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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Urban Land Stewardship Workshop Series

Here is information from Kate Watters at the Grand Canyon Trust about the Urban Land Stewardship Workshop Series that they and TerraBIRDS are presenting: 
I want to pass along this information about an upcoming workshop series hosted by TerraBIRDS and Grand Canyon Trust at our historic homestead on Fort Valley Road.
Many members have been key supporters of a project to build a new barn for our volunteer program. We are excited to have a new, green facility to stage our service trips to the Colorado Plateau.
Now the work begins to restore the site to natural conditions and create a beautiful, functioning ecosystem and fabulous event space.

Here is some information on the Urban land Stewardship Workshop Series that may interest you.  
The 1 1/2 day workshop will be hands-on learning and practice in:
  • Applying ecological design concepts
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Soil microbiology and restoration techniques
  • Working with native plant palettes
  • Changing the world starting in your own backyard 
Friday, October 4th  1-5pm/Saturday, October 5th  9-3pm
2601 North Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff
Free and open to the public!
There is limited space, so register now!!
Email or call Kate Watters:

Medicinal Plant Talk

Hi, Flagstaff Folks,
We are hosting a free medicinal plant talk at Native Plant & Seed this Thursday evening at 5:00pm.
Thursday, September 26, 5:00pm (to 6:00ish)
Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed Nursery
400 E. Butler Ave.
Local herbalist, Mike Masek, of The Forager's Path School of Botanic Medicine, specializes in the traditional uses of Southwest plants for both food and medicine. Mike will give a free talk on many of our native medicinal and edible plants. I have taken classes from him in the past and the information he shares is really wonderful. Bring pen and paper to take lots of great notes, and be sure to bring warm clothes as this will be outdoors. Extra parking on Elden side street if lot is full. Happy Fall Equinox!!
Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed