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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 10– 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:40pm     Welcome – Jim Mast
     ·      Christmas Party signup sheet
6:40pm – 6:45pm      Introduction of Speaker – Loni Shapiro
6:55pm – 7:55pm     Education:  Creating a Rain Garden – Amy Caldwell
7:55pm – 8:00pm     Break
8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Jim Mast
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     ·      Survey
     ·      Outreach ideas
Nominations and Elections – Jim Mast
     ·      Slate to be presented, but nominations/write-ins welcome
Financial report – Sue Madden
Committee Reports:
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
Fundraising – Sherline Alexander
     ·      Calendar
     o   For sale now, need help with distribution
Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
     ·      Suggestions for meeting topics
MG Projects – Jackee Alston
Historian – Tammy Valdovino
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?         
Next meeting:  December 15:  Christmas Party at Aquaplex
     ·      Note that this is the third Thursday
     ·      Please sign up to help decorate, set up or clean up
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Homeowners Tree Workshop

Homeowners' Tree Workshop 
Tree Workshop

Keep Sedona Beautiful Mitzvah Day

10th Annual Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day 

An inter-generational, interfaith, spirit-led day  
of service to our communities and neighbors. 
Mitzvah Day at the Peace Garden 
Mitzvah Day at the Peace Garden

Sunday, November 6, 2016
NOON - Check in at one of the following places:
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinon Dr., Sedona
  • Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Rd, Sedona
  • Living Water Church, 1380 E. Mingus Ave, Cottonwood
12:30-3:30PM - Work at project sites

4:00PM - Arrive back at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 100 Arroya Pinon Dr., Sedona for pizza party and sharing your stories of the day.

Gardens for Humanity will be sponsoring two volunteer projects. Join us and help out.
Peace Garden at the Creative Life Center:
  • Digging trenches for new irrigation lines
  • Mulching
  • Planting
  • Trimming
Red Rock High School Garden:
  • Help move and spread wood chips for garden pathway
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