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, July 31, 2016

CMGA Summer Garden Tours Resume

Summer garden tours resume - more to come!
I am filling in for Debi Stalvey who is having a busy summer. I will host the tours on the 13th and 27th and Cindy Krznarich will hot the 20th Watch this space for updates.
Saturday August 13, at 10am.
Visit the garden of Susan Lamb and Tom Bean
4680 Lake Mary Road
Native plants surround this home and blend into the forest, offering varied habitats to insect pollinators, lizards, and birds. Columbines, monarda, and aspens favor the sheltered north side, while penstemons and Flagstaff senecio thrive on the sunny south.
Directions: Please do not rely on your GPS. From Beulah Boulevard, drive east on Lake Mary Road for 3.5 miles. Where the road reaches the bottom of a small valley, turn left onto the unmarked road by four mailboxes. About 1/2 mile past the gate, take the driveway marked “Bean—Rabbit Hill.”

Saturday August, 20, at 10am
Visit the gardens of Riordan Mansion. This has been a master gardener project for several years. Debi Stalvey and Gili Thomas head up the project this year.
Directions: 409 W. Riordan Road. Take Milton Road  south from downtown and turn right at Riordan Road. It is on the right.
If you want to take the house tour after, reservations are suggested for a Saturday. There is a fee for the tour.

Saturday, August 27th, at 10am 
We will tour the Doney Park garden of Loren and Joyce Cunningham.
The Cunningham's are pleased to invite you for a tour of their garden at 8775 Leah Lane.  To get to our house, take 89A north past the mall to Silver Saddle.  Turn right on Silver Saddle, go down about ¾ a mile, turn right again onto Leah Lane, and 8775 is the fourth house on your left.  It’s a white house with green trim.
Their mature garden features many native as well as non-native species.  There is a water feature, greenhouses, a vegetable garden in raised beds, and more recently-planted, a mini apple orchard with an evergreen buffer. 
Loni Shapiro (

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

AZ Native Plant Society

Chiricahua Mountain Field Trip and Workshop

Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Arizona,

August 13th-15th.

Arizona Native Plant Society
The Cochise and Tucson Chapters
will once again sponsor a weekend trip
and workshop to the
Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Cochise County on
August 13-15, 2016

These richly diverse mountains are one the northern-most islands in the Madrean Archipelago that encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua.

Come enjoy this weekend with us. Whatever the weather, there will be botanical treats and great company.

Tentative Schedule
Day 1: Arrive mid- to late-afternoon, check in, eat supper, and head for the Education Center for some plant talks and discussion.
Day 2: An all-day field trip to a location to be determined. Or alternatively, stay nearer SWRS and attend one or both of two shorter field trips. Evening program following supper in the Education Center.
Day 3: A morning field trip, lunch, and then depart. Guided return trip to points west via Texas Canyon Road and Rucker Canyon.
A few spots left!

Contact Ries Lindley for more details. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Seed to Table Workshops

Seed to Table Schedule of Workshops


Coconino Cooperative Extension Office
2304 N. 3rd St.

Tuesday, August 16th
Food Demonstration (45 mins)
Recipe: Tomatillo Salsa & Pico de Gallo
Food Safety Message: Food Allergies
Featured Produce: Tomatoes/Tomatillos

Garden Workshop (45 mins)
Fall Gardening
Tomatoes at 7,000 feet


Friday, July 1, 2016

CMGA Meeting Agenda 7/14

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 14 – 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 – Jim Mast
6:45pm – 6:50pm     Coconino County Fair:  Carol Burris
6:50pm – 7:45pm     Education:  The Gardens of Paris/France – Molly Larsen
15 minute break
7:45pm– 8:00pm     Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00pm - 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Jim Mast
     MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     Financial report – Sue Madden
     Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
          * Calendar (Tammy Valdovino)
          * Garden Tour
          * Fall Garden Clean up
          Continuing Education – Jim Mast
     MG Projects – Jackee Alston
     Historian – Tammy Valdovino
     Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?         
Next meeting:  August 11:  Edible Local Native Plants – Sheila Murray
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens

Explore seven creative local gardens and outdoor living

areas on a self-directed tour

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10AM-3PM

$12 per person, rain or shine

Maps available the day of the event only at

Viola’s Flower Garden, 2654 E. Rte. 66

Reservations: CT (928)853-0315

Sponsored by Viola’s Flower Garden and the Coconino Master Gardener Association