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!

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015 Grants


1.       Jackee Alston & Hattie Braun, Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library, $250, for printing of signage, brochures, and other educational materials available at the county extension office

2.       Dot Himes & Valerie Dalton, San Francisco de Asis/ Love-a-Lot Project, $312, for purchase of tools, xeriscape plants, and native seeds

3.       Dave Schuck & Mary DeMuth, Lowell Observatory, $250, for creation of a Putnam Memorial Garden by Pluto Walk.

4.       Judy Springer & Laura Davis, NAU & Willow Bend, $250, for relocation of Michael Moore Medical Plant Garden to Willow Bend & NAU, for soils, hose, tools, and ground cloth.  

5.       Lissa Buyske, Colton Community Garden, MNA, $272.49, for hardware cloth in vegetable demonstration garden beds

6.       Tom Parker, The Arboretum of Flagstaff, $250-500, for a signage on the milkweed establishment program for monarch butterflies. 

7.       Dave Brimhall, Riordan Mansion, $207.15, for grape vine arbor over vegetable garden entrance.

8.       Rosemary Logan and April Smith, Pinyon Drive Community Garden, $214.85 (invoice from Peaceful Valley) for frost cloth, hoops for raised beds, and seedlings (no seedlings budget included).

9.        Linda Guarino, Olivia White Hospice Garden, $500 for a garden shed.

10.     Jeff Best, Sunshine Rescue Mission, $175 for the vegetable garden.


TITLE: Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library (signage and brochures for new library at the extension office)

MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: Jackee Alston,; 928-814-2280 & Hattie Braun,; 928-774-1868x170
SUMMARY: It is hoped that this program will enhance community interest in gardening, healthy produce, and seed saving. Our mission is to make gardening opportunities more accessible for the people of Flagstaff. A display kiosk by the seed library cabinets will provide planting guides, seed harvesting steps, and how to return or donate seeds back to the library. Book titles for further reading on gardening will be included in hopes of encouraging public library visitation. Restocking and library maintenance will be coordinated by a single, contact person and accomplished on a weekly and bi-weekly basis with volunteer help.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: Total Budget: $2050, asking for $250 ($100 for printing, $120 for signs, & $30 easels/mounting supplies)

TITLE: San Francisco de Assisi Love-a-Lot Need for Tools and Native Plants
MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: Valerie Dalton: 928-607-7502, Dot Himes: 928-640-1955,

SUMMARY: The Love a Lot project aims to educate and guide parishioners and interested community members in eradicating invasive weeds and restoring native plants to the Parish Grounds.  This year we would like to purchase tools of our own along with seeds for native wildflowers and grasses and starter plants for a pollinator friendly xeriscape area.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: Asking for $312 ($112 for tools, $100 for native seeds, & $100 for xeriscape plants)

TITLE: Putnam Memorial Garden at the Lowell Observatory
SUMMARY: In honor of William L. Putnam, former trustee and great nephew of Percival Lowell, they would like to make a small memorial garden adjacent to the Pluto Walk and Putnam’s memorial marker, installed at his death in 2014. The exact design of the garden is being worked out by Dr. Putnam’s daughter-in-law.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: Total: $250 = $140 four rosebushes + $110 assorted native perennials

TITLE: Watering System for the Michael Moore Medicinal Garden Relocation
MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: Judy Springer,, 928-523-7751
and Laura Davis,, 928-226-7294

SUMMARY: The project is to relocate the Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden from Olivia White Hospice Garden due to planned traffic pattern changes on Switzer Canyon Road, to two new locations (NAU and Willow Bend). They would like funding for hardscape, soil, ground cloth, and hoses for establishing the garden at NAU.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN: Total: $250 = $150 soil + $50 hoses and tools + $50 ground cloths

TITLE: Colton Community Garden, MNA
MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: Lissa Buyske,, 928-300-0007
SUMMARY: This grant application is specifically for the Colton demonstration garden and will show the community how to use season extenders, permaculture techniques, choose plant varieties that do well in this high desert area, compare different composting systems, and model different methods of predator control.  Our request for CMGA funds is specifically for the purchase of ½” hardware cloth to help protect four 4’ by 13’ raised beds from animals that burrow underneath the soil. This material is more durable and likely to prevent garden damage from burrowing animals than the 1” chicken wire previously used.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: $272.49 (4 rolls of ½” x 4ft x 25ft Hardware cloth)

TITLE: The Arboretum of Flagstaff Monarch Butterfly Kiosk
MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: Tom Parker,, 928-774-1442x124

SUMMARY: They wish to expand public awareness of milkweed and the monarch butterfly. Public awareness of the plight of the monarch and the importance of milkweed is an essential step in achieving conservation goals. This goal will be accomplished by developing and installing interpretive signs at The Arboretum and dedicating garden tours to focus on plant/pollinator interactions. They are asking CMGA for $250 - $500 for a portion of one interpretive sign (professionally produced, weatherproof UV resistant signs are estimated to cost $1,000 each and four will be produced to illustrate the relationships between milkweed, monarchs and the environment for the purposes of this project.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: $250 to pay for a quarter of a sign or $500 to pay for half of a sign.

TITLE: Riordan Mansion Grape Vine Arbor
MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: Dave Brimhall (928) 699-3331,
SUMMARY: This project will add to the aesthetics of the garden as well as support a historic grape vine being moved from its current location on the south side of the house to the garden area.  At present the vine is too close to the porch and the staff of Riordan Mansion requires us to cut it back severely each year so that it doesn’t encroach on the structure.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: Total: $207.15 (includes materials for posts, hardware, and stain.

TITLE: Pinyon Drive Community Garden
MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: April Smith,, 928-266-0877, Rosemary Logan, 928-853-4333
SUMMARY: Because of the exposed areas on MacMillan Mesa, the Pinyon Community would like to purchase season extenders, and materials for row covers. If funds are leftover, they’d like to purchase vegetable seedlings.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: $214.85 (estimate from Peaceful Valley) for frost cloth and hoops for raised beds. Seedlings (no seedlings budget was included, but they would like the remainder of a $250 grant for plants).


TITLE:  Olivia White Hospice Home Garden

MASTER GARDENER/POINT OF CONTACT: Linda Guarino ( or Crys Wells (

SUMMARY: In 2014 the garden had a microburst and lost 1 shed and damaged another. This would be a replacement shed that would be in the main garden.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN: $500 for the shed that will cost $$2130. The remainder will come from their budge and other donations.


TITLE:  Sunshine Rescue Mission


SUMMARY:   Request is for funds to help with planting an annual vegetable garden for the kitchens at the mission.


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