Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray. Swallowtail butterfly on phlox.

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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fruit Trees for Flagstaff/Apple Grafting

Happy Spring!

In the spirit of Johnny Appleseed, I am on a mission create more tiny orchards in Flagstaff backyards, community gardens and schoolyards. I have been frustrated over the years trying to find locally adapted apple varieties that are known to thrive in our high desert climate. I am teamed up with TerraBIRDS and collected scion apple wood from established Flagstaff “rock star” trees this winter. Now we will be hosting a hands on workshop for Master Gardeners and others to graft them onto semi dwarfing rootstock. The project is a partnership between TerraBIRDS and A Wild Farmer Consulting. The goal is to graft apple 150 trees, so we have work to do! The Ponderosa High Greenhouse and Environmental science class will care for the trees at the school nursery. In spring 2018, we will plant grafted trees in Flagstaff community and school gardens with TerraBirds. We will sell the remaining trees to the public at the Flagstaff Farmer’s Market to benefit the Ponderosa High school gardening program and help cover the cost of materials and care. By participating in this workshop you will learn all about apple trees and help us make more trees available to our community.

Apple grafting workshop details:
When: Saturday, April 1
Where: Ponderosa High School 2384 N Steves Blvd, #B
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: Free
Bring: Grafting knife if you have one or a very sharp knife.

Please email Kate Watters @ if you would like to participate or have any questions.

Kate Watters
Planting words, like seeds, under rock and fallen logs--letting language take root, once again, in the earthen silence of shadow and bone and leaf. 
~ David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous

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