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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Volunteer to Sow Seeds for the CSA

Good afternoon, 
Every year, volunteers donate several hundred hours to the garden starts csa project. We start sowing next Saturday! If you are looking for a way to volunteer your time, earn Master Gardener hours, or would simply like to learn more about growing seedlings, tor would just like to pass the time on a Saturday morning with fun folks, this is a great opportunity.
Our operation is on the south campus of the NAU greenhouse complex, and we always meet from 9am-12pm on Saturdays. If you think you might be interested in sowing, or other tasks connected to the garden starts this season (there are lots!), send me an email or call! I can give you all of the details.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Flagstaff Volunteer Experience

The Flagstaff Volunteer Experience is on March 10th from 12:30-4:30 at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Primary event from 3-4:30.

Interested in volunteering in Flagstaff but not sure where to go? The Flagstaff Volunteer Experience offers an opportunity to visit with local education-based non-profits to see where you might be able to help. Designed by the Arboretum at Flagstaff, the Arizona Historical Society, Arizona State Parks and Flagstaff Arts Council, our goal is to connect local people and non-profits by sharing information, an educational break out session, and a space in which volunteers and volunteer coordinators from around Flagstaff can meet, share resources and cross-pollinate to build stronger community bonds through volunteerism. Be a part of what makes Flagstaff great! Stop by and get to know us and the amazing cultural resources our sites have to offer.

Plant Medicine Summit

From Phyllis Hogan via Dorothy Lamm
Subject: Plant Medicine Summit: Restore Balance & Experience Deep Healing

What if the power to heal was all around you in the natural world?
Since the dawn of humanity, people from across the globe have used what was in “nature’s pharmacy” to heal themselves — botanical treatments, healing tinctures and medicinal remedies from the herbs, flowers and flora that surrounded them.
While the advances of modern medicine are miraculous, as we’ve pursued the newest frontiers of science, we’ve too often lost touch with our biological and spiritual connection to nature... and the healing power that comes through our plant allies.
Plants can purify, rejuvenate and evolve us, as well as sharpen our minds, extend our lives and deepen our connection with this blessed planet.
This is why I’m passionate about you joining me for The Plant Medicine Summit, where you’ll discover medicinal plants that can be easily grown in your garden — or otherwise accessed locally — and be introduced to trusted guides who can show you exactly how to use them wisely and effectively.

Free Online Event
The Plant Medicine Summit
March 15-18, 2016
Phyllis Hogan

Friday, February 26, 2016

Keep Sedona Beautiful

Preserving the Wonder Speaker

                                                     Photo by:  Susie Reed Photos
March 2016 Preserving the Wonder™ Speaker Presentation
360 Brewer Rd., Sedona,  Wednesday March 9, 5:30 pm
In Honor of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month
Speaker:  Susie Reed

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Colorado Native Plant Program

Greetings All!
For those interested in native plants/seeds this program is happening in Page, AZ on March 22-23. Check it out!

Attached is the agenda for the Colorado Native Plant Program for those who are interested.

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Susan Holiday, Northern Arizona Native Plant Society

Please send your name, affiliation and contact information to Adrienne Pilmanis, CPNPP Coordinator,; 801-539-4076

Friday, February 12, 2016

February CMGA Lecture - History of Fruit Trees at Slide Rock


 A sprayer and the Brown house in 1984
The speaker for our February meeting was Kathy Pendley Shaw. Kathy is the granddaughter of Frank Pendley who first homesteaded 58 acres of land in Oak Creek Canyon's Slide Rock. The Slide Rock Park today has more than 250,00 visitors each year. Many of the original buildings and trees (Arkansas Black Heritage Tree) remain there and are cared for by volunteers. He planted 13 varieties of apples, and raised 9 children. When he retired Kathy's father Tom continued to care for the trees each summer. The park now has 16 varieties of apples, peaches, apricots, and pears. Kathy continues to volunteer by caring for the trees with the Friends of Slide Rock. Their next volunteer day for pruning is on Feb. 25th from 9am-12pm. Contact Kathy if you want more information (

From the park web site:

This history is from the book Arizona State Parks: The Beginning Edited by Charles R. Eatherly. Filled with fascinating histories and stories, this spiral bound book is available from our Gift Catalog. Your purchase will directly support Arizona State Parks.