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!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership Programs

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar June 11-14, 2015 NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership   
Campground Programs
Bonito Campground, Friday, June 12 8:00-8:45 pm. That Stinks! Skunks in Nature. What should you do if you encounter a skunk in nature? Come to find out more about these animals so you can protect yourself and your pets and learn how to reduce the risk of getting skunked. At the campground amphitheater.  
Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, June 13 3:00-3:45 pm. Seldom Seen. A guided walk with NPS ranger Robert Wallace about the mysterious things in nature that are typically overlooked but vital to understanding the natural world. No dogs please. Meet at campground amphitheater. 
Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, June 13 8:00-8:45 pm. The Ways and Whys of the Universe. Come join NPS ranger Robert Wallace at the amphitheater for a 45-minute chat and discover the wonders of our universe that have captivated people’s curiosities since the Stone Age.   
Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events
 Thursday, June 11  9:00 am-12:00 pm. The Cursed Incline. Go about 7 miles south on Lake Mary Road and meet at the first gravel pullout ¼ mile past Lower Lake Mary Dam. Climb Flagstaff Lumber Company’s ill-fated railroad incline up Anderson Mesa with USFS interpretive rangers Steve and Lois Hirst. Hunt for the disappearing outhouse, hear about the fireman’s jump for his life, and see remnants of long gone logging operations atop the mesa. Difficulty: moderate with a 500-foot elevation gain. Bring water and snacks.  
 Friday, June 12  10:00-10:40 am. Bombastic Basalt. Life’s mysteries have the power to change lives. The eruption of Sunset Crater  Volcano certainly influenced the lives of past inhabitants and its powerful presence can still be a lesson for all.   Come experience the volcano’s raw beauty on this 40 minute ranger-led walk with Robert Wallace. Meet at the  Lava Flow Trail at 10:00 am.  
Saturday, June 13   9:00-11:00 am. Leroux Springs Walk. Easy 2 mile walk to Little and Big Leroux Springs led by Karen Malis-Clark and John Westerlund. We'll visit the history and observe the revival of the springs. Meet 1 mile up Snowbowl Road. 527-8238 for more info.  For further information and site directions visit our website at
These informative programs are presented through a partnership between the National Park Service (Flagstaff Area National Monuments) and the United States Forest Service (Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest). Canceled in the event of rain, lightning, fire, snow, or high winds. 
Arizona Snowbowl  Friday, June 12 through Monday, June 15  10:00 am-4:00 pm.  
 Enjoy Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday through Monday this summer.   The grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet!  

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