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, January 27, 2017

Deaver Herbarium Mounting Sessions

 Native Plant Lovers,
February 2 and 16, there will be plant mounting sessions on the third floor of the Biology Building at
 NAU in the Deaver Herbarium.  The session starts at 1:30. The sessions will continue on the 
first and third Thursdays of the month at 1:30pm. Come and enjoy the company of people who enjoy botany!
Contact emails are: or


Thursday, January 12, 2017

CMGA 2017 Garden Grants

It's time to think about gardening projects again! 
We're happy to announce that we've moved our grant cycle deadline to January 31st instead of May 31st and that we've allocated $5,000 for grants! 

Please see the attached flyer about the grant program and application. Or read the information cut and pasted below, if you have trouble with the attachments.

Email Jackee Alston @ with any questions.

Call for Grant Applications 
The Coconino County Master Gardner Association is currently accepting applications for the 2017 gardening season. Submit your application by  January 31st, 2017 Applications can be found at LINK
 Or contact Jackee Alston @ or (928) 814-2280 to have an electronic copy sent to you. 
Qualifying projects should: 1. Fill a need or give value to the community and/or CMGA. 2. Have some educational component for gardeners on the project. 
Notification of funding will be announced early February and checks mailed out shortly after. 


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

6:30pm – 6:45pm     Welcome – Sherline Alexander, president
          Outgoing president’s 2016 report – Jim Mast
6:45pm – 6:50pm     Introduction of Speaker – Gilli Thomas
6:50pm – 7:45pm     Education:  Presentations from 2016 grant recipients
7:45pm – 8:00pm     Refreshments and Raffle Prize Drawing
8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Sherline Alexandar
     MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     Financial report – Molly Larsen
     Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          FundraisingCindy Krznarich
          Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
          MG Projects – Jackee Alston
          Historian – Tammy Valdovino
          Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?      

Next meeting:           February 9:  Mick Henry and Hattie Braun – Care and Fun of Fruit Trees
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (

Summer Agricultlural Institute

Summer Agricultural Institute (SAI)
SAI is a five-day, traveling tour designed to teach K-12 teachers about food and fiber production and help them incorporate that knowledge in the classroom curriculum. SAI combines hands-on learning about agriculture with practical curriculum development.

SAI provides participants with free classroom materials that are aligned to Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. Participants will visit a variety of agricultural operations, spend an entire day at the University of Arizona's research farm, visit schools with active agriculture education programs, and spend an afternoon with a modern-day farming or ranching family.

The 27th SAI will be held Monday, June 5 thru Friday, June 9, 2017. We will begin in the Phoenix area and travel north to the cool-aired regions of Yavapai and Coconino Counties visiting agricultural industries along the way.

There is no cost to apply for SAI, but you must be accepted to participate. Apply by March 1 and only pay $85, if you are accepted. Apply after March 1 and pay $125. Accepted applicants will need to provide payment by May 25.

What have teachers said about SAI?
  • "An educationally jam-packed week!"
  • "Volumes of information - I'm glad it was fast paced."
  • "Tiring, but very educational!"
  • "Amazing, fast-paced, and informative."
  • "Long, but very intensive about learning how agriculture works."
  • "Packed with interesting info, extremely valuable, exhausting, not to be missed!"
Visit to find more information, such as answers to frequently asked questions, quotes from past participants, resources provided over the years, and a list of tours from the past 25+ years.

Be sure to visit our newly created Details webpage. There you’ll see a timeline of events for applying and when to expect what - if you are accepted to participate.

Contact Brandon Moak ( with any questions.

~  Please allow at least 24hrs for email responses. I apologize for the delay.  ~
Brandon Moak, LPC
Program Coordinator, Sr.
Agriculture Literacy Program