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 Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). 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 underContacts. 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.
Master Gardeners: We are offering a free well-water workshop on Saturday,
Dec. 9 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 2625 N. King St. I've attached a flyer with more information. This is adown-to-earth
seminar to help well users learn how wells work and function, and how to keep your water safe for use and drinking.Don’t think that this seminar will be too “technical” for you.This is a seminar where science is explained in simple terms (and you can ask questions!).
This is a post from our last meeting on October 12th from Cindy Krznarich. It includes information from her talk - recipes and resources. Each link has printable pages. Link 1
Your Essential Well Being Link 2
Fermented Vegetable Recipes Link 3
Contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org 928-255-1698 for any questions.
Pollinators are pillars of native ecosystems and they are in decline. Friends
of Verde River Greenway is designing, planting and maintaining several
pollinator gardens in the Verde Valley. We will be hosting volunteer
weeding/planting days at Shield Ranch, in partnership with The Nature
at Shield Ranch. From Camp Verde, head east on Highway 260 (about 5
miles from I-17) then take a R on Sierra Verde Rd. That road winds
around to become Sierra Land and then Pearce Lane. Look for a sign for
Shills Crossing, make a left and you come to West Clear Creek-cross over
the creek and look for signs.
a lunch, water, sun hat, close-toed shoes and clothes that are
comfortable to work in. We will provide tools, snacks and interesting
facts about pollinators!
Native Grass Planting Project at Rezzonico Park
Friday, October 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friends of Verde River Greenway, with support from the Nature
Conservancy (TNC), will be planting a native grass demonstration field
to increase public interest in landscaping with drought tolerant native
plants to increase water conservation efforts. We are partnering with
the Town of Camp Verde at Rezzonico Park (across from the public
library) to grow a half-acre of wild-collected native grasses to
showcase the production of drought tolerant native grasses for the
public. The proposed half-acre grass field will be comprised of
wild-collected native grasses from the area, including blue gramma, cane
bluestem, sand dropseed, giant sacaton, and bull grass. These grasses
will increase wildlife habitat, including food for birds, nesting
habitat for pollinators, reduce bare ground, and beautify Rezzonico Park
with native plants.
Meet at Rezzonico Park (next to the Camp Verde Library 130 Black Bridge Loop Rd, Camp Verde).
Bring a lunch, water, sun hat, close-toed shoes and clothes that are
comfortable to work in. We will provide refill water, snacks, tools and
supplies, and fun facts about native grass.
Community Kayak Day with the Clarkdale Kayak Company and One for the Verde
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two Guided Trips: 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
This special day will support One for the Verde. Take a float on the Verde River for the special 1/2 price rate of $40.00. Experience the beauty of the Verde River up close with experiences guides.
Space is limited so call: 800 478-4711, to book your spot today!
Lunch with the Tamarisk Coalition
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Cottonwood Recreation Center
us for a complementary lunch and learn about efforts to restore crucial
habitat across rivers across the Colorado River Basin as well as
efforts here in the Verde Watershed. Space is limited, so please click here to RSVP today!
Red Flat Meadow Restoration & Erosion Control Project
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
our partner the National Forest Foundation, volunteers will with help
implement the final stage of the erosion control work by moving down
vegetation to gullies to catch and hold sediment. This simple
technique will go a long way to protect the Verde River and downstream
September 19: "The Ancient, the Ugly, and the Nearly Invisible" Dr.
The long history of the complex relationships between people and
plants in U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico is more than fascinating; it also
can be useful! Plant remains recovered from archaeological sites help piece
together this story, despite the fact that the remains are often exceptionally
small and sometimes seem just plain ugly. Dr. Paul Minnis, Professor of
Anthropology Emeritus, University of Oklahoma. Paul Minnis' research focuses on
archaeology, prehistoric ethnobotany, cultural ecology and sociocultural
evolution, and the prehistoric biodiversity of the southwest US and northern
October 17: "The Plant Communities of Springs"
Lawrence E. Stevens, Ph.D. Larry Stevens is an evolutionary ecologist and the Coordinator of
the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Springs Stewardship Institute, which is
dedicated to improving understanding and stewardship of springs ecosystems. He
also serves MNA as the Curator of Ecology, and is the Senior Ecologist for
Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, a conservation organization in
Flagstaff. He is a long-time Colorado River whitewater guide, and served
as Ecologist for Grand Canyon National Park (1988-1994). He has conducted
extensive research on southwestern biogeography, conservation ecology,
endangered and non-native species biology, as well as springs, riverine,
wetlands, and dam ecology and management.
Saturday, October 21: Larry Stevens will lead a field trip to
Montezuma Well, to explore the great contrasts between vegetation types as we
move from springs, to riparian, and then into xeric ecosystems.
To carpool, meet at the OneAZ Credit Union at the corner of Beaver
and Butler at 8:30 am. Bring the usual sun protection, water, and your lunch.
Our Seed to Table program is back and looks to be better than ever!
member Emily Melhorn has been working on recipes, Derek Bowerman is
back to assist, Rebekah Glassy is our extern for the summer, and Brian
Moody is on hand to make
sure we take care of the Bus Stop Garden. Liz George and Lynn Schiek
have helped with the planning and planting. Loren and Joyce Cunningham
will join us in August for more salsa making and tasting. Trish and I
are just sitting back and relaxing!
The first Seed to Table is Tuesday, June 13th from 5-7pm at the Coconino County Extension (2304 North Third Street).
We’ll cover growing greens, composting, kale smoothie tasting,
washing of greens and a micro-perforated bags demo.
June 27: Radishes and Onions and Rainwater Harvesting
July 11: Pesto and Herbs and Growing Herbs and Produce in Containers
July 25: Green Beans, Soil Amendments and Planting for Fall Crops
Please join us September 22 - 24 for a lively conference highlighting how to bring edible trees to Arizona's urban areas –
edible trees are those that produce fruits, seeds, nuts and pods that suit people's tastes.
The LEAF Network is partnering with the Tucson City of Gastronomy to present information for public, private and NGO planners (Friday) and community members (Saturday), and to provide tours of edible tree sites (Sunday). We are holding the conference at the
Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 West River Road.
are providing free tables for nonprofit, school and government
organizations in the lobby to display information. We also have
sponsorship and tabling opportunities for businesses. If you
would like to reserve a table, please contact me,
For more information, go to
Please forward this message widely to all who might be interested.
Friends of Willow Bend Gardens
August - September, 2017
Please join us in preparing the gardens for this year's programs at the Willow Bend
Environmental Education Center, 703 E. Sawmill Road.
Kathleen Satterfield: email@example.com
If you’re interested but unavailable on these dates, email Kathleen and she’ll keep you posted
on future opportunities.
Schedule: 9 am - 12 noon (day's work is finished and area is cleaned up by noon).
August 28 Monday
September 1 Friday
September 5 Tuesday
September 7 Thursday
September 11 Monday
September 13 Wednesday
September 15 Friday
September 18 Monday
September 19 Tuesday
Gloves and tools are provided, or bring your favorite tools if you’d like.
Pollinator Garden: finish south section - groom and plant
Arch Garden: remove stone chips, weed, tidy up
East Slope (below fence): weed
Meadow Garden: weed and re-seed; keep moist
Entrance Garden: pull and snip Woods' rose and locust, remove any weeds
Peripheral areas: pull and snip invasive ramets, weed
Between garden perimeters and flagstones: weed and/or apply weed cloth
Move cold-frame somewhere out of sight
Thanks to Colleen Tucker and Jennifer Quarterman for another successful Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens. Money raised from this project will help support CMGA Garden Grants for 2018.
I was able to tour 6 of the 7 gardens and with only a few drops of rain. They were all very beautiful and yet different in size and focus. We had a wonderful selection of plants and styles, from the more formal Japanese "strolling garden" at the Babbit house on Leroux to the Farm Your Front Yard at Julie McDonald's home. Below are some photos of the gardens, in addition to the one opening this blog.
Ben Bethel and Uri Morales residents at the Babbit House.
Back of house with pathway to a seating area.
Detail of pathway includes many patches of thyme.
Tina Ayres and Randy Scott
Greenhouse and water collection in front of the home
are now being accepted for the fall 2017 Coconino County Cooperative
Extension Master Gardener Training Course. This course is part of a
nation-wide certification program that provides horticulture training to
volunteers for the purpose of enabling them to help their communities
through horticulture education. This course is designed for those who
are interested in learning more about high elevation gardening and who
are willing to share this knowledge with others. Participants will learn
the keys to successful gardening in high elevation environments. The
course covers basic botany, soils, plant propagation, plant problem
diagnosis, insect management, pruning, fruit tree care, vegetable
gardening, Xeriscape, irrigation, ornamental plants, composting, and
urban forestry. Class runs for 15 weeks.
The National Heirloom Expo features three
full days of nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers that
include Vandana Shiva, Ronnie Cummins, Jeffrey Smith, Robert Kennedy,
Jr., along with many more. More than 4000 varieties of local produce
will by displayed. Purchase gardening supplies, seeds, sustainable
living goods, and so much more from 300 vendors. The exhibit hall will
be home to more than 150 heirloom related exhibits.
Follow this posting for further details - http://theheirloomexpo.com/
Request for Master Gardener Volunteers from Laura Davis
The Michael Moore Medicinal Plant Garden needs two
or three volunteers to help move the plants from the Olivia White
Hospice Home (OWHH) garden to its new home at the Willow Bend
Environmental Center (WB).
-the project will be ongoing throughout the summer
-we will need to amend the soil at Willow Bend
-do some design work
-help with native medicinal plant guide for garden
-move plants from OWHH to WB
-plant new plants grown out at the NAU greenhouse
-tidy up the gardens space at OWHH
-may involve some native plant propagation, seed collection
A new site has been added to Pages on this blog under References & Resources. It provides the site for the organization LEAF (Linking Edible Arizona Forests). https://leafnetworkaz.org/. The site offers educational information about what trees are seen in AZ, where (what altitude), and how much water is required in addition to detailed planting info. Check it out!
HOW TO USE THE EDIBLE TREE GUIDE AT THE WEBSITE
The LEAF Network’s Growing Edible Arizona Forests, An Illustrated Guide,
helps you LEARN, CHOOSE, PLANT, CARE for, and HARVEST edible trees. We
use the term edible trees to describe trees that produce fruits, nuts,
seeds and pods that suit human tastes. Trees in people’s yards,
communities, orchards and open spaces create Arizona’s Edible Forests.
You can download the entire Edible Tree Guide or go to sections of
the Guide at this website to see more explanations, photos,
illustrations, and resources to help you get started enjoying edible
trees. At the top of each Guide section is a link that allows you to
print that section.