Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray a molting yellow rumped warbler eating aphids on her peach tree in Timberline. She likes to call him "Scruffles".

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 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!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens

Volunteer opportunities are available to organize this 3rd year of the event.  CMGA is sponsoring along with Viola's Flower Garden. Proceeds help to fund our annual garden grants. For information, call Colleen Tucker  853-0315 or email ( or Jenny Quarterman (

Volunteer Opportunity

Friends of Willow Bend Gardens
Help restore the gardens at Willow Bend! Tasks include weeding, pulling and snipping willow suckers, removing shrubs, and clearing away rocks and debris.
Gloves and tools are provided, or bring your favorite tools if you’d like. Our first volunteer day will be July 25, 7:30-10:30 am. Contact Kathleen Satterfield:
If you’re interested but unavailable on this date, email Kathleen and she’ll keep you posted on future opportunities.

2017 Master Gardener Class


Flagstaff Family Resource Center
4000 E. Cumming St.
Flagstaff AZ
Applications 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.
08/29/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/05/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/12/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/19/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/26/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/03/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/10/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/17/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/24/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/31/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/07/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/14/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/21/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/28/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
12/05/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $215
Registration Required: Yes
Instructor / Presenter: Hattie Braun
Offers CEUs: No

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Heirloom Seed Expo

Heriloom-Expo-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 -

Tuesday, July 18, 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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity

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

Please email if you are interested.

Friday, July 14, 2017

LEAF (Linking Edible Arizona Forests)

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). 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!

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. ​