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, March 11, 2016

March CMGA Monthly Lecture

For those who were unable to attend we had a great garden talk at our monthly meeting. Stephen and Cindy Scott the owners of Terroir Seeds came and provided "Tips for Seed Starting".  I have heard several talk about this topic but learned many new ideas last night.  Stephen covered the importance of knowing your frost date in deciding to plant seeds. He provided a link ( to check out your specific date.
Other topics covered were General Tips, Seed Germanination (moisture, temperature, light), Seedling Transplanting,, Seed Starting Mixes, Season Extenders, and some good tomato seeds for our short season. He added some brief remarks about seed saving, which varies according to what you are looking for (early or late season). One thing that I learned that I had not heard before was "seed orientation". If you look at a pumpkin seed there is the part that attached to the plant which is kind of flat. For speedier germination place that part down in the soil, because it is where the roots come out. It will most likely grow anyway but take longer if you put it flat on the soil. What a concept!
Terroir has 2 other links that you can print. One is a Seed Germanination Guide ( and the other is a Garden Journal  ( which everyone should keep for improving your garden each year. If you want to link to their web site the address is Stephen does a bi-monthly news letter that has tips for growing, info about new seeds, and some recipes for the crops you grow. If you go to the site he can add your email to the newsletter.

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