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!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

AZ Native Plant Society - Prescott

Arizona Native Plant Society
Chapter meetings and evening programs are held the 2nd Thursday in March, April, May, September, October, and November at 6:30 p.m. at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Rd, Prescott AZ. (928-776-9550), unless otherwise noted.

Glassford Hill Field Trip:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 7:30 AM
Glassford Hill Summit Trail
Prescott Valley, AZ

We will explore the new Glassford Hill Summit trail in Prescott Valley. This wide 2- mile switchback trail ascends about 1000 feet in elevation to the summit. We’re not sure what to expect, but with all the nice monsoon rains we've been getting, there should be some nice grasses and forbs blooming. Please contact Sue Arnold at or 928-910-9507 to participate. Meet at 7:30 AM in the Sam’s Club parking lot near Carl’s Jr and Chipotle. We will carpool the short distance to the trailhead. Bring water and snacks for the morning. We should be done by noon.

Highlands Nature Festival:

Labor Day weekend.  Friday, September 2Sunday, September 4 2016

Friday - 7 PM - Keynote Address: A Conversation with Cody Lundin - Yavapai College Susan B Hall Community Room - FREE
Saturday morning - Field Trips - Fees Involved

Saturday afternoon -  Open House 1-5 PM - Highlands Center
Sunday morning - Field trips - Fees Involved

For detailed field trip information go to:

To register for field trips and the keynote address, go to: or call 928-776-9550.

September Program - Debbie Allen:  “Botany, History, Exploration;  How a Southwest grass was named for two Spanish gardeners?”

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Highlands Center for Natural History
1375 S. Walker Rd, Prescott AZ

When Carl Linnaeus designed a way to classify plants and animals in 1758 he probably had no idea that his system would be rapidly accepted and still used worldwide 250 years later. People honored by genus or species names live on in Latin names bestowed in the early 1800’s. We get only the briefest glimpse into their identities - “a French physician and botanist” or “an English botanist of the early 1700’s.” The genus Bouteloua - the wonderful gramma grasses of the Southwest - is named for two Spanish gardeners. Who exactly were these men, and how did they have a grass found only in the New World named for them?

Annual CNC Wildflower Celebration:

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Community Nature Center
1980 Williamson Valley Rd, Prescott, AZ

After our region's annual summer rains, the diversity of wildflowers at the CNC's Interior Chaparral site is lovely. Join area naturalists on the trail to learn and have fun! Free wildflower walks will start every 15 - 30 minutes and last about an hour. Trails are not difficult, but some stretches are dirt with slope. Water and a portable restroom are available on site. Watch for a banner that will mark the turnoff.

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