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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CMGA Annual Garden Grant Applications

Do you have a gardening project in Coconino County or want to start one? Does this project benefit our community in some way? Could you use some extra cash to help with it? Then we have good news for you!

The Coconino Master Gardeners Association (CMGA) is looking to fund garden projects with small grants of up to $500. Grants are due by May 31st and the one-page application can be found attached or at CMGA projects will be given preference. However, the process for approval is simple if you’d like to apply. Please submit the project form ( to Jackee Alston ( at any time.
For all funding applications, please submit them before May 31st c/o Jackee Alston either via email to: or by post at:

c/o: Jackee Alston, MG Projects Committee Chair
PO Box 3923
Flagstaff, AZ 86003-3923

If you have any questions, please contact Jackee by email at any time. Happy gardening!

Jackee Alston

Saturday, May 14, 2016

CSA Vegetable/Herb/Flower Starts

I will be selling some of the leftover starts at the first farmers' market this Sunday. We have Bloomsdale spinach, lettuce (speckled trout back, black-seeded simpson, and a lettuce mix), bachelor buttons, ruby red chard and Santoh mustard. Current members, come on over and say howdy, I'd love to hear how your garden is doing!


Regan Emmons
Grow Program Director
P.O. Box 605
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
(mobile) 808-344-0904

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 12 – 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Jim Mast
6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of Speakers – Loni Shapiro
6:45pm – 7:45pm             Education:  Self-Watering Containers – Jackie Clark
          15 minute break
7:45pm– 8:00pm              Refreshments provided by Debi Stalvey and Sherline Alexander
Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00pm - 8:25pm              Business Meeting – Jim Mast
          ·         Daily Sun gardening column
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Financial report – Sue Madden
Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
          ·         Calendar – Michelle Cathey
          Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
          ·         June:  Growing Roses at 7,000 Feet – Carol Chicci
          ·         July:  The Gardens of Paris/France – Molly Larsen; Coconino County Fair preparation
          ·         August:  Edible Local Native Plants – Sheila Murray
          MG Projects – Jackee Alston
          Blog – Loni Shapiro
          Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions? 
Next meeting:                  June 8:  Growing Roses at 7,000 Feet – Carol Chicci
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

Monday, May 9, 2016

Grand Canyon Volunteer Opportunity

If your not a member of the Grand Canyon Association now is a great time to join. Supporting our national parks this year is particularly important (100 years). Membership provides many opportunities for education and volunteering.
Grand Canyon Association Volunteer
Opportunity at the North Rim
Have you ever wanted to volunteer at Grand Canyon? Grand Canyon Association is excited to partner with the National Park Service to offer volunteer opportunities for Grand Canyon Association members.

Join us on the North Rim, May 29-June 4, and volunteer with the NPS vegetation crew to replant native vegetation and remove non-native plants. Volunteers will camp and all meals will be provided.
To learn more, check out our Volunteer Week page or read through our volunteer FAQs. You can also contact Megan Gray at or 928-638-2481.
If you are ready to sign-up now, please complete our registration form and send along to
We hope to see you there!!

Grand Canyon Association, PO Box 399, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023-0399
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Glen Canyon Hanging Garden Wildflower Hikes

From Katie Wood from the Page Master Gardener Class

Attached is a link to a flyer about wildflower hikes

For questions contact: or (928)608-6352

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Preservation of AZ Joshua Tree Forest

Plateau Conservation Committee – Sierra Club Meeting
Discussion Topic
Speakers: Friends of AZ Joshua Tree Forest Board Members

Chuck & Pam Steffen along with Vern & Char Farris Est. 2007
Where: JCM Adult Center Thorpe Park - Flagstaff

When; May 12th 6-7:30 pm
Why: Fun to learn about these biodiversity gems in AZ

Questions: Contact Joe Shannon