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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Wildflowers of Coconino Calendar for 2018

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a gardener who loves cats here is an  idea. We don't have a calendar this year so if you want to look at wildflowers all year try this.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spring Master Gardener Classes 2018

Coconino Cooperative Extension will once again offer the Master Gardener Training Courses in Flagstaff
Class will start Feb. 6, 2018 and run through May 8, 2018. Class will meet every Tuesday morning from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at  the County Health Bldg, 2625 N. King St.t. Cost is $230 and will include a copy of the Arizona Master Gardener Manual.
For an application, please e-mail Brandie Gobble at
Class size is limited to 24 this spring and the class is first come first serve so don't delay.

Call Coconino County Extension 928-773-6100 to register

Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener Program.

Hattie Braun

County Director
Assistant in Extension
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Phone: (928)773-6118
Fax: (928)774-1860

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program

The 2018 Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP) Annual Meeting will be February 5-7, 2018, in Grand Junction, CO, at the Doubletree Hotel.  It's shaping up to be a fascinating event!

Schedule:  1 pm Monday the 5th through Tuesday the 6th, including a Monday evening poster session reception.  Half-day field trip to a nearby restoration trial and the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area on Wednesday the 7th, weather permitting.  

This event is free to attend.  
Group lodging information is at the bottom of this email.

Background:  This annual multi-stakeholder meeting brings together industry, agencies, practitioners, NGOs and researchers to advance our ability to put "The right seed in the right place at the right time" in the greater Colorado Plateau region of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.  The CPNPP is led by the Bureau of Land Management’sPlant Conservation Program effort to work with all stakeholders to implement the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration

Special focus for 2018:  We particularly invite those working in a Reclamation context to join us.

To Register and Submit Proposed Content:  Follow instructions below and reply to this email by December 22.  We welcome presentations of different types as well as Focal Sessions or working groups/ break-out activities.  

Topics of interest for this meeting include:
·        The Plant Materials Market/ Economics
·        Seed Testing and Certification
·        Seed and Seedling Collection and Production
·        Plant Materials Research & Development Pipeline
·        All aspects of use in Reclamation and Restoration
·        Case Studies and Best Management Practices
·        Communication and Education
·        New & Improved Tools and Techniques
·        Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat
·        Data Management and Analyses
·        Partnerships and Policy at all Scales

Meeting information will be posted and updated periodically on the CPNPP Meetings webpage, where you can also view the 2017 Program and presentations. 

Contact me, Adrienne Pilmanis, CPNPP Coordinator, with any questions: apilmani@blm.gov503-544-6465.

I look forward to seeing you in Grand Junction!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Well Water Workshop

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 a down-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!).
Please help spread the word and RSVP to Brandie Gobble  at (928)773-6110 or if you plan to attend. 


Hattie Braun

County Director
Assistant in Extension
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Phone: (928)773-6118
Fax: (928)774-1860

CMGA Holiday Party

Coconino Master Gardener Association Holiday Party

  • CMGA/Cindy Krznarich
  • 928-225-1698
  • Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 PM
  • Please RSVP and bring a wrapped garden gift (new or slightly used) for the White Elephant Gift Exchange (approx. $15 value)
    Please bring food for the potluck - main, side, salad, or dessert for 8-10.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 09, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

6:30pm – 6:40pm     Welcome – Sherline Alexander
      Volunteer opportunity announcements

6:40pm – 6:45pm     Introduction of Speaker – Gilli Thomas

6:45pm – 7:45pm     Education: Steve Alston – “From Seed to Loaf:  The Science of Natural Bread Baking”

7:45pm – 8:00pm     Refreshment break

8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Sherline Alexander       
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Financial report –Molly Larsen
Committee Reports:
     Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
     Fundraising – Cindy Krznarich
     Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
            December:  CMGA Holiday Party
     MG Projects – Jackee Alston
     Historian – Tammy Valdovino

8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?         

Next meeting: December 7 – Holiday Party potluck:  RSVP e-invite, bring gift for exchange

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Preserving the Harvest Documents

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
Local Resources
Contact Cindy at 928-255-1698 for any questions.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

 6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Sherline Alexander
         Discussion of CMGA election
         Fundraising committee opening
         Committee signup for Spring educational classes and for Fall 2018 conference

6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of Speaker – Gilli Thomas

6:45pm – 7:45pm             Education: Cindy Krznarich on “Preserving your Harvest”

7:45pm – 8:00pm             15 minute break (refreshments)

8:00pm – 8:25pm             Business Meeting – Sherline Alexander               

         MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
         Financial report – Sue Madden for Molly Larsen
         Committee Reports:
                   Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
                   Fundraising – Cindy Krznarich
                   Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
                         December:  CMGA Holiday Party
                   MG Projects – Jackee Alston
                   Historian – Tammy Valdovino

8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions?

Next meeting: November 9:  Steve Alston – “From Seed to Loaf:  The Science of Natural Bread Baking”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Volunteering - Friends of the Verde River Greenway

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 Conservancy. 

Click here to RSVP!

Meet 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. 

Bring 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. 

The 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.

Click here to RSVP

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
Clarkdale, AZ

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

Join 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. 

With 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 water supply. 

For more information visit:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Master Gardener Recognition Picnic


Master Gardener Recognition Picnic

  • Host:
    Hattie Braun
  • 928-774-1868
  • Sunday, October 1 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Viola's Flower Garden 610 Arizona 89A Flagstaff, AZ

    Preceding the picnic there is a walk:

    Pre-Picnic Native Plant Walk at Griffin Springs

    • Host:
      Susan Holiday & Melissa Amberson
    • Sunday, October 1 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Griffith Springs Trail Head 89A 2 miles south of Fort Tuthill
      Contact Hattie Braun at the extension office for more info.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AZ Native Plant Society - Flagstaff Chapter

Monthly Meetings
Third Tuesdays at 7pm

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

 September 19: "The Ancient, the Ugly, and the Nearly Invisible" Dr. Paul Minnis 
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 Mexico. 

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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Seed to Table

Our Seed to Table program is back and looks to be better than ever!

AmeriCorps 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

I’ve attached the flyer for the 1st four classes.

The final four dates are:
August 8: Cucumbers
August 15: Berries
August 22: Tomatoes and tomatillos
September 26: Harvest Party!


Hattie Braun
County Director/Horticulture, Coconino County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Phone: 928-773-6118
FAX: 928-774-1860