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

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Native Plant Society - Plant Press

Winter 2014 Plant Press available online!

Mexican Tansyaster Psilactis gentryi  Photo by: Bob Herrmann

Winter 2014 Plant Press

The latest beautiful edition of Plant Press is now available online!

Settle in for a good Winter read and learn about native Arizona food plants, soils and their role in plant evolution, and so much more!

Please find Plant Press online by following this link:

Also, take the time to check out the Plant Press archives on our website.  There are so many past issues to be discovered for the first time, or read all over again - enjoy!

Happy Holidays!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Spring Master Gardener Class

Become a Master  Gardener!
Dates & Time:  Thursdays from 1:00– 4:30 p.m. February 5 — May 14, 2014 There will be no class on March 19 

Location: Northern Arizona Health Care 1000 N Humphreys (Left of Bashes) Cost: $250, limited scholarships available

Don’t Miss Your Chance, Register Early!      Class is limited in size.  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve  basis

The Master Gardener Program is a nation-wide program offered  through the Cooperative Extension network for those interested in learning more about the specific gardening and horticulture needs in their geographic areas.  The Coconino County Master Gardener Program emphasizes the needs and challenges of high elevation gardening.   The program involves both classroom learning and a hands-on volunteer  commitment to share gardening skills with the community.

For an application, call 928-774-1868 ext. 170 or  e-mail

Monday, December 1, 2014

CMGA Annual Christmas Party

Come join us for the annual CMGA Christmas Party on Dec. 11, at 630pm, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Check out this link for details:   link