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

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Master Gardeners

Congratulations to our newest Master Gardeners!

Joan Degenkolb (2016)
Pam Chaney (2016)
Lynn Schiek (2016)
Pam Baker (2016)
Jacquelyn Gabert (2015)
Jessica Delmar (2015)
Michael Finney (2015)
Amy Caldwell (2014)
Lawrence Yazzie (2013)
Judy Springer

 Thank you for all your hard work! Hattie

 Hattie Braun
County Director/Horticulture, Coconino County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Phone: 928-774-1868 x 170

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CMGA Fall Yard Clean-up Raffle

Yeah! We have winners for the clean-up - Susan Thompson and Sue Holiday.  The alternate winners  of sping bulbs are Janis Lipton, PJ Wiebe and Monet Martin. $975 was raised with the raffle, with expenses of $144, netting $831 to add to our funds for next years master gardener projects. Sherline Alexander is looking for volunteers to help with the clean-up in October. Contact her ( if you want to help.

Ticket will be available for our 3rd Annual Yard Clean-up  Raffle at our next monthly meeting on 8/11, 630pm.  It is at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco). There will be a table at Warner’s Nursery each Saturday for selling tickets August 13, 20, 27 and September 3 from 10am-2pm.  Tickets will also be available at the extension office, call 928-774-1868 ext.190.   The drawing will be September 10th  at our Master Gardener Appreciation meeting.

Susan Thompson and Gilli Thomas are co-chairing the event this year.  They can be contacted at;
Susan Thompson, fall cleanup co-chair
928-606-1799 (accept text)

Gillian Thomas, fall cleanup co-chair

Follow this LINK for details and cost on our flyer. Watch this space for more details on where to purchase raffle tickets.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Annual Master Gardener Recognition Picnic

Please join us for the 9th Annual

Master Gardener Recognition Picnic
Sunday, Sept. 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
at Fort Tuthill, Navajo Ramada

All newly certified Master Gardeners will be recognized!

The Master Gardener Program will provide tableware, meat and veggies to grill and drinks. Please bring a dessert (last name A-G), side (H-Q), or salad (R-Z), preferably something from your garden. There will be lots of food so if you managed to use up all your zucchini by then or ran out of time to cook ‘cause you were working in your garden, please come regardless!
Everyone is invited! This includes all certified MGs, MGs still working on hours, MG class participants, family members and friends.

Please RSVP to Hattie at 774-1868 ext. 170 or by e-mail to with the number attending by Sept. 22.