, Left.  When Freemont becomes two lanes instead of 4 lanes Darleen is on the Left. The house is the second on the right. White with black trim and yellow shutters. Three can park in the drive way if they park as far to the left and right as possible then someone can park in the middle, or anywhere on the street.

What: Visit garden of Ann Eagan
When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m.
Where: 3499 S. Walkup Dr., Flagstaff
Description: Ann writes, “Starting in 2009 we began to transform the front yard from a blue grass lawn into a largely native plant garden full of wild geraniums, Mexican Hat, asters, Hooker’s evening primrose and more. This year we planted tomatoes in a new bed next to the front porch and the tomatoes love it. We also store about 1800 gallons of rain water.”
Driving directions: Take Beulah Ave. to University Heights Drive North, turn right on University Heights Dr. North. Turn left on Walkup Dr. (third street on the left). 3499 is the last house on the right.  It is the house with the solar panels.
The house is on the corner of University Heights Dr. South and Walkup Dr. It is best to park on Walkup Dr. or in either of our driveways (one on Walkup and one on University Heights Dr.)

PLEASE WATCH FOR UPDATES TO THIS SCHEDULE!!   And remember that we would love to visit your garden. To invite us or to organize a visit to the garden of a friend or neighbor, please email  Jean Hockman, .  If you are not already on the list to receive updates to this notice and would like to receive notices, email Hattie Braun

What: Visit garden of Claire Wendt
When: September 14, 10 a.m.
Driving Directions:

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