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, November 21, 2014

AZ Highlands Garden Conference Mtg.

The first brainstorming meeting for the Arizona Highlands Garden Conference will be:
Thursday, Dec. 4,1:00, Coconino Extension Office.

This is the date that most people could join us.  Bring your ideas.  I’ll supply the coffee and tea.

If you can’t attend but want to get involved,  let Hattie or Jackie know.

Thanks – Hattie and Jackie

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weed at Picture Canyon

Picture Canyon weeding daySunday 11/30/14, 9:30am-1pm
Hello! On Sunday, Nov. 30th there will be a volunteer day at Picture Canyon to remove mullein, thistle and knapweed. We will remove weeds from 9:30a to 1pm.
We'll meet in the parking lot off of El Paso Flagstaff Rd.

After the very rainy monsoon season this summer the mullein population exploded, and we need to remove the seed heads to control its reproduction. It is also important that we dig up Scotch and star thistle and knapweed.
Bags and tools will be available, but if you have garden loppers/clippers, please bring them. Also, bring a lunch and water.

Please come join us to remove these invasive species!

Killip School

Hi Friends of Killip School Garden -
This Monday, November 24th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm we are holding an End of Season Work Party.
If you feel like getting some fresh air, come on down to the Killip Garden.  Here are some things that we are working on:
  • Move barrels out of greenhouse 
  • Clean/replace floor of greenhouse to get toxic smell out
  • Organize tools/supplies 
  • Make an inventory of supplies
  • Put supplies away
  • Pull up irrigation system and put away
  • Cover garden with mulch/leaves/manure (if we could organize a run out to the llama farm for Monday morning, we could spread that on beds...)
  • Plant cover crop
  • Work on Cold Frames
Let me know if you can come and help out.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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November 2014 Meeting Minutes

Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 11/13/14, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 1601 N. San Francisco
Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
Continuing Education Joe Costion presenting “Greenhouse Design and Construction”.  Joe Costion has been the Construction Technology Department Chair at Coconino Community College for 10 years. In 2000 he developed the Alternative Energy Associates Degree program, and in 2004 he initiated the Sustainable / Green Building Associates Degree Program at the college. Joe teaches courses in Solar Home Design, Rainwater Harvesting, Green Building, Solar Applications, and Solar Greenhouse Design. He is currently designing an Organic Gardening Certificate Program for local foods initiatives.  Joe is a Founding Board Member of the USGBC Northern Arizona Chapter; a Board Member and Northern Arizona Director of the Arizona Solar Energy Association; and a Founding Member of the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program. He has a Master of Arts in Vocational Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Supervision. He is the Founder & President of the Board of Vocational Building Skills on the Navajo Nation and is on the Construction Trades Faculty for Northland Pioneer College. Joe is a 2003 graduate of the Flagstaff Leadership Program. He lives outside Snowflake, Arizona, and is actively gardening and developing a sustainable lifestyle. He is also the owner of Ashokala Gardens, a distributor of Soil Secrets Products.
A hat was passed to collect funds for the Highland Support Project fund for Teaching Sustainable Agriculture School in Western Guatamala. Joe and Kim have been teaching for this project. See First Giving for the details or if you want to contribute more:
Refreshments provided by Kathy Hilton, Melissa Amberson and Barbara Johnson
Business Meeting – Hunter Kemmet
Are there any other officer nominations from the floor? No
Vote on officers; President - Jim Mast,    VP – Ed Skiba,   Treasurer - Sue Madden, Secretary – Sherline Alexander; New Officers elected for 2015 one year term.
Standing Committees There is a sign-up sheet on the table to show your interest for any of the following committees next year.  Continuing education, Volunteer Support, Community Support, Master Gardener Projects, Special Projects
We need volunteers to organize this year’s Christmas Party on Dec. 11 Church is reserved – regular meeting day.  $50 budget, but there are supplies available.  If you’re interested, there’s a sign-up sheet on the table.  Martha Davis and Patti Van Tuyl volunteered.
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun.  Conference: Jackie Clark and Hattie Braun attended the conference meeting in Prescott.  Jackie has agreed to chair the planning committee for the next conference.  There will be a brainstorming meeting the first week in December.  There is a sign-up sheet for anyone interested in volunteering to serve on this committee.  Discussion will be about when to hold the conference, speakers, budget, ideas and forming the committees. Spring Class: Spring class starts 2-5-15. 1-4:30pm. Education rooms next to Basha’s, price the same.
MG badges and certificates: new master gardeners Emily Ross, Patti Van Tuyl, Marilyn Schwind, Martha Davis.
Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells Income $115.11 = 105 for aprons, 10 for membership, 0.11 for interest, expenses $598.36 = 500 for calendars, 98.36 for lunch for garden raffle volunteers, current balance = 3875.09 in checking, 141.35 in PayPal, total $4016.44.
Committee Reports:
Fund Raising
Aprons – Loni Shapiro – no aprons tonight, but will be available at the NAU South Campus Bazaar at the du Bois Center November 22nd and 23rd from 10 am to 4pm.
Calendars – Debi Stalvey - Calendars available for sale at Warner’s and Native Plant and Seed and tonight’s meeting $12 or 3 for $30. We will also sell them at the NAU South Campus Bazaar at the du Bois Center November 22nd and 23rd from 10 am to 4pm.  I need volunteers to help sit the table.  I am thinking two hour shifts.  Need 2-3 more volunteers. NAU requires a liability release will have to be signed by each volunteer. 
Sold 31 at the conference, sold 6 to others, have not checked with nurseries. Need 3 thank you cards for nurseries.
Give calendars to individuals who had a picture in the calendar.  
Hattie always takes (5) to the County Supervisors and (6) to the city council with a letter. 
One 2015 calendar to each speaker.  2015 speakers through May and 2014 speakers June to present.  Total of 10 calendars.
Continuing Education – Ed Skiba JanuaryGrant Recipients reviews (not confirmed) will be contacting grant recipients 2014, then go back to prior years to fill the hour. FebruaryKim Howell-Costion Greenhouse soils and Soil Secrets (not confirmed) March – Ed; one hole at a time. AprilHattie on flowers.  We will be needing a volunteer to take over continuing education because Ed is now the clubs vice president.
MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro – currently collecting receipts
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells 264.25 volunteer hours and 54 education hours. YTD totals are 3208.25 volunteer hours and 518.5 education hours
Gardening Questions? What do you do with raspberry after they have produced berries?  Cut growth after 2nd year.  What can you do with sunflower carcass?  Shred them and use in compost or let them dry and use them as stakes.
Next meeting: Christmas Party, December 11, 2014

Volunter Opportunity

Greetings, All,
There will be a Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) specimen mounting session on Thursday, November 20 from 1-3pm, at the Deaver Herbarium, Room 314.  Sessions will be ongoing through the winter months.
Experienced and new helpers are all welcome.   Training will be provided.

Deaver Herbarium is located in the Biological Sciences Building at 617 S Beaver Street.  Parking is difficult on or off campus, so consider taking public transportation. The number 10 bus stop is right in front of the building.

For more information and to sign up, please contact Gisela Kluwin at (preferred) or phone 853-9462

Posted by
D. Lamm 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Update from Jeff Best/Sunshine Rescue Mission

The garden at Dorsey Manor was very productive this past year.  We harvested 109 pounds of vegetables.  The harvest went to the S.R.M. kitchen for meals served from there.  I am planning on facilitating the garden next year.  Thanks to all who helped this year; Morrinda, Dawa, Tim, Mike, Alan, Ernie, Cameron and others.  We received funding this year from Warner's Nursery and Loni Shapiro.

Here is the break down:
Beans - 22 lbs.
Squash - 20 lbs.
Radish - 2 lbs.
Spinach - 1 lbs.
Onions - 1 lbs.
Lettuce - 10 lbs.
Carrots - 3 lbs.
Collared Greens and Kale - 7 lbs
Tomato - 43 lbs.
Chili pepper

Jeff Best

Coconino Master Gardeners Association

Monday, November 10, 2014

CMGA November 2014 Meeting Agenda

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 11/13/14
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

 6:30pm – 6:40pm               Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet

 Announcements                  Meeting Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
·         Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting                                             

6:40pm – 6:45pm               Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba

 6:45pm-7:45pm                  Continuing Education
Joe Costion presenting Greenhouse Design and Construction

15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm                  Refreshments provided by Kathy Hilton, Melissa Amberson and Barbara Johnson
And Raffle Prize Drawing 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Daily Sun Article from Sunday About Bees

The buzz on native bees

Saturday, November 8, 2014

National Park Update


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Terroir Seeds - Butterfly Milkweed and other info

Terroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens
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Butterfly Milkweed, Brussels Sprouts & Gardening for Birds

Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed
We have another species of milkweed to help the Monarch butterflies! The Butterfly milkweed is very attractive and a hit in both the garden and as a landscape showcase, where it shows off the vibrant deep yellow to orange flowers dripping with butterflies in the late spring to early summer.
Add this to your pollinator garden to draw in many different butterflies, bees and beneficial insects. It’s best to plant a variety of milkweed and pollinator attracting flowers that provide food for a diverse ecology of pollinators. You will not only be helping them, but they will visit your garden and the key to great production is excellent pollination, thus growing flowers in or around your garden will reap abundant harvests.
Plant now for early spring germination!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Volunteering at the Deaver Herbarium

PAPAZ (Plant Atlas Project of Northern Arizona) mounting sessions will resume on Friday, November 7 and Thursday, November 20 from 1-3pm, at the Deaver Herbarium Room 314. Sessions will be ongoing through the winter months. 
All are welcome, no experience needed, no knowledge of plants required, training will be provided. 

Deaver Herbarium is located in the Biological Sciences Building at 617 S Beaver Street. 
Since parking can be difficult on or off campus, consider taking public transportation. The number 10 bus stop is right in front of the building.

For more information and to sign up please contact Gisela Kluwin at (preferred) or phone/text  853-9462.

Dorothy Lamm